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Video of the Moment #2194: New Order

 
By on Wednesday, 28th September 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

New wave and electronic dance legends New Order returned last year with ‘Music Complete’, their first album in a decade. It’s spawned a series of irrepressibly upbeat singles like ‘Restless’ and ‘Tutti Frutti’.

‘People on the High Line’ is a collaboration the band had with Elly Jackson of La Roux. The latest music video to be revealed from the album for the tune is a great example of just how powerful music can be, no matter where you are. At the East Ham Working Men’s Club in London, music – and the breakdancing that is done to the beats – is a welcome escape to the environment outside. Watch the video for ‘People on the High Line’ below. ‘Music Complete’ is now available from Mute Records. For more on New Order on TGTF, head here.

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Video of the Moment #1994: New Order

 
By on Saturday, 23rd January 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

While TGTF Towers in Washington, DC, gets buried in a historic blizzard, it’s important to keep spirits and heart rate up. Good thing, then, that New Order have chosen this afternoon to release their latest video, for single ‘Tutti Frutti’. Not to be confused with the Little Richard classic, it’s a grower of a track: I hated it when I first heard it, but you can’t deny the glittering synths and Bernard Sumner’s sufficiently emotional (for him) but largely detached lyrics, while the driving rhythm thumps on. The promo video is a great extension of the single, with its message clear: age is just a number, folks. Is the main character supposed to be a nod to Tony Wilson? Maybe…

Their most recent album, 2015’s ‘Music Complete’, which was the band’s first new album in 10 years (though still without Peter Hook), was released last October. You can read our review of the LP here. Past coverage of New Order on TGTF is right this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koXE2TuQ1_c[/youtube]

 

Album Review: New Order – Music Complete

 
By on Thursday, 1st October 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Words by Nick Roseblade

New Order Music Complete coverWhenever you hear that a classic band is reforming without certain members, you immediately fear the worst. When the Manic Street Preachers decided to carry on without the missing Richey Edwards, it worked at first, but as the albums got progressively worse, you questioned their reasoning. Why not just rebrand yourself ‘MSP’? We all know what it stands for, you can still play the old songs, but then a line has been drawn in the sand, we know you aren’t the same band.

After the death of Ian Curtis, the remaining members of Joy Division went away, then came back as a new group, christened New Order. During their best years, New Order redefined the pop landscape and released a slew of classic singles until they called it a day in 2007. Now they have returned with a new album, ‘Music Complete’, but like the Manic Street Preachers before them, they’re missing a key member. Luckily original bassist Peter Hook hasn’t done a Richey Edwards, but sadly after falling out with frontman Bernard Sumner, he’s no longer with the group.

Lead single ‘Restless’ kicks the album off: classic New Order synths and keyboards fill your speakers, and it appears to be business as usual. That is until Sumner starts singing, “I want a nice car, a girlfriend / who’s as pretty as a star / I want respect / as much, as much as I can get”. It’s hardly ‘Temptation’ or ‘True Faith’, is it? But you put it down to first song jitters and with an open mind you continue to the next track ‘Singularity’. Sadly, it’s more of the same. Uninspiring music and sixth form lyrics, “and all I wanna do / is make the right impression / the instrument of truth / a soldier with no weapon”.

The album continues in this vein. With each new track, you hope it’ll get better, but deep down you know it never will. The next three tracks – ‘Plastic’, ‘Tutti Frutti’ and ‘People on the High Line’ – feature Elly ‘La Roux’ Jackson. ‘Plastic’ sounds like a reworking of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’, but where you’d expect Jackson to come in, Sumner does and she is relegated to mundane backing vocals. ‘Tutti Frutti’ sounds like a Yello album track in the 1990s, complete with faux-computerised vocals. ‘People on the High Line’ proves to be the most fun track of the first half of the album: ‘90s Italian keyboards mix with a jaunty beat that sounds like music would have been played on a high-street fashion show in a local shopping centre in the decade.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYF718oOoco[/youtube]

‘Stray Dog’ features Iggy Pop on vocal duties; this is an atmospheric slow burning narrative piece. It’s reminiscent of the 1999 track ‘Pop’ recorded with Death in Vegas, but this New Order tune never quite reaches the levels of darkness or brooding that ‘Aisha’ does. The next selection of songs follow on from the pattern that ‘Restless’ started and blur into banality. ‘Superheated’ closes the album with an uplifting number, but like ‘Music Complete’, it feels empty and half-hearted.

