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Video of the Moment #1154: OMD

 
By on Tuesday, 19th March 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

’80s electronic New Wave pioneers OMD will follow up 2010’s ‘History of Modern’ with new album ‘English Electric’ out on the 8th of April on 100%. A tour follows starting at the end of April into May. Here is the animated video for the first single from the album. Called ‘Metroland’, the single will be released next Monday (the 25th of March).

 

OMD / April and May 2013 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 9th January 2013 at 9:00 am
 

Synthpop titans OMD have announced a tour of the UK for April and May. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now.

Sunday 28th April 2013 – Margate Winter Gardens
Monday 29th April 2013 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 1st May 2013 – Nottingham Royal Centre
Thursday 2nd May 2013 – Ipswich Regent Theatre
Friday 3rd May 2013 – London Roundhouse
Sunday 5th May 2013 – Bristol Colston Hall
Monday 6th May 2013 – Oxford New Theatre
Wednesday 8th May 2013 – Sheffield City Hall
Thursday 9th May 2013 – Leeds Academy
Fri day10th May 2013 – Manchester Academy
Sunday 12th May 2013 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Monday 13th May 2013 – Gateshead Sage
Tuesday 14th May 2013 – Liverpool Empire

 

TGTF Top 10: Songs with Science-y Titles

 
By on Friday, 12th October 2012 at 11:00 am
 

With the 2012 Nobel Prize winners in Medicine and Physiology, Physics and Chemistry announced this week, us here at TGTF thought it would be fitting for some discussion of the best songs that have managed to sneak science into their titles. This year’s Literature and Peace Prize winners have also been announced, but let’s face it. There are way too many tunes that would be appropriate and it’s a lot easier to get peace and love into a song, and music is just another art like literature, innit? So without further adieu…

10. Freelance Whales – ‘Enzymes’ (chemistry)
I’m not sure what this song means. “Turn into the tide / spill out your enzymes”: is that a sexual reference? Or maybe a cleansing of your soul? Not sure. Either way, they start the list with a obviously geeky song title.

9. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – ‘Twins’ (medicine / physiology)
While it would have been cool to have a song that was literally about the making of twins, this song instead is talking about how people can be perceived as twins as being peas in a pod. Which is the closest you’re going to get outside of genetics. And sheer luck.

8. Everything Everything – ‘Tin (the Manhole)’ (chemistry)
A song with a chemistry title but really about mortality (so could fit in the medicine / physiology group too).

7. Muse – ‘The Resistance’ (physics)
While it’s a stretch with “love is our resistance”, the next line “they keep us apart and they won’t stop breaking us down” actually, rather hilariously, sounds like how in biology, a receptor grabs onto its substrate: made for each other.

6. Maximo Park – ‘Our Velocity’ (physics)
“Never, never try to gauge temperature / when you tend to travel / at such speed / it’s our velocity” – it’s like a physics nerd’s love poem!

5. Tom Williams and the Boat – ‘My Bones’ (medicine / physiology)
Tom Williams effectively harnesses the feelings deep down in one’s bones, the only kind that love lost can engender.

4. The Wombats – ‘Anti-D’ (medicine / physiology)
This is the true story of lead singer Murph’s experience with anti-depressants that didn’t work. It even names citalopram, an actual anti-depressant that physically makes it impossible to cry (“the only tears come from our heads when we concentrate”).

3. Noah and the Whale – ‘Two Atoms in a Molecule’ (chemistry)
Love compared to what happens when two atoms come together to make a molecule? Yes, Charlie Fink *did* go there.

2. Mystery Jets – ‘Serotonin’ (medicine / physiology)
Named after the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter, it’s used effectively here as a way to call out a girl’s name (“Sarah…serotonin…”) and describe the way you feel like when you’re in love. Perfect, really.

1. OMD – ‘Electricity’ (physics)
The song is literally about power, or rather the wasting of it by mankind. Who knew the current flowing through Thomas Edison’s lightbulbs had it going on? And it was the ’80s, so here is a catchy as hell synth melody.

Honourable mention: Thomas Dolby – ‘She Blinded Me with Science’
It’s set in a wacky (no pun intended) mental institution. And come on, there’s an actual scientist – Magnus Pyke – in the video and adding strange interjections into the song. It doesn’t fall into any category but we’d be remiss not mentioning it on this list.

 

MP3 of the Day #601: Zebra and Snake

 
By on Monday, 13th August 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Finnish electronic outfit Zebra and Snake have taken a leap of faith. They’ve done a cover of their labelmates OMD‘s classic ‘The Maid of Orleans’, and they’re offering up the song for free download. Let’s just say if they tour together sometime soon, you’d be a fool not to be there. Listen to and grab the cover from the Soundcloud widget below.

 

Listen to the Official London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony Playlist

 
By on Friday, 6th July 2012 at 3:30 pm
 

As reported a couple weeks ago on the Guardian, these 86 tracks were chosen to be the best of British music through the years and will be the soundtrack to official opening ceremony on 27 July. As should be expected, confirmed opening ceremony performers Duran Duran (pictured at top) appear on the list with ‘The Reflex’, and Muse, suppliers of the official London 2012 song, appear twice with ‘Map of the Problematique’ and ‘Uprising’. There are also appearances from the themes of both Coronation Street and Eastenders: little North vs. South action, eh? The Blur (‘Song 2’) vs. Oasis (‘Wonderwall’) argument has a second coming.

But there seem to be some glaring omissions (how are there no Beatles, Queen or Smiths songs?), and do we really need to remind the world of Frankie Goes to Hollywood‘s ‘Relax’? I guess the Sex Pistols‘ previous two fingers to the monarchy have been long since forgotten (they appear twice, with ‘God Save the Queen’ and ‘Pretty Vacant’), and I can’t be the only one who thinks OMD‘s ‘Enola Gay’ is a strange choice. My favourite addition? A tie between Soul II Soul‘s ‘Back to Life’ and Kaiser Chiefs‘ ‘I Predict a Riot’. Least favourites? Tinie Tempah‘s ‘Pass Out’ and Roll Deep‘s ‘Shake a Leg’. (Really?)

Have a look and listen below and then let us know what you think of the 86 song list in the comments. We’ll add the most entertaining ones to the body of this post. (Hints: you must have Spotify to play the tracks, and to activate the scrolling bar, run your mouse or finger on the right hand side of the player to reveal it.)

 

MP3(s) of the Day #312: OMD

 
By on Monday, 21st March 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Even if you’re not a synth geek, you have to respect OMD as trailblazers for their contributions to the early days of mainstream electronic music. If I’ve whet your appetite for the band via my review of their show at the 9:30 earlier this month, check out these remixes of tunes from their most recent album, ‘History of Modern’. French Horn Rebellion interpret ‘If You Want It’, Krystal Klear remix the title track from the album and self-admitted OMD fanatics Monarchy try their hand at remixing ‘Sister Mary Says’. Stream and download these remixes below.

 
 
 

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