Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Souvenir (TOTP) (HD)

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OMD - Souvenir (Top Of The Pops) (1981) (HD)

Vintage OMD with "Souvenir" on Top Of The Pops from 1981

Extended to the full length song and all the usual cleaning up stuff.


"Souvenir" is a song written by Paul Humphreys and Martin Cooper of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and released as the first single from their 1981 album Architecture & Morality. It is sung by Humphreys, who ordinarily functions as keyboard player and backing vocalist. The track has minimal lyrical content and is characterised by slowed-down choir sounds offset by pulsing major key piano chords. Its "gentle, sparkling" synthesizer hook substitutes for a vocal chorus, as with other OMD compositions.

"Souvenir" became a major international hit for the band. Peaking at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart, it remains the group's highest-charting single in their home country, along with 1991's "Sailing on the Seven Seas". The song also reached the Top 10 in several European territories, including topping the charts in France, Spain and Portugal.

Having gained little mainstream airplay in recent years, "Souvenir" has been hailed as a forgotten classic within popular music. The makers of the New Musical Express and Uncut, in the 2011 publication 501 Lost Songs, lauded the track as a "classic piece of early '80s melancholy." Dave Thompson in AllMusic wrote: "OMD at their most luminescent, 'Souvenir' was a permanent memento of the group's early power." Critic Ned Raggett praised Humphreys' vocal, as well as the mid-song instrumental break.

Erasure vocalist Andy Bell has said that he is always moved to tears upon hearing "Souvenir".


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