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OMD WEEK Day 4: "Joan of Arc" Drum Cover & Karaoke

Welcome to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Week or OMD Week for short! OMD is my all-time favorite band from the 80s. I absolutely love all aspects of their songwriting and artistry. They mix acoustic and electric instruments brilliantly. They mix uplifting and melancholic themes perfectly. They embody everything about the decade so well, from fashion to musicality to culture, OMD really captured what it was like to live in the 80s.


While their megahit "If You Leave" is definitely my favorite from them (you can see my cover of that song here), they have so many other great hits as well as amazing B-Sides, and I will try to cover some of my favorites this week.


Day 4 features the OMD song, "Joan of Arc," and I find it kind of ironic that the songwriter and lead singer, Andy McClusky is an atheist but draws his inspiration from religious music. In an article, he said that he's always interested in why people need religion. I think this is a very sad way of looking at religion, especially Christianity. It's not that people need religion. People need an outside mediator with which to base morality. We need something outside ourselves to say "this is good and righteous" and "this is bad and evil." If we make up our own rules as we go, we'll never be morally good. We will do bad and find ways to justify it. And humanity will devolve from society and become a dark and evil place.


I think this type of mentality is evident in the world today. With so much chaos and evil and insanity going on, what appears to be enlightening and refreshing? Things like the aforementioned religious music and music inspired by religious music. Things like good morals and conduct stemmed from traditional values. Things that are all rooted in Christianity, i.e., religion.


Anyway, sorry to rant. I just thought it was interesting that McClusky thought this way. I don't fault him for it. I used to think that way too. I still love their music. Especially songs like this, that are based on characters like Joan of Arc, a very religious young woman, who fought for God and her beliefs. Ironic, no?

Song: Joan of Arc

Artist: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Album: Architecture & Morality (1981 Dindisc)

Original Drummer: Malcolm Holmes

Original Singer: Andy McClusky


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