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We catch up with Barry and Sarah from the new OMD Tribute Band “Manoeuvres “
What’s is your musical background?
Well Barry has been playing bass since he was 13 years old and joined his first professional band at the tender age of 14 having received the blessings of his parents and his mentor, friend & music teacher. He has played in various bands over the years and also dabbled in songwriting in the early 80's. Following a 5 year dalliance as a nightclub and radio DJ he returned to bass playing and singing in the early 1990's and has remained doing so since, playing in a number of relatively successful local bands. Sarah has been massively into music all of her life having been encouraged in her very early years by her dad who regularly sat her down in front of the stereo with a pile of records and a set of headphones! Through those formative days she developed a keen sense of rhythm as well as teaching herself how to sing harmonies and in recent years has finally been able to achieve her ambition to perform on stage. A few years ago, Sarah met Barry through their mutual love of music. Soon after, they were playing together on stage at events around the UK & Sweden (some notable venues being the Manchester Opera House and The Half Moon Putney). Discovering that they both had a love of the early 80's Synth Pop scene they created their own Synth Pop band called Electronix. Finding out that they also shared a passion for OMD, their songs were given priority and featured at the very top of their play list.
So in recent times you spotted a gap, as there is no OMD tribute acts. What made you feel that you could fill this slot?
Having been performing synth pop classics from the 1980's for the last couple of years in ELECTRONIX and included in our sets have been a number of OMD songs such as 'Electricity', 'Messages', 'Enola Gay' & 'Sailing On The Seven Seas'. These songs always go down exceptionally well and we are constantly asked to play them as well as being requested to play other OMD songs. Creating a tribute act to OMD has always been in the back of our minds because of our love for their music but it was only after we had met them at the concert in Southend in November last year that our minds were finally made up. We had a trawl around on the web to see what was out there and we were very surprised and shocked to see that there were no tribute acts to them in the UK. Further investigation revealed that in fact, there is only one other notable tribute act to OMD in the world and they are based in America! So that was it... We got to work and, building upon the songs we already had in our arsenal, we now have a considerable bank of songs ready with more in the pipeline.
30.5.1985 on Top Of The Pops Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark perform So in Love.
This reached number 27 in the UK singles chart, but had some great B-Sides "Maria Gallante",
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Messages on Synth Britannia but really The Old Grey Whistle test version.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark on Synth Britannia interviews with Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys talking about the early days of the synth / Synthesizer
Hear from OMD, who for the first time reveal what really happened during their bitter break-up
Interview with Nigel Ipinson , Nigel Ipinson-Fleming who talks about Rock and Roll to Redemption. Nigel Spent time with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and co wrote the single Walking on the Milky Way .
He was also in The Stone Roses, and has worked with the likes of Hot Chocolate . The interviews cover his life journey from Rock and Roll to church pastor. Nigel is now living in Bristol.
He first appeared in the group Juvenile Jazz, which won a 1987 BBC TV talent contest on Saturday Superstore called "Search for a Superstar" and we hear about those early days.
We took your questions and we asked them.
This is a up close and personal interview with Andy
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