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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. Paul Humphreys sings lead vocals on the track. The single peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. It was a Top 10 hit in Canada and several European territories, and a Top 20 hit in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

Reception

Simon Mills in Smash Hits described the song as "limp, languid, wimpy and totally inoffensive".[1] Contactmusic journalist Dom Gourlay, in a 2011 piece, lauded "(Forever) Live and Die" as a track that "stands the test of time."[2] Critic Dave Thompson in AllMusic wrote that the song returned the band to its "more organic past", adding: "The rich harmonies blend with the lush synths, the atmosphere is dense, and the lyrics are poignant."[3] While unfavourable toward parent album The Pacific Age, OMD frontman Andy McCluskey maintains that "(Forever) Live and Die" is "a good song".[2]

Track listing

7" and 7" picture disc
  1. "(Forever) Live and Die" – 3:36
  2. "This Town" – 3:44
First 12"
  1. "(Forever) Live and Die" (John "Tokes" Potoker - Extended Mix) – 5:45
  2. "(Forever) Live and Die" (7" version) – 3:36
  3. "This Town" – 3:44
Second 12"
  1. "(Forever) Live and Die" (Tom Lord-Alge - Extended Remix) – 5:50
  2. "(Forever) Live and Die" (7" version) – 3:36
  3. "This Town" – 3:44

Chart performance

Chart (1986/7) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 19
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 5
Canadian Singles Chart[6] 10
Dutch GfK Chart[7] 5
Dutch Top 40[8] 3
German Singles Chart 8
Irish Singles Chart[9] 13
New Zealand Singles Chart 14
Swiss Singles Chart[10] 9
UK Singles Chart[11] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 19
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[12] 37
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[12] 25

References

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