The same day as my last posting brought with it the news that OMD drummer Malcolm Holmes had collapsed onstage from heat exhaustion in the torrid climes of the Toronto club where they were playing a gig on their 2013 North American tour on July 18th. Since Holmes had suffered a previous heart attack in the years before OMD had reformed in 2005, they took the step of canceling the rest of their tour [three dates in The States] as well as a trio of European summer festival dates. Surely, a wise decision. Holmes was released from his Toronto hospital on July 25 and flew home to the UK on July 30th.
Today brings the sobering news, in a statement from Homes himself on the OMD home page, that he had in fact had another heart attack at the time, and he had been resuscitated successfully by the paramedic team who had come to his aid. He went on to thank the medical team that cared for him as well as his crew and bandmates for their help in dealing with the incredible difficulty he has been through. So in the cosmic scheme of things, another tour with OMD might not be in the cards for Mr. Holmes and if that’s the case, I’d recommend the band end now on the plateau of the “English Electric” album and tour. I’d hate to see them pressing on with another drummer. It would discolor the notion that the reformation was not made for financial reasons.
The last eight years of OMD activity have seen the band largely erase the specter of the mid-80s when the band plugged away in an attempt to “break America.” Sure, they eventually got some hits, but at too large a price as they suppressed their natures for the sake of success and mere tunecraft. They never lost their way with an evocative melody, but lyrically, the wonderful strangeness [and sonic experimentation] of their subject matter was brushed aside for love songs, which they’d previously decried. The band broke up at a good time in 1988, following their greatest hits album. Andy McCluskey revived the band name for what was really a solo career from ’91-’96, that was more watered down sauce. The last two albums and tours were fitting cappers to the OMD legacy and I’d like to see the band consider them laurels to rest upon. The curtain has been drawn on “English Electric” with a third single due for release on September 18th.
OMD: Night Café UK CD 
- Night Café
- Kill Me
- The Great White Silence
- Time Burns
- No Man’s Land
- Night Café (Vile Electrodes ‘B-Side the C-Side’ Remix)
- Night Café (Metroland’s Nighthawks Remix)
- Night Café (Taoyoyo Remix)
- Night Café (Sin Cos Tan Rmx)
As they had with the final single from “History Of Modern,” the band pulled out all of the stops with a physical format CD single that not only has a quartet of remix versions, but every non-LP B-side from all three of the singles. Thereby consolidating tracks that may have been previously vinyl or download only on the lovable shiny discs that I’ll miss one day. Pre-orders can be made at the OMD store here and be forewarned that if history is anything to judge by, as few as 500 of these CD singles were produced and only for sale at the OMD webstore. The days of snapping up a copy at the Virgin Megastore® are gone with the wind. Act accordingly.
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