Lyrics Of The Day – By… NEW ORDER

From ‘Love Vigilantes‘ by New Order

[Verse 1]
Oh I’ve just come
From the land of the sun
From a war that must be won
In the name of truth
With our soldiers so brave
Your freedom we will save
With our rifles and grenades
And some help from God

I want to see my family
My wife and child waiting for me
I’ve got to go home
I’ve been so alone, you see

[Verse 2]
You just can’t believe
The joy I did receive
When I finally got my leave
And I was going home
Oh I flew through the sky
My convictions could not lie
For my country I would die
And I will see it soon

I want to see my family
My wife and child waiting for me
I’ve got to go home
I’ve been so alone, you see

[Verse 3]
When I walked through the door
My wife she lay upon the floor
And with tears her eyes were sore
I did not know why
Then I looked into her hand
And I saw the telegram
That said that I was a brave, brave man
But that I was dead

I want to see my family
My wife and child waiting for me
I’ve got to go home

LOVE VIGILANTES was the opening track from their 1985 Low-life album


27 September 2018

A few days ago we learned that PETER HOOK, legendary bass player of iconic post-punk band JOY DIVISION is set to revisit the group’s repertoire with Manchester Camerata
for a special date at London‘s majestic Royal Albert Hall on Friday 5th July 2019.

A couple of days ago Peter Hook spoke to NME about the upcoming event
saying ‘I shouldn’t have to defend myself on this‘. Full interview here.

As a devoted (Belgian) Joy Division AND Peter Hook fan I entirely agree with Hooky‘s genuine reasons for setting up this highly challenging concert. Here are a five of my personal arguments why he has all the right in the world to do what he did in the past, does today and will do in the future with Joy Division‘s magical oeuvre. Here’s my S/O.

1/ Peter Hook was/is a revolutionary bass player, actually the first bassist that did my
head in back then when I heard his work for the first time. His sound was a huge and essential part of Joy Division‘s successful appeal. He wasn’t only a co-founder, but a bloody remarkable and awe-inspiring key and co-songwriter of probably the most influential post-punk band ever. That surely gives him, unquestionably, all the artistic freedom whatsoever to do what he wants to with JD‘s tremendously captivating music. All the more as we – the fans who saw him playing with The Light in the past and will keep following them in the future – know very well how Hooky treated/treats the JD legacy. With total respect, with gripping passion and with a massive heart and a committed soul.

2/ Instead of keep on making dull albums with money-machine New Order (mind you,
I was a huge NO fan. They made some brilliant LP’s – with Power, Corruption & Lies and
Low-Life as my favorites – and I saw them playing some ace gigs in the early years but their last great album was 1993’s Republic, afterward it was all about take the money and run) the bass icon chose another, more honest path. (ps: I agree we don’t know all the details about the bitter legal fight between Hook & NO, but anyway he didn’t take the easy way, the NO cash-in way…)

3/ Since 2010 Hooky re-energized the timeless Joy Division catalog on stage in grand style and with tons of intensity giving several generations of JD fans (including me, of course) fantastic moments when playing all those fabulous songs like this eternal one…

Also since starting solo with his band ‘The Light’ Peter Hook is working his ass off to travel non-stop all around the planet to play in mid-sized venues performing for thousands of HAPPY and GRATEFUL fans for modest ticket prices. I’m pretty sure many overrated mega-business artists/bands (don’t make me start…) earn more money by playing top of the bill on only one major festival – because organizers charge the spectators a fortune to get in – than Hooky earns with his band and crew after a whole fucking year on the road. It’s not like his fans need to rob a bank or get a mortgage to witness the beauty he has to offer.

4/ It takes balls to stage something truly special as The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated
in that majestic Royal Albert Hall in London as many pompous press sharks and selfish Joy Division purists are waiting to see him crash.

5/ And, for the record… Hooky is one cool motherrocker!

Me, eye-to-eye, with the man last year at W-Fest in Belgium…

And it’s not always Hooky in the middle

Now let’s hope we can get a ticket for the big event!


TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – ‘Low-life’ – Third NEW ORDER Longplayer…

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘Low-life’ by NEW ORDER
Released: 13 May 1985 / NO’s third longplayer

ALL MUSIC review: “New Order’s third LP, Low-life, was, in every way, the artistic equal of
their breakout, 1983’s ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’. The point where the band’s fusion of rock
and electronics became seamless, it showed the band members having it every way they wanted: heavily sequenced and synthesized, but with bravura work from Bernard Sumner’s guitar and Peter Hook’s plaintive, melodic bass; filled with hummable pop songs, but still experimental as far as how the productions were achieved – But there was no mistaking that New Order had reached a peak, experimenting with their sound and their style, but keeping every moment wrapped in an unmistakable humanness.”

