THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Parts 32-34)

From wiki:-

Music Complete is the tenth studio album by the English rock band New Order. It was released on 25 September 2015 by Mute Records, their debut on the label. The album features guest vocals from Elly Jackson of La Roux, Iggy Pop and Brandon Flowers.

During summer 2015, New Order promoted the album through online media, at Lollapalooza Chile with “Singularity” and “Plastic”, and half-minute snippets directly on their YouTube account. It was announced that Gillian Gilbert returned to the band, but with Tom Chapman taking Peter Hook’s bassist role.

Musically, the album is more electronic-focused than its two predecessors, and New Order’s first of new material in a decade. The cover art was designed by long-time collaborator Peter Saville and comprises a montage of lines with four colour schemes: red, yellow, green, and blue, which varies depending on packaging.

Music Complete was released on CD, both clear and black vinyl LP, and digital download on 25 September 2015, with an 8LP deluxe box set released on 20 November. The album received generally favourable reviews. A tour in support of the album ran from 4 November 2015 through 20 December 2015.

All of the above might be true….I didn’t pay attention to the release at the time and for the first time ever, I didn’t seek out tickets for the live shows in Glasgow. Some folk tell me I’m missing out, others say that the material was fairly bog-standard and not a patch on the band’s glorious era of the 80s and early 90s. It seems three singles were also released. As I download them, it will be the first time I’ve ever heard them:-

mp3 : New Order – Restless
mp3 : New Order – Tutti Frutti
mp3 : New Order – Singularity

First one is New Order by numbers…..nice and comfy and unchallenging.

Second one starts off a bit more interesting with a tune that is reminiscent of the Technique era. The chorus, however, is a total turn-off….as dull as the Waiting For The Sirens’ Call material.

Third one is Barney singing…..the others seemingly are playing on it……………but it’s not New Order.

Sorry folks for dragging out the series to such a sad conclusion. The legacy is being tainted by this sub-standard rubbish.

Tune in next Sunday and see what nonsense I’ve come up with for a new series.

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Parts 29-31)

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.

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Parts 28 and 28a)

Here to Stay is a song by New Order and produced by The Chemical Brothers. It was released as a single in April 2002.

It was the closing track from the movie 24 Hour Party People, and was the only new song composed specifically for the film.  The track was released without major marketing, but still reached #15 in the UK chart.

The single was B-sided with the track “Player in the League”, New Order’s failed entry for ITV’s football highlights programme The Premiership. The track was originally slated for inclusion on Get Ready, but was dropped.

The version offered up today is the full-length edit, as made available on the soundtrack to 24 Hour Party People, which I still believe is a very fine and often very funny movie.  Here To Stay isn’t the worst thing New Order ever released…in fact it’s one I quite like but I do always associate it with the closing titles of the movie and remembering how much I was smiling at, and inwardly applauding, Steve Coogan‘s portayal of Anthony H Wilson.

mp3 : New Order – Here To Stay

I’ve gone digging deep for the b-side:-

mp3 : New Order – Player In The League

I’m guessing the original version for the TV programme was an instrumental and it was revisited after it was rejected with the lyrics added……it makes for a more than decent b-side.

Part 28a??  Well, the thing is, a couple of months after Here To Stay, a rather wonderful mash-up was made available as a b-side to Love At First Sight, the latest single by Kylie Minogue:-

mp3 : KylieNewOrder – Can’t Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head

Poptastic stuff.

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 25-27)

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.

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 24)

The b-side to True Faith, the 14th single by New Order which was released in July 1987, was 1963. It was, and remains a magnificent b-side – a pop song with a lyric that wasn’t mundane and was also open to a number of interpretations – with both tracks being composed specifically for inclusion on the Substance compilation which, more than 30 years on is the album I’d recommend most to anyone who was new to the band and looking for a decent introduction.

All that was back in the Factory days when the release of a new single really was something to look forward to, even if on occasion the contents were a wee bit of a letdown. London Records had already shown how cynical they were prepared to be by lifting four 45s from Republic in 1993, but worse was to come when the label realised the band weren’t intending to get back in the studio anytime soon.

In November 1994, (the best of) NewOrder was put into the shops just in time for the Xmas market. A ridiculously lazy effort, it was mostly the 7″ versions of singles from 1985 onwards with four tracks given the remix treatment. I’ve already featured the abysmal True Faith 94 and it was released as a companion single to promote the ‘best of’ album. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the post-Xmas effort came via the release of another single….

mp3 : New Order – 1963-95

The thing is…..this was different from the mix that had been put on the ‘best of’ compilation. The new single was a remix by Arthur Baker and in itself was a really decent effort in that the song was stripped back a fair bit and was reminiscent in many ways of Regret. But it all seemed so pointless and greedy, especially when anyone wanting to get the full set would need to buy a least 2 x Cd singles and a the 12″ vinyl.

