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.