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Options September 4, 2013: PAUL HUMPHREYS from OMD live in the studio!

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I've been a fan of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark for about 35 years, so it was truly a delight to host Paul Humphreys at the WFMU studios for tonight's show! We played a bunch of OMD music and talked about the past, present and a teeny bit of the future of the band. Also discussed: Mellotrons, laptops, Genesis (briefly), and other topics. Use the links below (or the one above) to listen to the show, and share it with your friends!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments New Approx. start time
soulful dynamics  chiribiri   Options 7"  decca  1974      0:00:00 ()
rip rig & panic  you're my kind of climate (7"version)   Options i am cold  cherry red    new CD resissue; orig 1982  *   0:02:45 ()
algebra suicide  tonight   Options feminine squared  dark entries    vinyl reissue; orig 1982-85  *   0:05:02 ()
tv ghost  five colors blind   Options disconnect  in the red      *   0:07:27 ()
john foxx & the bellbury circle  empty avenues   Options empty avenues  ghost box      *   0:11:57 ()
gap dream  chill spot   Options 7"  burger    returning triumphantly to the show on Oct 9!  *   0:15:05 ()
the wrong words  say something   Options everything is free  trouble in mind    next week's live guests!  *   0:19:01 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  electricity   Options s/t  virgin  1979  CD reissue; orig 1979    0:42:26 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  almost   Options 7"  dindisc  1979  flip side of the "Electricity" single    0:45:43 ()
omd  night cafe   Options english electric  bmg  2013      0:49:23 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  stanlow   Options o.m.d.  epic  1981      1:12:17 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  pretending to see the future (live version)   Options flexi-disc  dindisc  1981  Flexi-disc from Smash Hits magazine    1:18:05 ()
omd  the future will be silent   Options english electric  bmg  2013      1:21:34 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  souvenir   Options 7"  dindisc  1981      1:36:57 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  joan of arc (maid of orleans)   Options architecture & morality  virgin  1981      1:41:21 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  enola gay   Options 7"  dindisc  1980      1:44:15 ()
omd  kissing the machine   Options english electric  bmg  2013  co-written with Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk    2:06:10 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  radio waves   Options dazzle ships  epic  1983      2:10:52 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  abc auto industry   Options dazzle ships  epic  1983      2:24:33 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  telegraph   Options dazzle ships  epic  1983      2:26:05 ()
omd  stay with me   Options english electric  bmg  2013  lead vocal by Paul    2:28:54 ()
omd  metroland   Options english electric  bmg  2013      2:48:21 ()
orchestral manoeuvres in the dark  of all the things we've made   Options dazzle ships  epic  1983  Paul's choice - one of his and Andy's favorites    2:55:35 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:04pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:05pm Holly in NC:

EFD, have you been talking w Joe McG? I LOVE this song!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:07pm Holly in NC:

The WOMAD version slays.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:07pm Uncle Michael:

Greetings people....Holly, Evan...
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:07pm Barkevious Shabazz:

No "Knee Deep in Shit"?
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:08pm fleep:

Good evening, EFD, and the always upbeat, cheerful algebra suicide.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:08pm Andrew Waterloo:

good evening!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:09pm Holly in NC:

Hi Uncle Michael, Barkevious, fleep, all other incoming.. I have to be going out for a bit...
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:10pm Holly in NC:

btw also love Algebra Suicide & TV Ghost, this is going to be a spectacular show! :-)
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:11pm Mike East:

waiting for these people to get outta the studio...they were supposed to be done at 9, now I'll probably miss my bus, and the wife won't be happy about that.
On the bright side, I get to catch the first set of efd before hoofing it to the port authority!
  Wed. 9/4/13 9:12pm PB:

This Echo & the Bunnymen (I mean TV Ghost) is pretty good.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:13pm Uncle Michael:

I know almost nothing about Algebra Suicide other than the fact that Lydia Tomkiw apparently grew up just a few miles from me and was a year older.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:14pm Pete from Boston (and NJ):

This TV Ghost is great. Haven't heard Algebra Suicide since picking up the Widely Distributed "Rehearsal for Retirement" sampler in a used bin in the mid-90s. I will now go re-unearth it.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:15pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- Everning !
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:15pm Pete from Boston (and NJ):

I bought that CD for The Lilacs' "Very Last Time," which got me through one or three breakups at the time.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:15pm Loretta:

hello all.. great to be here tonight!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:16pm Uncle Michael:

The keyboard sound on this...I recognize it from some other record...and it's driving me nuts.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:16pm kevin g:

Quite a start out set for tonight! Absolutely killer.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:17pm steve:

ghost box! that is a good label
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:17pm Uncle Michael:

