‘Temptation’ by NEW ORDER (1982)

Sonic knockout from the past

7 February 2019

Temptation‘ by NEW ORDER
Released as stand-alone single in 1982.
Post-punk for dance fans & vice versa.
The 7″ version played at 33 rpm to
accommodate its length of around five
and a half minutes. Magical score…

NEW ORDER: Website – Facebook

7″ vinyl to be played on 33 rpm…

NEW ORDER Released Their Fifth Album ‘TECHNIQUE’ 30 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

29 January 2019


Album: TECHNIQUE – the band’s fifth LP

Released: 30 January 1989 – 30 years ago

ALL MUSIC wrote: “Tastes and sounds were changing quickly in the late ’80s, which prompted New Order’s most startling transformation yet — from moody dance-rockers to, well, moody acid-house mavens. After the band booked a studio on the island hotspot of Ibiza, apparently not knowing that it was the center of the burgeoning house music craze, New Order’s sure instincts for blending rock and contemporary dance resulted in another confident, superb LP. ‘Technique’ was the group’s most striking production job, with the single “Fine Time” proving a close runner-up to “Blue Monday” as the most extroverted dance track in the band’s catalog… Placed in the perfect position to deliver the definitive alternative take on house music, the
band produced another classic record.”
Full review here. Score: 4.5/5

Turn Up The Volume! says: New Order was like a musical chameleon evolving from their early gloomy post-punk days to this Ibiza dance extravaganza. With flair and spot on.

Three Top Tracks: Fine Time / Round And Round / Love Less




TECHNIQUE in full…

NEW ORDER: Facebook / PETER HOOK: Facebook

Making dance records is exhausting

(pic: Getty / Press)

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?…