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Andy McCluskey

Andy McCluskey (born George Andrew McCluskey, 24 June 1959, Heswall, Merseyside, England) was the lead singer and primary songwriter for the band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). He met Paul Humphreys in school, (Great Meols Primary School, in Elwyn Road; McCluskey lived in nearby Queens Avenue) and played with him in several bands, including Hitlerz Underpantz, VCL XI and The Id. McCluskey then attended Caldy Grange Grammar School in West Kirby. McCluskey briefly joined Dalek I Love You as their lead singer, but left because he wanted to sing his own songs. Image File history File links McCluskey. ... Image File history File links McCluskey. ... is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Heswall is a town on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England. ... Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1,365,900. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (often abbreviated to OMD) are a synth pop group whose founder members are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, UK. OMD record for Virgin Records (originally for Virgins DinDisc subsidiary). ... Paul Humphreys, is a British musician, born in London on 27th February 1960. ... Dalek I Love You For other uses, see Dalek I Love You (disambiguation). ... A song is a relatively short musical composition. ...

McCluskey teamed up with Humphreys again to form OMD in the late 1970s. They were successful, especially in their native United Kingdom where they had several hit singles. They are best known in the United States for their song "If You Leave" from the Pretty In Pink soundtrack album. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Pretty in Pink is a popular 1986 film about teenage love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. ... The Pretty in Pink soundtrack album was released in 1986 for the movie Pretty in Pink, a film about teenage love and social cliques in a 1980s American high school. ...

Humphreys and the rest of the band split with McCluskey in 1989, with McCluskey retaining the OMD name. He released three more albums under the band's moniker including their biggest selling album, Sugar Tax but to due the diminishing sales of the following two albums Liberaror and Universal he disbanded the group. However Humphreys and McCluskey reformed OMD for a performance on German TV in June 2005, with the promise of more gigs to follow. An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... “TV” redirects here. ... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2005 Kasia Kowalska concert in Warsaw A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ...

Atomic Kitten and The Genie Queen

In 1998, McCluskey founded the UK pop group Atomic Kitten. Their song "Whole Again", co-written by McCluskey, was his first UK No.1, and he and his fellow songwriters were nominated for the Ivor Novello Award for excellence in songwriting. In 2002, the band sued to terminate the songwriting/production agreement between themselves and McCluskey. For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... Atomic Kitten is an English girl group from Liverpool composed of Liz Lil McClarnon, Natasha Tash Hamilton, and Jenny Frost - who replaced original member Kerry Katona in January 2001. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ... The Ivor Novello Awards, named after the entertainer Ivor Novello, are awards awarded for songwriting and composing. ...

More recently, McCluskey formed White Noise Records and publishing label where he tried to recreate the formula of Atomic Kitten with Liverpool girl group, The Genie Queen. Even though The Genie Queen were featured in the Observer Music Monthly, they are now more famous as being the band that FIFA World Cup "WAG" Abigail Clancy was in, before she became widely known in the UK tabloid press as girlfriend to the England football player, Peter Crouch. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... For the club competition, see FIFA Club World Cup. ... WAGs (or Wags) was an acronym used particularly (but by no means exclusively) by the British tabloid press to describe the Wives And Girlfriends of the England national football team. ... Abigail Clancy, also known as Abi Clancy or Abbey Clancy, is an English lingerie and catwalk model who made headlines during the 2006 FIFA World Cup as the girlfriend of England football star Peter Crouch. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... First international  Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win  Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat  Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... A player (wearing the red kit) has penetrated the defence (in the white kit) and is taking a shot at goal. ... Peter James Crouch (born January 30, 1981 in Macclesfield, Cheshire) is an English international football player. ...

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1347 words)
The group was founded by Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, and they formed the core of the outfit until 1989, when the group split.
McCluskey would usually sing and play bass guitar, whilst electronics enthusiast Humphreys initially began as a roadie, graduating to keyboards.
Meanwhile Humphreys and McCluskey collaborated on a side-project called VCL XI (named after a valve from the diagram on the cover of Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity album), where they pursued their more bizarre electronic experiments, often working with tape collages, home-made kit-built synthesisers, and circuit-bent radios.
Guardian Unlimited | Archive Search (2886 words)
As McCluskey himself would be the first to admit, the same song performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark would struggle to make the charts at all.
Andy McCluskey is not the only former pop star who has skilfully avoided relegation to the nostalgia league by turning their hand to songwriting instead of performing.
Andy McCluskey, meanwhile, remains untroubled by allegations from old Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark fans that he's "sold out".
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