On the john fox, I meant to say...
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:17pm Jeezy:

SH'na tova!
Yeah sterling set thus far...
  Wed. 9/4/13 9:17pm john:

Loving the new Gap Dream trax. Hello, synths!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:18pm efd:

Thanks Kevin! I'm feeling the pressure with Paul Humphreys looking over my shoulder! (figuratively speaking, at least)
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:20pm fearson:

very nice
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:20pm Pete from Boston (and NJ):

It's shows like this that derail whatever else I'd planned to do tonight.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:21pm Stevel:

efd: No pressure. Really. Just relax. Don't worry about bad things happening. relax.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:22pm Jeezy:

Wow... I think the Wrong Words win best band name of the night... thus far, anyway...
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:22pm Mike East:

doin' stuff is overrated, Pete. Just chill out and listen to the tunes.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:23pm Pete from Boston (and NJ):

I did the dishes. The laundry's doing itself. Good enough.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:24pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- glad you approve of my life Mike E !
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:31pm BadGuyZero:

A copy of that Rosebud "Have a Cigar" 12-inch arrived in today's mail!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:32pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Eric's - speaking of Bunnymen (& Teardrop Explodes) - no - ??
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:32pm Stevel:

Supported Joy Division. [rivited]
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:34pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Eric's wiki :
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:36pm steve:

haha, thats great BGZ
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:43pm Stevel:

"Electricity" is a top notch song. Period.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:45pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- seems such a charming fellow !
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:46pm Stevel:

Honestly, OMD did some of the best work in the Romantic/New/wave/dance Manchester thing. "Electricity" moves me, and I'm barely sure why. Usually makes me tear up a bit. Just love it every time I hear it.

Yes, charming!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:46pm Loretta:

RRN63 ~ I got the same vibe....
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:49pm Barkevious Shabazz:

Saw OMD on the Organisation tour in Philly in '80. Could swear it was just the 2 of em. Can the host confirm?
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 9:53pm efd:

Barkevious, I'll ask but that was around the time I saw them at the old Ritz in NYC and Martin and Malcolm were definitely in the band.
  Wed. 9/4/13 9:53pm john:

Lovely song, Night Cafe, and the whole album is aces, but the video for this one seems to have created a certain amount of vigorous discussion among fans, self included.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:00pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- okay - in my ignorance of their oeuvre - it seems to relate to other (British) synthpop of the era - but to have a gravitas of mood that makes it seem more substantial - like someone who might've been on the bill w/ Joy Division
- & oh they just talked about that...
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:02pm Danne D:

Great interview EFD :)
Hi everyone!
  Wed. 9/4/13 10:03pm john:

I'll say that a few other songs have that effect on me, particularly Souvenir and International, but Architecture and Morality and (particularly) Dazzle Ships have always been the OMD records that meant the most to me.
  Wed. 9/4/13 10:04pm nec13:

Good evening, all
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:06pm steve:

god this guy is charming
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:10pm Barkevious Shabazz:

Final confirmation that my brain is falling apart.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:14pm duke:

Great interview
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:16pm efd:

thanks for the comments and questions, everyone! Please feel free to continue and I'll pass them on to Paul.
  Wed. 9/4/13 10:19pm KP:

Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:20pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...playing catch-up w/ his wiki :
...though I suppose you have a better authority available !
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:22pm Holly in NC:

oh, love this :-)
  Wed. 9/4/13 10:23pm KP:

This is great
  Wed. 9/4/13 10:25pm Poke:

Great song
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:26pm Uncle Michael:

I have a Trouser Press OMD flexi downstairs.
  Wed. 9/4/13 10:28pm KP:

There was a Sweeney on Enola Gay. Dubious distinction
  Wed. 9/4/13 10:34pm KP:

It's 10:34, that's the time that it's always been.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 10:45pm George of Troy:

Such a great interview and show. Thrilled to have caught them in Philly back in July, just before Malcolm fell ill. Pleased to hear he's doing better.
  Wed. 9/4/13 10:48pm Eddy in Australia:

I went on a record company boat cruise with OMD in Melbourne in 1986. Seem to recall that Andy was the big drinker, Paul the quiet thinker.
  Wed. 9/4/13 10:49pm KP:

Is mama proud of little boy today
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:01pm George of Troy:

Nerdy question for Paul: Did they ever play live with the Pianotron that was used for the lead line in Electricity, or was it just used in the studio recording?
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:05pm Danne D:

LOL sounds like with Caddyshack - over the years it has accumulated more stars
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:05pm Uncle Michael:

I've now seen two references to Pianotron today...and zero, ever, before today. Life is like that.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:07pm Holly in NC:

This is a superb interview.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:08pm Kat in Chicago:

what Holly said. Hi Funkateers!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:11pm efd:

thanks Kat and Holly! Glad you're enjoying it, I am too.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:12pm Scott Williams:

Amazing show Evan, how did I not know this was happening?! Paul's a great guest. Sure missing my old Korg micro-preset right now.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:13pm efd:

Thanks Scott! It literally only came together at about 3 or 4 this afternoon! I didn't have any time to promote it. Kind of out of the blue!
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:13pm john:

For what it's worth, Dazzle Ships still confuses people who've never heard it. And it's really fun to do.
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:15pm Eddy in Australia:

What ^^they^^ said - great interview.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:19pm Kat in Chicago:

"The next Genesis"... HA!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:19pm Uncle Michael:

  Wed. 9/4/13 11:20pm john:

Also discovered the Speak and Spell for that elpee!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:26pm steve:

this is at least one person's (mine) fav OMD song!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:27pm Kat in Chicago:

Wow, I definitely need to revisit Dazzle Ships.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:28pm Stevel:

Brilliant! English and American meanings.

Pretty sure I have to buy this album.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:29pm Stevel:

...and the new one. etc.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:29pm Holly in NC:

@Steve1 - ditto re Dazzle !
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:30pm KP:

This in particular sounds v new afternoon show.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:32pm Danne D:

EFD you're such a great interviewer :) I can't say that I was big on OMD back in the day (what with all the prog rock and all) but this has been great and interesting. I really have a much better appreciation for OMD. Paul is an engaging interview :)

Sorry I haven't been too chatty folks. And I'm actually packing up now. Will try and be a little more pro-social next week :)

Thanks again for a great show EFD and Paul :)
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:32pm Holly in NC:

wow, this new cut totally sounds "classic", and I mean that in a good way
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:34pm bloopy:

omd in synch with my mood rn
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:43pm bkd69:

Cool...I heard If You Leave in the store earlier today, then turned on the radio to hear Paul on EFD!
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:46pm Tome:

Messages ... love OMD !!! great interview too EFD!!!
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:46pm MoneyPenny:

I heard that, Mr. H. ;)
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:50pm KP:

Great job Evan. Hung on every word.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:52pm Tome:

OMD always stood out to me with "warm"numbers ,, unlike a lot of the "sterile"electronic early 80s groups ,,,
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:53pm Holly in NC:

Really, really great! Thank you, Mr. Humphreys
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:54pm bkd69:

@Tome: You mean like Kraftwerk? :-)
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:54pm steve:

super interview efd
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:55pm Tome:

just to me OMD always stood out,,, but I like(liked) Krafwerk also,, it's the "warmness" of OMD
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:56pm KP:

I never had use for synth bands and to me OMD was not one. They had songs, a sound, intelligence, wit and we heard all that tonight.
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:56pm Tome:

.. although back then I wouldn't admit it being mostly a Pat Duncan listener hehe !
Avatar Wed. 9/4/13 11:56pm efd:

Thanks so much everyone, as an Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark fan for 30+ years this has been a total (and unexpected) delight! Very happy that you're all enjoying it too!
  Wed. 9/4/13 11:58pm john:

Super song to end the show, too. Well done, all around!
  Thu. 9/5/13 12:00am bkd69:

If you want to hear more Paul, check out the documentary 'Synth Brittania,' covering a whole bunch of 80's british synthpop.
Avatar Thu. 9/5/13 12:00am Tome:

..this video seems like not even 10 years ago still "fresh" > bit.ly...
Avatar Thu. 9/5/13 12:02am Kat in Chicago:

Synth Brittania YES
Avatar Mon. 9/9/13 6:11pm Cecile:

I caught about 1/2 of this, and hope to get to the rest tomorrow. What a lovely guy Paul is!
Avatar Tue. 9/10/13 2:16pm Droll:

OMD could have been the next Genesis? Well, they had the Mellotron...

Great interview, everyone seemed comfortable, he spent three hours with you! It's always nice when the guest is so articulate and interesting and has a good sense of humor.
  Fri. 9/13/13 5:34am Crawford:

Just catching up on this show a week later, absolutely fascinating interview, enjoying very much :)
  Wed. 9/25/13 12:24pm 12539:

I'm three weeks late, but that was some great conversation and music!
  Wed. 10/23/13 1:39pm mick:

enjoyed this although quality was dubious at times-saw them this summer and the boys were as good as usual in concert and getting to meet them finally was a 30 year old dream come true-forgot to ask them why they didn't release helen of troy though!
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