There are three main problems with ‘Music Complete’. Firstly, it isn’t 1998 anymore. Due to Sumner’s song writing style, it all sounds very dated, musically speaking, and it’s hard to work out if these are in fact new songs or just old demos that Hook didn’t like and now he’s not around, Sumner has complete control to do what he wants with them. Retro-sounding synths and drum beats? They pepper the album. I like nostalgia as much as the next person, but I also like bands to progress, especially after such a long break. Secondly, the lyrics aren’t that great. While it can be said that Sumner and Hook were never classic lyricists, on ‘Music Complete’ it seems like the words have been treated as an afterthought.

And thirdly, Peter Hook’s driving and diversive bass-playing is missing. While Tom Chapman does a pretty good impression of Hooky, you know immediately it’s not the real thing. In the past, Hook’s bass would stalk you through the album, before he delivered that killer blow by note, but now the spirit of his bass playing is only there in spirit. I’ve spoken to a lot of people about this album, and old and new fans appear to like it. It sounds like their ‘90s dance stuff. If that floats your boat, get involved. Personally, I’d rather sail away.

New Order should rebrand themselves ‘NO’, that way we’d all know where we stand.

6/10

‘Music Complete’, the first new album from Manchester electronic legends New Order in 10 years, is out now on Mute Ltd. They’ll be on tour in the UK in November.

 

Video of the Moment #1894: New Order

 
By on Friday, 21st August 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

The current line-up of Manchester electronic legends New Order will be releasing a new album ‘Music Complete’ on the 25th of September on Mute Artists Ltd. ‘Restless’ is the first full song of theirs they’ve released to the public, after releasing mere snippets of tasters last month. They’ve always been known as a dance band, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that in their latest promo for the new song, they’ve got medieval actors cutting a rug, but there’s also other bits of debauchery. Guess the message here is that regardless of what era of history you’re looking at, there are always young people, and they’re always up to something. A pretty good summation of what New Order was back in the ’80s. Watch it below.

Past coverage of New Order on TGTF is this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c_3Afx9ZGE[/youtube]

 

New Order / November 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 9th July 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Electropop legends New Order have recently announced details of a new album, their first in ten years, titled ‘Music Complete’.  Featuring guest appearances from Iggy Pop, Brandon Flowers and Elly Jackson (La Roux), the album is due for release on the 25th of September via Mute Artists Ltd.  The band have released a series of very brief promo trailers as a sneak preview of ‘Music Complete’; you can view all three below the tour date listing.

In support of the album release, New Order will showcase their new material with a short run of live shows in the UK this November.  Tickets for the following shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 10th of July, at 9 AM.  To hear the band’s Stephen Morris in conversation with Radcliffe and Maconie on 6 Music yesterday (Wednesday the 8th of July) on iPlayer, visit the 6 Music Web site.For previous TGTF coverage of New Order, you can click here.

Monday 16th November 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Thursday 19 November 2015 – Glasgow Academy
Saturday 21st November 2015 – Liverpool Olympia
Tuesday 24th November 2015 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall

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Live Gig Video: New Order reveal live performance of ‘Temptation’ from Bestival 2012, related to new charity album

 
By on Wednesday, 10th July 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Similar to this album that the Cure released in 2011, the current incarnation of New Order have released ‘Live at Bestival 2012’, a charity CD to support the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust. This video just released is of the legendary Manchester band bringing it to the festival last year to perform ‘Temptation’, in all its 9-minutes plus glory. Watch it below.

New Order’s ‘Live at Bestival 2012’ is available now from Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best label, with all proceeds go to the Isle of White Youth Trust, a charitable, independent and professional organisation offering counseling, advice, information and support services to young people aged 25 and under who live on the Isle of Wight (the home of Bestival, natch) and, in some cases, their parents or carers.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE_lQmM74lA[/youtube]

 
 
 

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