CD1 came with a slightly edited version of the Baker mix, together with the really appalling version that had been put on the ‘best of’ LP

mp3 : New Order – 1963-94

and two further mixes that really had fuck all to do with the original song:-

mp3 : New Order – 1963 (Lionrock Full Throttle Mix)
mp3 : New Order – 1963 (Joe T. Vanelli Dubby Mix)

CD 2 offered the full length Baker remix, a vocal version of Let’s Go (which had originally appeared as an instrumental on the soundtrack to a long forgotten movie called Salvation, released in 1987), another pointless remix of Spooky and another outing for the Shep Pettibone remix of True Faith.

The 12″ single consisted of four mixes of 1963, these being the two non-Baker efforts on CD1 and two further variations on them.

All of which sold in sufficient numbers to take the single to #21 in the UK charts.

This is where I really began to get disenchanted with New Order.  I did, and still do, have time for what Arthur Baker did to 1963, but the other mixes were a disgrace.  Years later, I did get one of the other b-sides courtesy of its inclusion in the Retro boxset.

mp3 : New Order – Let’s Go

What happened next almost beggared belief.  With still no material coming from the foursome, London decided that a further compilation was required and in August 1995, the tills bulged as fans parted cash for (the rest of New Order)…..here’s wiki:-

…the compilers brought together a selection of older remixes alongside new specially-commissioned remixes. The remixes of “Blue Monday”, “Confusion”, “Touched by the Hand of God”, “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “Age of Consent”, “Temptation” and “Everything’s Gone Green” were all new radical reinterpretations. The four singles from Republic are represented with remixes that had previously appeared as B-sides. The oldest mix included was Shep Pettibone’s take on “True Faith” from 1987.

The compilation was released on Compact Disc, cassette and double LP. Each version has a different track listing. Cassette editions include an additional mix of “Temptation”, while limited editions of the CD and cassette came with an additional bonus disc/cassette of “Blue Monday” remixes. To promote the album, “Blue Monday” was once again re-released. The single was backed with remixes that appear on the bonus disc of the limited edition CD. The version of “Blue Monday” released was the Hardfloor Mix, dubbed “Blue Monday-95”, and reached #17 in the UK

It was all beyond a joke now…

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Parts 21-23)

For a band that had long taken pride in the quality of its 45s, from ensuring as few as possible were on LPs to the high quality designs of the sleeves to making more than decent and different b-sides, New Order really seemed to give up the ghost once they found themselves on London Records.

Regret had been well received and the reviews for parent album Republic were universally positive, so much so that it went in at #1 on the album charts. Job done for all concerned at the new label.

But it proved to be an album, for this long-time fan anyway, that seemed to offer little in the way of substance (pardon the pun) and it didn’t really stand up to repeat listens. The reviews were almost as if the critics were using up all the goodwill from previous years, delighted to see the band back after four years in the wilderness offering proof that, post-Factory, there was much to look forward to.

I’ve dug out a review from NME – one in which the critic awarded the album 8/10. With phrases like these, that mark is perhaps understandable:-

New Order return near-triumphant after four years in the superstar wilderness, still sculpting and creating music as dizzyingly pretty as an azure chemical sunset over Los Angeles. The oceanscapes, landscapes and cityscapes of the world might have changed almost beyond recognition in the interim, but this Mancunian quartet have managed to retain their poignant, indefinable essence while voyaging tentatively into new waters.

It can’t be the easiest task in Christendom to sculpt an album that marries the machine-dreams of the purest Euro techno with Funk percussiveness and absolutely haywire melodies – these musical cul-de-sacs are usually mutually exclusive – and string wayward, frothy, accusing and tender poetry on top, but more often than not they’ve pulled it off.

But later on, the reviewer, Dele Fadele, points out something rather obvious about the record and why it was of huge bother to many fans:-

‘Republic’ has been produced and co-written with Stephen Hague with, for the most part, positive results. The only gnawing bone of contention is that he doesn’t seem to realise that Peter Hook’s melancholic, melodic bass-playing is the soul of New Order, the point from which all the other emotions start to make sense. Hook seems to have been confined to playing bit-parts on his own LP and the effect is that the tracks take some getting used to, such is their unfamiliarity, although when they finally sink in they just keep on growing. The single ‘Regret’ is not symptomatic of what follows, being classically hummable, guitar-led New Order, but at least you can hear Hooky.

If the reviewer really does think that Peter Hook’s bass was the soul of the band, how can you be so fawning over an album in which he seems to hardly feature?

