New Order – Dreams Never End (1981)
To celebrate Peter Hook’s 59th birthday (crikey!), what better way to mark the occasion than to acknowledge the moment when he could have been the contender for lead vocalist in New Order ….
As Joy Division imploded (or dissolved .. ?) in 1980 following Ian Curtis’s suicide, it took a few months for New Order to emerge from the debris. Their debut LP “Movement” was a mixed bag but, for me, this was by some distance the towering, stand-out, track.
Unusually Hooky takes the vocal duties on this one and, while this track is sublime, one gets the sense that he was never a natural … the tension in the shoulders; the shouting; it was always a strain ..
Nonetheless, this is pop perfection. The LP version, the Peel Session, live in 1981 and then live in 1987 …