OMD Continues Their Plot Against Rock

When OMD first surfaced with their all-electronic (and anti-guitar) attitude in the late 70s, they were radically different.  The new generation of cheaper, more powerful and easy-to-program synthesizers were seen as the way forward for rock’n’roll. 

Thirty-five years later, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphries still haven’t given up.  From the New York Times.

Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys have devoted much of their artistic lives to a war on rock nostalgia, but when you’re showing a first-time visitor around Liverpool, what can you do? You’re obliged to end up at the Cavern Club, a not-completely-uncharming replica of the vaulted, subterranean bar where the pre-Fab Four honed their fabulousness.

The attraction on this early Friday evening was a man in a tank top, who stood on the small stage murdering “Here Comes the Sun” with a piercingly loud acoustic guitar. “This,” said McCluskey, as we took our pints of Guinness and sought shelter inside an archway, “is what we were trying to save the world from.”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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