The return of UK band OMD—aka Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark—just might be one of the best bits of news we’ve heard in Music Land in months! Sure, we’ve all geeked out to their classic Pretty In Pink soundtrack jam “If You Leave,” but these guys were also responsible for at least a dozen other influential, shimmery synth-pop singles throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Head below to hear “Save Me,” their new mashup with Aretha Franklin.
OMD’s new album History Of Modern—their first since 1996 offering Universal— will be out September 28. And while they’ve shot a video for single “If You Want It,” which stands up perfectly next to the Kraftwerk-leaning band’s heyday material, we’re equally addicted to their U.S.-only bonus track “Save Me.” The track mashes up OMD’s 1980 single “Messages” and Franklin’s 1967 cut “Save Me.”[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/14-Save-Me.mp3" text="OMD feat. Aretha Franklin - Save Me" dl="0"]
Try to not play that at least three times in a row. Here’s the original music video for “Messages”:
And here’s the vid for OMD’s new song “If You Want It”:
Welcome back, gents.