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New Order – 1963 (1987)

I already have a few posts on the blog directly or indirectly referencing the assassination of JFK – check here, here and here.

This track drags the assassination into the realms of fantasy as Wikipedia notes:

In New Order Music 1981–89, the band’s lyricist Bernard Sumner writes a tongue-in-cheek account of the song’s lyrics that relate it to the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. Sumner theorises that Kennedy arranged for Lee Harvey Oswald to shoot his wife so that “J.F. could do one with M. Monroe”. Monroe commits suicide when Oswald hits the wrong target (in reality, Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, over a year before the assassination took place) and Oswald is later shot by his boss for “doing such a bad job and causing his hit-man business to go bust.”

The producer Stephen Hague has referred to the song as “the only song about domestic violence that you can dance to.”

Irrespective of the provenance, I’ve loved this record since 1987! The original B-Side then live in 89.

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