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Martin Cooper (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Martin Cooper, English saxophonist, composer, and painter with British new wave groupOrchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Godot was born 1 October 1958. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) were  formed in 1978, founding members, Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys(keyboards, vocals), are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, near Liverpool, England. While steadily eschewing pop star status, the band cultivated a fanbase in the United Kingdom from 1978–1980. They rose to prominence throughout Europe with 1980 single “Enola Gay”, and achieved broader recognition via seminal album Architecture & Morality (1981) and its singles. OMD also garnered acclaim for their experimental recordings, consistently producing music of greater intellectual depth than that of their 1980s peers. Although retrospectively lauded, the sonically challenging Dazzle Ships (1983) eroded record sales in Europe and prompted a shift toward more traditional songwriting.[5]Concurrently, OMD reached their peak in the United States with a series of hit singles, the most notable being 1986’s “If You Leave”, written for the film Pretty in Pink. Humphreys departed in 1989 with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Malcolm Holmes (drums) to form The Listening Pool, leaving McCluskey to lead the outfit. Sugar Tax (1991) and its initial singles were hits, particularly in the UK. By 1996, however, synthpop had become unfashionable amid the guitar oriented musical climate, and McCluskey dissolved the band months after their last successful single, “Walking on the Milky Way”. He founded pop group Atomic Kitten in 1998.McCluskey, Humphreys, Cooper and Holmes reformed OMD in 2006 and the band began releasing new material in 2009; English Electric (2013) became the group’s biggest UK chart hit since Sugar Tax. OMD have carved a unique legacy within popular music, being regarded as a pioneering, influential and popular act of the synthpop genre, despite their unconventional works receiving limited mainstream rotation.[6] The group’s entire catalogue has reportedly generated worldwide sales of more than 40 million records. The Quietus magazine editor John Doran once remarked: “Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark are not one of the best synth bands ever: they are one of the best bands ever.”

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