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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 …

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.

Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (2001)

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

A worthy follow up on the blog to the (pre/post) punk squall of Pere Ubu at their finest.

My other and half and I were out at a party on Saturday (oh, yes) and the DJ was, to be completely fair to him, absolutely clueless.

However, when he inadvertently stumbled upon this piece of pop genius, I had no option but to make haste to the dance floor. This provoked some bewilderment and ridicule from my good lady as, in her (erroneous) recollection,  I would normally refuse to dance to anything more commercial than a Crispy Ambulance b-side … ideally, a scratchy live version recorded on a Walkman.

However, close followers of this blog (good evening sir!) will know that I love Kylie Minogue at her best and have previously posted her “synth pop classic” (imagine Being Boiled era Human League) Slow, here.

“Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” is Kylie in her New Order phase; relentless electro-pop with killer hooks aplenty.

To demonstrate this point, see below for the original single and then a classic “mash-up” of “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” with New Order’s “Blue Monday”. Seamless.

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.

New Order – The Perfect Kiss (1985) (Fac 321)

July 26, 2012 1 comment

Absolute pop music perfection. If this was the soundtrack to my last 10 minutes on earth, I would die a happy man.

A stunning single and LP track from the stellar “Low-Life”.

The stamp of immortality was bestowed on the record by the video that accompanied the release.

I remember seeing this as one of the trailers to the art-house shenanigans at the recently opened Cornerhouse in Manchester in late 1985 . Along with Betty Blue, I recall this as the finest cinematic experience of its time!

From 6:30, when the cowbell comes in (no, really), the music transcends all space and time to hit the highest of all highs.

The extended video and the LP version in case the video disappears!

New Order – Face Up (1985)

June 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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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