As an old waver, I have responsibilities and other lame excuses to keep me from leading a totally kickass life. Case in point, several months ago Peter Murphy and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark were both playing my town the same weekend. I couldn’t see both.. I had to choose.
Fellow old wavers lobbied for one or the other, but I ultimately went with the godfather of goth. It was a good show and I was pleased with my choice, until I heard how incredible the OMD show was. Lively, engaging, a great mix of the old and new — plus, Andy McCluskey still dances like Molly Ringwald.
Fortunately, the History Of Modern tour is making it back to the US so I can correct my mistake. Or I could just go with The History Of Modern Tour: Live In Berlin CD book. Released last week through the band’s website, it’s a limited edition that features a recording of the November 18, 2010 show at Tempodrom Berlin, exclusive photos, handwritten notes, a selection of lyrics and more.
For a taste of the live album, here’s the History Of Modern title track (part 1):
To get a better idea of what the experience at an OMD show is like, here’s “New Babies, New Toys” from the New York City Terminal 5 show back in March:
Don’t worry, oldies like “Enola Gay” and “Electricity” are well represented too. Check out the full The History Of Modern Tour: Live In Berlin track list:
- History of Modern (part III & IV)
- New Babies: New Toys
- Tesla Girls
- Bunker Soldiers
- History of Modern (part I)
- (Forever) Live and Die
- She’s Leaving
- Joan of Arc
- Maid of Orleans
- New Holy Ground
- Sister Marie Says
- Sailing on the Seven Seas
- Enola Gay
- If You Want It