Score: 4.5/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME! says: A 24-hour party album and with previous LP
Power, Corruption & Lies‘ the very core of New Order‘s work to my ears.

TOP TRACKS: Love Vigilantes / The Perfect Kiss / Sub-Culture




Album in full…

NEW ORDER: Website – Facebook – All Albums

NO’s heyday

15 May 1981 – AB venue, Brussels
My first NO gigalready that long?…

NEW ORDER – Released Glimmering Pop Pearl Album ‘REPUBLIC’ 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

2 May 2018



Released: 3 May 1993 – 25 years ago

ALL MUSIC / John Bush wrote: “Pulling back slightly from the raw, dance-oriented Technique, New Order took a break for four years and then crafted another slice of prime guitar pop. In keeping with previous work, Republic simply borrows elements of contemporary innovations in club music to frame a set of effortlessly enjoyable alternative pop songs. As on Technique, the singles (“World,” “Spooky”) are the most danceable on the record, while lyrical concerns are among the most direct of the group’s career, including “Ruined in a Day” and “Times Change,” sure signs of the demise of Factory Records.” Score: 8/10

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: “After all these years still a must-take-along-on-holiday album. From electro-fueled sparks to guitar spiced gems. Both relaxing and uplifting!

Three Top Tracks: Regret / Ruined In A Day / Spooky

* REGRET one of their best singles ever

* RUINED IN A DAYromantic melancholia

* SPOOKYa mind-massage

Album in full

NEW ORDER: Website – Facebook – All Albums

Recovering from making a new album

THE BIG PINK Turn NEW ORDER’s ‘BLUE MONDAY’ Into A Compelling Slow-Mo Soundscape…

‘Blue Monday’ by THE BIG PINK
Original by NEW ORDER

Photo: Victoria Stevens

London’s electro-rockers THE BIG PINK, led by multi-instrumentalist/singer Robbie Furze, recorded a fascinating version of NEW ORDER‘s signature anthem BLUE MONDAY. Much slower, much darker and gloomier than the original. The somber soundscape is driven by a dense drum/bass groove, injected with menacing guitars and crystal clear vocals on top. Blue becomes black. A highly intriguing slow-mo performance! Dim the lights, here we go…

After their splendid debut album A Brief History Of Love (2009) and
successor Future This (2012) the band has a third album in the pipeline.

THE BIG PINK: Facebook – Twitter

Anniversary Albums – SUBSTANCE by NEW ORDER – Thirty Years Ago Today…

Remembering great moments in sonic history…


Album: SUBSTANCE 1987 – compilation CD by the Manchester legends with all the singles (the 12″ versions) at that point plus the respective B-sides. It also features the non-album hit single ‘True Faith‘ and its B-side ‘1963

Released: 17 August 1987 – thirty years ago today

Review: BBC Music wrote at the time: “In 1987 there were two records that stood head
and shoulders above the pack: ‘Substance’ by New Order and ‘Sign Of The Times’ by Prince.
Two double albums that defined the state of transatlantic dance music before E fully took sway and beats went forever baggy…
” !!! What can I say, I totally agree !!!

Three Top Tracks: Temptation / Everything’s Gone Green / True Faith

TEMPTATION – magical, just magical and catchy as bloody hell…

EVERYTHING’S GONE GREEN – last collaboration with the late, genial Martin Hannett

TRUE FAITHNew Dance Order, not really Hooky‘s choice…

Full tracklist (CD edition)…
Side 1: Ceremony / Everything’s Gone Green / Temptation / Blue Monday / Confusion / Thieves Like Us / The Perfect Kiss / Sub-Culture / Shellshock / State of the Nation / Bizarre Love / Bizarre Love Triangle / True Faith
Side 2: In a Lonely Place / Procession / Cries and Whispers” (incorrectly labeled as ‘Mesh’) / Hurt / The Beach / Confused Instrumental / Lonesome Tonight / Murder / Thieves Like Us (instrumental) / Kiss of Death / Shame of the Nation / 1963

So happy togetherback then

My first NO gig…
Brussels 15 May 1981.
Before their debut LP

See you again this Saturday, Mister Hook, at W-Festival

Peter Hook & The Light – Leuven, Belgium – 26 January 2017…