WIRRAL band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are celebrating after their new album entered the UK chart at number two.
Bauhaus Staircase became the electronic pioneers' highest charting studio album across a career spanning 45 years when it landed in the top three sandwiched by Taylor Swift's 1989 at number one and the Rolling Stones' Hackney Diamonds at number three.
Matching the peak of their 1988 hits compilation The Best of OMD, Bauhaus Staircase becomes their eighth Top 10 album, and first in six years, and also tops this week’s Official Record Store Chart – the best-seller in UK independent record shops over the past seven days.
The group, consists of founding duo and principal songwriters Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), who are both from Meols, along with Martin Cooper (keyboards, saxophone) and Stuart Kershaw (drums).
They became key figures in the synth pop boom of the early 80s with hits like Enola Gay, Souvenir and Joan of Arc.
Speaking following the news, Andy, said: “What a remarkable week! After 45 years the band has it highest ever album chart position. And next year’s huge tour looks close to selling out. Good things come to those who wait.”