::(Forever) Live and Die


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"(Forever) Live and Die" is a song by British synthpop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), released as the first single taken from their 1986 album, The Pacific Age. It is sung by Paul Humphreys, who ordinarily functions as keyboard player and backing vocalist. The single narrowly missed the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 11, but was a significant radio hit.<ref>"Remembering: OMD". Uncut. October 1999. "Delivered via the FM-friendly pipes of [Paul] Humphreys, 'Forever [sic] Live and Die' was another onmipresent radio favourite."</ref> It was a Top 10 hit in Canada and many European territories, and a Top 20 hit in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. It was the last of the group's singles to reach the UK Top 20 before Humphreys left in 1989, and Andy McCluskey continued OMD on his own.

Contactmusic journalist Dom Gourlay, in a 2011 piece, lauded "(Forever) Live and Die" as a song that "stands the test of time."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Critic Dave Thompson in AllMusic praised the track, writing: "OMD's last batch of singles had pushed the drumbeats to the fore...That rhythmic punch is still to be heard here, but it's the bassline that is prominent, returning the band to its more organic past and creating a much more complex rhythmic feel to the piece. The rich harmonies blend with the lush synths, the atmosphere is dense, and the lyrics are poignant."<ref>"(Forever) Live and Die" review at Allmusic</ref>

Producer Stephen Hague is also known for his work with the Pet Shop Boys, often using a chorus effect on Neil Tennant's voice, as he did with Humphreys on this song.

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