Exclusive Live Video Premiere: ‘New Babies: New Toys,’ OMD

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Published August 16, 2011

“You look superbly terrified that we opened with a brand-new song!” crowed Andy McCluskey of OMD (that’s ’80s electro-pop legends Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark, as if you didn’t know) after opening his set at Terminal 5 in March with “New Babies: New Toys,” from last fall’s History of Modern. If the audience had any sense, though, they ate it up: the song is pure OMD, with poppy, exploding synth that belies maybe-a-little-cynical lyrics. (“There’s no heaven, there’s no hell / Cream will float, but shit will sell,” the band laments.)

OMD is releasing that performance as a live video today, and we’re excited to premiere it here. The video itself is pretty straightforward: mostly full-on shots of McCluskey singing, which is certainly warranted by the man’s stage presence. When we talked to McCluskey in March, he explained, “The one thing that works for us is that what we tried to do 30 years ago seems to have come back into fashion.” Judging from the hands in the air at their sold-out Terminal 5 set, we’d say he’s right.

HISTORY OF MODERN IS OUT NOW. THE BAND WILL PLAY A SERIES OF US SHOWS IN THE FALL, INCLUDING DATES AT IRVING PLAZA SEPTEMBER 20 AND 21. FOR REGULAR TICKETS, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE. FOR VIP TICKETS (WHICH INCLUDE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE BAND, AS WELL AS VARIOUS OTHER GOODIES), VISIT THIS SITE.