A special exhibition celebrating the 40th
anniversary of Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark (OMD) will take centre stage
at Liverpool’s British Music Experience (BME) in October.
In tribute to the legacy of the Wirral synth-pop pioneers who sold an impressive 25million singles and 15million albums, the showcase will open to the public from Friday 11 October.
Entitled Souvenir: 40 Years of OMD includes the band’s instruments, stage outfits, prints, posters as well as Andy McCluskey’s personal binders full of ideas, photos and press cuttings.
On display is
also the Vox Jaguar Organ on which Paul Humphreys played Electricity, Messages
and Enola Gay, and the 1974 Fender Jazz Bass played by Andy on Enola Gay,
Messages, Souvenir, Joan of Arc and Tesla Girls.
To complement the artefacts, there will be a short film featuring live footage of the band on the main stage screen at regular intervals throughout the day, and interactives that let you hear how the iconic instruments on display sounded in the original recordings.
Merch Store will have a great range of OMD items for sale, including t-shirts,
prints, limited edition box sets and books.
The exhibition is the latest instalment in the band’s 40th anniversary celebrations which have included the reissue of their first four classic albums on 180g vinyl, followed by a world tour which starts in Portugal in October and finishes in Paris in 2021.
A special, sold out Q&A session with OMD co-founders Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys will take place the evening before it opens to the public (Thursday 10 October).
see Souvenir: 40 Years of OMD, when they
purchase a general admission ticket for BME which can be bought at the venue,
or online: www.britishmusicexperience.com.
Andy McCluskey, said: “A one-off
concert at Eric’s Club in Mathew Street in October 1978 just to satisfy our
need to be able to say “at least played our crazy songs live”, turned
into a remarkable 40-year odyssey.
honoured to have an exhibition at BME in Liverpool celebrating the journey from
a two-piece experimental band with a borrowed tape recorder, through all the
hits and world tours. It is incredible to look back at the primitive
instruments on display and remember that it was with this miscellaneous
collection of decaying junk that we set out to change the world!”
Goldsmith, CBE, Chair of the Trustees for the British Music Experience said: “We are thrilled to
celebrate OMD’s 40 years with this exhibition. This much-loved band formed in
Wirral will shine a light on the extremely popular electronic synth music of
the ‘80s. A must for all fans.”
McManus, Head of UNESCO City of Music, said: “OMD are one of the great Merseyside groups so
it is only fitting that they are celebrating their anniversary in the city.
BME is the perfect place for what is a unique exhibition and a fascinating
insight into an extraordinary 40-year career that has made OMD well known
across the world. I was lucky enough to see them in their very early days and
we should recognise them not just for their great songs but for their role as
pioneers of British electro/synth pop.”