Waiting for the Sirens’ Call is the eighth studio album by New Order. It was released on 28 March 2005 and was preceded by the single “Krafty” in February. Two additional singles from the album were released: “Jetstream”, which features vocals by Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters, and the title track of the album.

Waiting for the Sirens’ Call marks Phil Cunningham’s recording and co-writing debut with New Order; although he had been playing live with the band since the Get Ready tour of 2001–2002. It is the first New Order album recorded without Gillian Gilbert who left the band in 2001 to look after her family. During the sessions the band also recorded seven songs intended for their next album, which was never completed as planned. These songs were shelved when Peter Hook quit the group in 2007. One song, “Hellbent”, was eventually released in 2011 and all seven (plus a remix of “I Told You So”) were released as the album Lost Sirens in 2013.

The Japanese release includes several alternate versions of “Krafty” as bonus tracks, including one sung in Japanese. This was the first time that lead singer Bernard Sumner performed in a language other than English on record.

Here goes:-

mp3 : New Order – Krafty (single version)
mp3 : New Order – Jetstream (album version)
mp3 : New Order – Waiting For The Sirens’ Call (album version)

Krafty marked the first new release for Warner Bros. Records and was produced by John Leckie, a real veteran of the scene who had worked with Magazine back in the late 70s. Truth be told….it’s a bit of a disappointment given the pedigree of all involved. It did make #8 in the charts; the only songs made available as b-sides were remixes, none of which improved the singles.

Still, no matter how bad the remixes were, they were still a million miles ahead of the truly dreadful Jetstream, without any question the worst of all their 45s. And again, no b-sides other than remixes to redeem things. Somehow, this reached #20 in the charts

The third single saw the record company at its money-grabbing best. Here’s wiki:-

Rather than the typical maxi CD and DVD configuration for the single, “Waiting for the Sirens’ Call” was initially released as three separate 7″ singles. Each 7″ contained a different mix of the single as an A-side. On the B-side, each 7″ contained a brand new remix of a classic New Order single. A CD single for “Waiting for the Sirens’ Call” followed the three 7″ singles, and was released on October 3, 2005. The two-track CD featured full-length remixes of the song.

Just fuck off will you?

The three classic singles chosen for the remix treatment were Everything’s Gone Green, Temptation and Bizarre Love Triangle. The bottom of the barrel really was getting scraped. But it fooled enough folk to part with their cash that it reached #21, the last time New Order made the singles chart.

Here’s something referred to earlier in the post:-

mp3 : New Order – Krafty (Japanese version)

Despite the date of this posting, the above mp3 is not a joke……

Tune in next week for the final installment of the series.


3 thoughts on “THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Parts 29-31)

  1. I have listened to this album less than 5 times in the 12+ years since release. At this point I cared so little about a new New Order album, that the only thing I feel is memorable about the album is the phoned in album cover by Howard Wakefield at Saville Associates. The fact that there are 4 separate producers on the album says just how little control the band actually had. I will admit that the only song on the album that had any chance of having value was Guilt Is A Useless Emotion. The problem is that Stuart Price forgot he wasn’t producing Madonna when he was behind the board on this one.

  2. Krafty sounded like New order but the fire was gone and the lyrics are really poor. I honestly couldn’t tell you much about the album- I don’t think I’ve listened to it more than a few times. Jetstream is shit.

  3. You are right, Bragginarea, these tracks sound like New Order and while there is an undoubted certain residual pleasure in hearing them again…..

    …on these tracks it is short lived, more a visceral knee jerk reaction thing followed by the realisation that here follows another in a succession of uninspired pedestrian pop songs.

    The real best of New Order had us pricking up our ears going “what is that?! Wow!”

    From Technique onwards they were merely a pop band albeit with some good tunes and a unique if underused/under appreciated base player. The song titles previously handed down to them by Tony Wilson or cribbed by Peter Hook from a variety of sources, became extremely bland, decided by committee affairs, to the point I had to actually listen to some of the later tracks to remind myself I did actually know the song.

    I thought they briefly regained their (harder) edge with Crystal but these songs are a regression to blandness.

    All that said I have thoroughly this series. I watched “24 Hour Party People” again after JC mentioned it last week. Absolutely hilarious. Favourite bit. Everyone crowded earnestly round the Factory table for the eagerly anticipated first playback of “Yes Please”, the Monday’s budget busting make or break for the label new album : Rob Gretton : “When do the vocals kick in?”

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