Yup….it is the cover of Get Ready, the album released by New Order in 2001.
Three singles were lifted from it.
mp3 : New Order – Crystal (radio edit)
The ‘comeback’ single was released in August 2001; the first new song in eight years and sort of fitting that it went to #8 in the singles chart. The critics went wild for it but to this fan of such long-standing it was distinctly ordinary. Never had New Order sounded so much like an average white rock band. It was released on 2 x CD singles and, as had happened ever since the move away from Factory a number of remixes were offered up as the b-sides, although CD1 also had one other otherwise unavailable track:-
mp3 : New Order – Behind Closed Doors
If only it had been a cover of the Charlie Rich country hit from the 70s…..but to be fair it did turn out to be more unusual songs in the discography of the band – one that if played in isolation with no hints might catch out a few folk with the vocal not quite sounding fully like Barney till about 2mins in. It still doesn’t disguise the fact that for a band who were so adept with b-sides for much of their career that this is far from stellar.
Moving forward to November 2001 and what proved to be a #29 hit, which is about right for such a plodding effort:-
mp3 : New Order – 60 Miles An Hour
It’s b-sides consisted of a remix of the single, three remixes of album track Someone Like You and one new track:-
mp3 : New Order – Sabotage
Nope, it’s not a cover of the Beastie Boys song. In fact, it’s a far better song than many which found their way onto the parent album. It’s something of a throwback in some ways to the Low-Life/Brotherhood era with some great bass licks from Hooky midway through.
And just one month later, the song given the remixes as b-sides to 60 Miles An Hour was issued as a 45 in its own right….albeit one with a difference Here’s wiki:-
Someone Like You is a single released by New Order in December 2001. The single is unusual in New Order’s back catalogue in the respect that it was issued primarily as a club DJ vinyl release. “Someone Like You” was remixed by Futureshock, Gabriel & Dresden, James Holden and Funk D’void. The Gabriel & Dresden 911 Vocal Mix was recorded on September 11 and all releases with its inclusion has these sleeve notes: “Recorded September 11th, 2001 and is dedicated to the men, women and children who senselessly lost their lives that day”.
mp3 : New Order – Someone Like You (Gabriel & Dresden 911 Vocal Mix)
Methinks this 12 minute explosion of sound is one for Swiss Adam and ctel.