Friday, April 2, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Following a banger of a first single like Regret was always going to be a tough nut to crack. Yet the second single "World (The Price of Love)" delivered, with a mega-synth dance vibe.
The black-and-white video, shot along the French Riviera, is a cinematic masterpiece. The perspective changes as the camera follows four resort guests walking from the beach, through a dining area and ultimately into the hotel of a call girl.
What truly makes this video remarkable is its flow. It feels like a single edit, with only 4 cuts when the perspective is briefly changed.
And in a 'Where's Waldo' sort of way, it's also fun to locate each of the four band members blended into the clip in different spots. See if you can spot all four!
Saturday, February 6, 2021
A spoof of the heavy metal hair band videos of the 80s, those familiar with New Order's low-key image will find this clip ironic and funny as hell.
It is interesting to see the band members totally feeling the part, even Bernard. One of my favourite scenes is when he tosses the guitar into the audience.
Rabble-rouser Peter Hook, the rock icon of the band, unsurprisingly fits the rock-and-roll role the easiest with his bass thrusting.
The video wraps up with a somewhat predictable explosion as manager Rob Gretton enters stage left to assess the scene.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
New Order had been dormant for almost a decade, its members off doing solo projects since they had split up circa 1993.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Their best guitar-led track embodies the New Order sound: understated guitar, shimmering synths, Hooky's signature bass, lush arrangement and melancholic lyrics. A great vocal melody and surprisingly solid vocals from Bernard Sumner.
"Regret" is also very personal. As the lead track of the Republic album which I bought in Ontario on way home from BC, I have fond memories of driving a rental to PEI en route to my Master's research, with two copies of this CD (what if one started to skip?!). The Habs were on their way to winning an unlikely cup thanks to 10 straight overtime wins. A spring of intense optimism. The Habs haven't won since.
Other favourites from 1993:
"At the Hundredth Meridian" – Tragically Hip
"Man On The Moon" – REM
"World" – New Order
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Friday, March 22, 2019
After years of experimentation, New Order had perfected the use of synths and drum machines by 1986. The result is a pop masterpiece.
In terms of layers of electronic music, this song is near the top of the pedestal.
So many gorgeous, magical highlights:
- the opening lyric is impressive: "Every time I think of you / I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue."
- the swirling synths interlude in the pre-chorus
- the undulating pacing of the chorus
- Hooky's bass as the foil to the euphoric synths and strings
A superb song to zone out to on headphones and a great groove for the dance floor.
Friday, March 15, 2019
Saturday, March 9, 2019
The drum machines and synths do their thing, mostly by accident as the story goes, while Bernard Sumner's sparse guitar and Hook's iconic bass weave in and out of the mix. While the infectious beats almost force you to move your body, Sumner's obtuse lyrics stirs the mind (mine, anyways).