Regret opened up Side A of Republic – it was followed in order by World, Ruined In Day and Spooky, all of which were released as 45s (but not in that particular sequence).

Ruined In A Day was released in June 1991 on 2 x CDs, 12″ vinyl and cassette. All told there were eight(!!!) mixes of the single. World, one of the other tracks on Republic (and a future single although we didn’t know it yet) was given a dub version on the 12″ while a new song, Vicious Circle, was released in two versions – the New Order Mix on the cassette and the Mike Haas mix on CD1. I thought it was the worst single they had ever released (up to this point) and I didn’t buy any of the versions…I wasn’t alone as it limped to #22 despite all the formats. I may not have bought it at the time and still don’t own a copy, but one of the remixes was given away on a compilation CD with a magazine around the same time:-

mp3 : New Order – Ruined In A Day (Reunited In A Day)

I’ve also done a bit of villainy for your previously unreleased track which is more like an Electronic outtake than anything else:-

mp3 : New Order – Vicious Circle (New Order Mix)

Moving on two months and the newly titled World (The Price of Love) became the third 45 to be lifted from the album. This time it was on 2 x CDs, 7″ and 12″ vinyl with, yet again, eight mixes of the single featuring the work of Paul Oakenfold/Steve Osborne, Brothers in Rhythm and K-Klass. There were no new songs on offer. It reached #13.

mp3 : New Order – World (Price of Love) (perfecto edit)

Finally, the dead horse was truly flogged in December 1993 when Spooky was issued as a single, To show you how ridiculous things were getting, I’m going to list all nine variations:-

CD #1
1. “Spooky” (Minimix) (Remixed by Fluke)
2. “Spooky” (Magimix) (Remixed by Fluke)
3. “Spooky” (Moulimix) (Remixed by Fluke)
4. “Spooky” (album version)

CD #2:
1. “Spooky” (Out of Order Mix) (Temixed by Paul van Dyk)
2. “Spooky” (Stadium Mix) (Remixed by Tony Garcia)
3. “Spooky” (New Order in Heaven) (Remixed by Paul van Dyk)
4. “Spooky” (Boo! Dub Mix) (Remixed by Tony Garcia)
5. “Spooky” (Stadium Instrumental) (Remixed by Tony Garcia)

There was also a 12″ single but it didn’t offer anything not available on the 2 x CDs.

mp3 : New Order – Spooky (Magimix)

Tune in next week to hear the bottom of the barrel really being scraped by the record company.

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 20)

I was very tempted to call an end to this series after World In Motion given that we are now onto the London era with the band signing to the label after the sad and bitter collapse of Factory.

It took nearly three years for the follow-up to the #1 hit to be released. By this time, the music scene in the UK and the US had gone through a number of major changes and there was a feeling that perhaps there was no longer a need for New Order. But doubts were banished when the first few notes of the comeback single were first heard:-

mp3 : New Order – Regret (7″ mix)

OK….it’s not exactly dance hall New Order, it’s not exactly electro New Order and it’s not exactly guitar-led New Order. But it is a rather lovely mid-tempo pop song in which the vocal comes through nice and clear over some polished and professional playing. There was no doubting that Stephen Hague‘s fingerprints were all over it as it sounded sublime coming out of a radio.

It was ‘new’ New Order, so to speak – one that seemed to promise much, albeit it was the sound of a band perhaps accepting their halcyon and wild days were over and it was time to settle down and make music for grown-ups and the baby boomers. They would no longer be a truly essential part of anyone’s aural landscape, but as long as there were enough songs of the distinction and quality of Regret, we’d have nothing much to worry about.

Except of course it didn’t happen that way.

Which is why this is the last 45 to be given a feature on its own, with all the b-sides brought together for your enjoyment. From here on in, the 45s will be lumped in on the basis of the albums they were lifted from.

Regret was released in 7″, 12″ and CD format. All of the b-sides were variations on the hit, which reached #4 in the UK, the last time the band enjoyed a Top 5 achievement:-

mp3 : New Order – Regret (New Order Mix)
mp3 : New Order – Regret (Fire Island Mix)
mp3 : New Order – Regret (Junior Dub Mix)
mp3 : New Order – Regret (Sabres Slow ‘n’ Lo)
mp3 : New Order – Regret (Sabres Fast ‘n’ Throb)

Fire Island and Junior Dub are the work of Terry Farley and Pete Heller. Sabres are that man Weatherall again…and both come in at more than 12 minutes in length. Here was the band showing that they could, indeed, still be relevant to dance halls. But you’d be hard pushed to recognise either of them as being related much to the original.

JC