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The Best of OMD is a compilation album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark , released in ; marking a decade since the band's beginnings. The record essentially delineates the group's experimental early years from their pop-oriented later work: side one features recordings from —, while side two is drawn from the group's — efforts. It was a worldwide success, becoming a Top 5 hit across Europe and achieving 3x platinum sales in the United Kingdom and gold status in the United States. The version of " Electricity " used is the same as the one featured on their debut album which itself is the band reworking Martin Hannett 's original Factory version. The band was originally going to use their very first version of this song, but found the drumming to be inferior and so settled for the remix of the track instead. The worldwide CD, MiniDisc and DCC versions of the album are resequenced and feature four extra tracks not present on the LP version: "Telegraph" a unique mix found only on this release, differing from the album version and both 12" versions , "Genetic Engineering", and 12" versions of "La Femme Accident" and "We Love You".
Spawned by earlier band The Id, the outfit is composed of co-founders Andy McCluskey vocals, bass guitar and Paul Humphreys keyboards, vocals , along with Martin Cooper various instruments and Stuart Kershaw drums ; McCluskey is the only constant member. OMD released their debut single, "Electricity", in , and gained popularity throughout Europe with the anti-war song "Enola Gay". Although retrospectively acclaimed, the experimental Dazzle Ships eroded European support. The band embraced a more straightforward pop sound on Junk Culture , while continuing to experiment via newly acquired digital samplers; this change in direction led to greater success in the United States, and yielded the hit, "If You Leave". OMD would return with a new line-up and explore the dance-pop genre: Sugar Tax and its initial singles were sizeable hits. By the mids, however, electronic music had been supplanted by alternative rock, and both OMD and The Listening Pool disbanded in McCluskey later conceived pop girl group Atomic Kitten, for whom he served as a principal songwriter, while Humphreys performed as half of the duo Onetwo. Sign in or Register.