Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark
Although retrospectively lauded, the sonically challenging Dazzle Ships eroded European consumer interest during the mid 1980s and prompted a shift toward more pop-oriented, but still innovative, songwriting. Concurrently, OMD reached their peak in the United States and had a major hit with 1986's "If You Leave", written for the film Pretty in Pink. Humphreys departed in 1989 with Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes to form The Listening Pool, leaving McCluskey to lead the outfit; Sugar Tax and its initial singles were sizeable hits in Europe. By the mid 1990s, however, synthpop had become unfashionable amid the guitar oriented musical climate, and McCluskey dissolved the band in 1996, months after their last successful single, "Walking on the Milky Way". He founded girl group Atomic Kitten in 1998.
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