It’s nearly impossible not to know who Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are, if you were a tween or teen in the '80s. The late John Hughes directed the one of the sappiest, iconic chick flicks of that decade, Pretty In Pink. It was this movie where moviegoers heard OMD’s track “If You Leave. No doubt it was one of the best movie soundtracks of the decade, and it paved the way for OMD’s break into US music charts.
“If You Leave” alone is worth seeing OMD play March 27 at the 4th & B. Not to be mistaken as a one-hit-wonder, the New Wave, pop-synth band had other memorable hits, including “Messages,” from its self-titled first album. In 1985, “So In Love” charted on the US Hot 100, and OMD's hit “Secret” also was a fan favorite.
Touring behind their latest album, History of Modern, OMD will feature its four original members: Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass and keyboards), Paul Humphreys (vocals and keyboards), Martin Cooper (keyboards and saxophone) and Malcolm Holmes (drums and percussion). The quartet went on hiatus in the '90s, and fill-in musicians performed with McCluskey. Having returned to their original lineup for this tour, OMD have been selling out shows in the U.S. and the U.K.
Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday; general-admission tickets are $23, and you'll have to pay $30 for a seat.