Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2004 (The 2005 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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If You Leave (1986)

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Will Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


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If You Leave (Pretty In Pink)

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 02.6.11 @ 05:57am

Now on tour! Rolling Stones actually reported this in their news section.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.1.11 @ 05:28am

Really good synthpop band. I'm not sure they're one of the more notable synthpop omissions, though. I'd like to see GFW's analysis on this one as I know he's more familiar with OMD than me.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 12.9.11 @ 07:29am


OMD Marvel Over Synthpop's Growing Fanbase
British electro veterans remember when they 'couldn't get arrested' in USA

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 04.16.13 @ 20:56pm

OMD were always the weirdos who sold millions of records, but never had an image, never got asked for an autograph in public, never were at the big parties, never did Band Aid or Live Aid, never got played on radio (well, after their songs left the charts). That they leave this earth never having been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is pretty much fitting for them.

That said, OMD's first four albums were the perfect blend of experimentation and strong songwriting. Just fantastic records. They got a little poppy in the mid 1980s, but dig into the album tracks and B-sides from their latter 20th century work and you'll find music just as great as their early stuff ("The Avenue", "88 Seconds in Greensboro", "The Native Daughters", "Gravity Never Failed", "Christine" etc). Their 2013 album, 'English Electric', was phenomenal - they really found their footing again after a long hiatus.

Then, there's the influence. Vince Clarke STARTED because of OMD, so you have them to thank for Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Erasure. They influenced Pet Shop Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Saint Etienne, Radiohead, Moby, Talk Talk, The Killers and numerous others. Never will you hear this shouted about in NME or Rolling Stone, though, because OMD just aren't cool enough (not even ironically so). And don't expect to see OMD records listed in too many rags' "Greatest Albums" lists (they're reserved for the same old, predictable names).

If it were about talent, OMD would be in. Sadly it's about brand recognition, industry connections, and a lot of other political BS. Anyway, they've been inducted into my personal hall of fame for over 20 years.

Posted by Nermen on Sunday, 11.13.16 @ 15:51pm


Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.13.16 @ 19:47pm

Great post, Nermen. I'm especially partial to Dazzle Ships, probably OMD's most experimental and challenging work. It's a synthlover's (I fit that bill like a glove) dream.

I need to catch up with their more recent material ASAP.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 11.14.16 @ 10:21am

OMD are fooking wonderful. No chance are they ever going to be recognized by the HoF, though.

Posted by Jimmy Jacobs on Sunday, 10.29.17 @ 23:33pm

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