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The Walkabouts – The Light Will Stay On (Country Mix) (1997)

July 17, 2017 Leave a comment

It’s been a tough few weeks.

I’ve been working hard applying for my dream job: polishing the CV, reading like crazy, practicing the spiel, etc.

Found out today that I didn’t get it – c’est la vie.

I need to decide now what to do next ….

Happily, I’d been trawling through my Walkabouts CDs over the last few days and stumbled upon this tonight. Just what I needed. A companion piece to The SmithsThere is a light that never goes out“?

A perfect record – altogether now:

 And long, after we’re gone

The lights will stay on

The lights will stay on

Indeed they will.

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New Order – Dreams Never End (1981)

February 13, 2015 Leave a comment

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 …

John Cooper Clarke – Valley of the Long Lost Women (1978)

January 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Happy (route) 66th birthday to John Cooper Clarke tonight! Never kind Robbie Burns!

Way too smart for punk rock …  sophisticated wordplay over killer melodies and beats – I had this on constant rotation in my most miserable summer of 1982. Things got better in due course!

John’s backing band, The Invisible Girls, featured Martin (Joy Division) Hannett on bass guitar and production – inventive, melodic and melancholic as the mood required.

She left her heart in ‘Frisco
She left her room in a mess
She left her hat in the disco
She never left her address

Joy Division – Passover (1980)

January 16, 2015 Leave a comment

The only song I’ve posted twice …. separately and inadvertently! Previously here.

The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks, Magazine, The Damned, Black Flag, P.I.L, Members, Ruts, Husker Du, Wreckless Eric, Dead Kennedys, The Jam, Ian Dury, The Specials, Elvis Costello, Theatre of Hate, Sisters of Mercy, The Cure, Mekons, Tom Waits, Sister Sledge, The Police, Chic, Robert Wyatt, Bruce Springsteen, Blue Oyster Cult, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Patti Smith, Giorgio Moroder, Blondie, Psychedelic Furs, Donna Summer, Sugarhill Gang, … errr, Crispy Ambulance …. you can’t touch this.

Talking Heads, Ramones, Television, The Smiths – you’re still in the frame.

Bleak? You want bleak? Ian Curtis at age 23 falls apart as he contemplates a disintegrating marriage, guilt, disability and distant stardom. Stunning.

This is a crisis I knew had to come,
Destroying the balance I’d kept.
Doubting, unsettling and turning around,
Wondering what will come next.
Is this the role that you wanted to live?
I was foolish to ask for so much.
Without the protection and infancy’s guard,
It all falls apart at first touch.

New Order – Regret (1993)

May 29, 2014 1 comment

Not sure if anyone else is watching “From There to Here” on the BBC?

Manchester drama set in the mid 1990s with a soundtrack to match!

In last week’s episode this just leapt out of the telly. Hadn’t heard for soooo long, but what a record. Perfect pop music from a band never surpassed!

The Baywatch video version and then live from Finsbury Park with Hooky in stunning form … the best record ever made?

New Order – 1963 (1987)

November 21, 2013 Leave a comment

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.

Joy Division – Passover (1980)

July 2, 2012 1 comment

One of the half dozen greatest bands of all time.

On some days they are simply the best but then Talking Heads, The Ramones, The Smiths, New Order, The Beatles, The Stooges, James Brown, err, Crispy Ambulance, etc, will step up to make their own cases!

Many songs and LPs from the “post-punk” period have dated badly.

The same is not true of Joy Division’s second LP, “Closer”. An LP with no singles ….

I have previously posted here on “Decades” from the same LP, reflecting on the, ultimately, “humdrum”, motivation for such desperate and melancholic lyrics.

“Passover” falls into the same category for me. Don’t read this as the tortured anguish of a struggling artist; rather, sense the guilt of a young husband and father two-timing his wife, anticipating the consequences when she finds out and finding the excuses/reasons to explain himself ….

Or not.

This is a crisis I knew had to come

Destroying the balance I’d kept

Doubting, unsettling and turning around

Wondering what will come next

Is this the role that you wanted to live?

I was foolish to ask for so much

Without the protection and infancy’s guard

It all falls apart at first touch.

Just the track from the LP

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