Category Archives: Rock GPA

Wherein we examine a complete canon of an artist, and rate it, album by album, on a 4.0 G.P.A. scale.

Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 11]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Architecture + Morality | 1981 – 4 [continued from previous post] In 1980, OMD were touring “Organization” in Europe and since they were playing places like Rouen and Orleans, wags in their support band … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 10]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Architecture + Morality | 1981 – 4 [continued from previous post] “Sealand” was an austere epic for this band. Faint boatwhistle synths  with Malcolm Holmes sturdy, unaffected heart beat rhythm while mournful organ chords … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 9]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Architecture + Morality | 1981 – 4 [continued from previous post] When the needle hit the wax I was greeted by sounds heretofore alien to an OMD record. Creaking machinery, pneumatic hissing, and frantically … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 8]

[continued from this post] As OMD moved from 1980 into 1981, they found themselves synchronizing immaculately with the zeitgeist of the year which saw Post-Punk and the emergent New Pop aesthetic reaching for its acme in the public consciousness. 1981 … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 7]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Organisation | 1980 – 4 [continued from this post] Side two of the album began with another of what I found to be the critical core tracks of the album. “The Misunderstanding” dated from … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 6]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Organisation | 1980 – 4 [continued from previous post] Having established their top flight pop chops right up front, “Organisation” then makes the effort to map out new territory for the group. “2nd Thought” … Continue reading

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Rock GPA: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark [part 5]

Orchestral Manœuvres In The Dark – Organisation | 1980 – 4 Having enlisted Gong’s Mike Howlett to re-record their breakthrough single, “Messages,” it was naturally left to his hands to helm the follow-up album as well. Its title was yet … Continue reading

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