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New Order – Face Up (1985)

In the 1980s, New Order just didn’t make patchy records (check here, here and here for evidence).

Every track, whether on A sides, B sides, or LPs, was a killer.

“Face Up” was the final track on the wonderful Low-Life LP of 1985.

Studying, and then living, in Manchester from 1984 to 1989; this was a key part of the soundtrack to the start of my life with my other half.

In many ways this is “bog standard” New Order genius …. however, greatness, even in the New Order canon, is hinted at with the chorus of “Oh, how I cannot bear the thought of you” and perfection is attained when, from 3:30 onwards, the lyrics and music build to one of the finest guitar solos in the history of popular music …

I heard it all before, I’ve heard it all before

I can’t hear it anymore

Your hair was long, your eyes was blue

Guess what I’m going to do to you….

To which, my winning answer would always have been “take you to the pub for a swift half and a game of dominos?”

The original LP version, then a killer live cut from Japan in 1985. Finally a slightly sketchier live version from The Hacienda in 1987 …

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