I've been listening to this a lot, Messages by OMD. For younger readers, OMD (full name Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark) were an 80s synthpop band from The Wirral. I can't decide if they were cool or not (I mean, at the time). They were and they weren't from what I remember. A bit nerdy, but it's easier to get away with that kind of thing these days. Some of their songs still sound amazing. Their biography is a good read. And wasn't their pompous band name the inspiration for The Smiths getting their name?

Where are they now? According to wikipedia, Andy McCluskey was reponsible for Atomic Kitten and the other one is making music with her out of Propaganda.

Yes, it's all coming back to me now. But 'Dazzle Ships' surely had to be their finest: see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Uo7h32IXo

They were very cool when they started out, they were on Factory. I bought their first single, Electricity, which was ace and then Red Frame White Light which is the best song about a phone box ever written.

I confess, I don't know much apart from their singles.

David, do you mean finest graphically or musically? I like the ones where there are more tunes than bleeping noises.

Paul - Must check out that phone box song, that's excellent!

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