Chronology of the group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.

Part I (1978-1988)

1978 Eric's doorway


  • 28 September 1978 - First live performance of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
  • 12 October 1978: first (advertised) gig at Eric's Club in Liverpool supporting John Dowie.
  • 20 October 1978: first gig at The Factory, Manchester. Support to Joy Division and Cabaret Voltaire. Tracks included on the 'DEP2' EP released free with early copies of Organisation were recorded here.



OMD OMITD album release and tour dates


Smash Hits March 19, 1981 cover
  • 1981-01 / 04: the group continue to tour the USA, Canada and France. Setlists are a mixture of the first two albums although a new track 'She's Leaving' is also performed.
  • 21 February 1981: BBC Radio One broadcast a short set recorded live at the Paris Theatre on 04 February 1981. Some of the group's equipment was stolen before the gig.
  • 19 March 1981: Smash Hits cover photo. The issue[5] carried a free flexi-disc featuring a live version of Pretending To See The Future for which the lyrics are also printed.[6]
  • 06 August 1981: Smash Hits carries the story that the group have been recording demos for their third album expected in October, and that a new single Souvenir 'should be' out on August 14. It is also reported that Enola Gay is "a monster in Italy as is the Organisation LP in France". [7]
  • 25 August 1981: new single Souvenir enters the UK charts at no. 41, going up to no. 23 the following week.
  • 03 September 1981: OMD perform Souvenir on Top of the Pops for the first time. The group line-up features Paul Humphreys singing (miming) lead vocals for the first time on the show, plus new member Mike Douglas (playing xylophone!) as well as Martin Cooper (sax), Malcolm Holmes (drums) and Andy McCluskey on double bass.
  • 03 September 1981: Smash Hits interview and feature. A group photo features the McCluskey/Hunphreys/Holmes/Douglas "new line-up". The Souvenir single is reviewed as "ethereal but rather hollow".
  • 17 September 1981: Souvenir is featured again on TOTP although in a repeat of the 1981-09-03 performance. The single is at its peak position of no.3. Smash Hits also give details of a new tour starting in November "assuming they've completed the new LP they're currently labouring over". It is also reported that Martin Cooper has re-joined the band and that Mike Douglas has formed his own band Godot. (Douglas will be playing live with The Human League within the year).
  • 15 October 1981: new single Joan of Arc (released 09 October 1981?) advertised in Smash Hits as being "from the forthcoming Dindisc album Architecture & Morality".[8]
  • 20 October 1981: Joan of Arc enters UK charts at no.36.
  • 29 October 1981: OMD appear on TOTP to perform Joan of Arc, now at no.21.
  • 29 October 1981. Smash Hits Architecture & Morality album review (9/10), advertisement and competition to win LPs.
  • 07 November 1981: Architecture & Morality tour begins at Lancaster University.
  • 08 November 1981: (possibly 06 November) Architecture & Morality album released.
  • 12 November 1981: Repeat showing of TOTP perfomance of Joan of Arc. The single is at its peak position of no.5 and will remain there for one more week.
  • 14 November 1981: Architecture & Morality enters the UK album charts at no. 5, climbing to no. 3 a week later (kept off the top spot by Adam & the Ants and Queen).
  • 04 December 1981: concert at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London filmed and recorded and later released on VHS.
  • 25 December 1981: New performance of Souvenir on TOTP Christmas Day show featuring the "classic" four-piece line-up for the first time.


Part II (1991-1998)


  • 18 March 1991: New single Sailing On The Seven Seas released.
  • 07 April 1991: Sailing On The Seven Seas enters the Top 40 at no.36.
  • 05 May 1991: Sailing On The Seven Seas reaches peak position of no.3, beaten only by The KLF and Cher.
  • 07 May 1991: New album Sugar Tax released and enters the UK charts on 12 May at no.5
  • 24 June 1991: A remix of the Sugar Tax track Pandora's Box is released as a single.
  • 11 July 1991 - At no.26 in the UK charts, Pandora's Box is performed for the first time on TOTP.


  • 15 January 1994 - last OMD live performance (Pretoria, South Africa) for the next 22 years.

Part III (2005- )


  • 30 May 2005: McCluskey & Humphreys record German TV Show The Ultimate Chartshow and decide to get back together again. (source)



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