There’s no disputing that Movement, the 1981 debut LP from New Order, was a difficult listen upon its release. It’s a record whose nuances and dark tones I’ve gradually grown to like over time, but for many a year I felt that only its opening track was genuinely worth anything:-

mp3 : New Order – Dreams Never End

I’ve pondered occasionally what might have happened if Factory had insisted on releasing it as a single and that somehow it managed to chart. Would it have meant Hooky would permanently have been handed vocal duties? If so, would the band have gone onto enjoy the subsequent successes or would they have messily imploded all too quickly? Rhetorical questions of course, but ones for a good drunken debate of an evening….

There’s a Peel Session version also available to enjoy which really demonstrates how much the production work of Martin Hannett was essential to a band really finding its feet:-

mp3 : New Order – Dreams Never End (Peel Session)

This late post was inspired simply by the track coming up on random shuffle as I cam home from work last night and I thought to myself……fuck, that’s a great song.


  1. Certainly the best song on Movement and one that would be very near the cut line on my imaginary comp. A couple of grand posts today, JC.

  2. If Movement wasn’t difficult, the album that exorcized both ghosts and demons, nothing would have likely come together for New Order. As a band, how do you move on from your frontman killing himself? How do you move on from being remembered for that same thing equally to or more than the music of Joy Division? How do you start new when so much of what you are is built out of that past?
    Movement was beautifully difficult and so emotionally heavy that it refused to let you forget what it was born of. I also wasn’t prepared to accept the album when it came out. As the years went by I found myself drawn to the songs more and more. If distance makes the heart grow fonder, it can certainly be evidenced in my “relationship” with Movement. Now I can’t think of New Order without Dreams Never End, Sense, or Chosen Time. Movement ends with two songs that show there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for New Order. Doubts Even Here is like a final epitaph on Joy Division. Denial has always felt like a peak at a new direction, moving on without forgetting – just putting the passed where it wouldn’t get in the way of the future.

  3. It is also worth mentioning that there are two very early mixes of Dreams Never End on the Western Works tape from September 1980.

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