Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New Order - Power Corruption & Lies - 1983

I know I just posted New Order a couple days ago, but I felt compelled to post this one, now.  Don't know why, I just had to.  Obsessive Compulsive.

To me, this was New Order as professional, mature artists.  I thought this, having only started listening to NO with Substance, and reflecting back on the material they had already released.  I thought it was very well written, tame and un-risky.  Little did I know.  Now, looking back, I still see this album as an artistic example of professionalism and maturity, but I also see this album setting a gold standard for bands before and after to be measured by.  Every track is a classic Post Punk song.

Surprisingly, this is not my favorite NO album, though.  I still see Technique as their BEST album.  But, this one comes in...  I think third?  Not bad, considering.

I did what was right and had to be done by squeezing Confusion, Thieves Like Us and Lonesome Tonight on here, as it's almost a requirement.  This is where those songs belong.  Maybe, one day, I'll make a remix disc for this one.

One reason why I am not a huge fan of this album centers on Blue Monday.  YES, I respect the fact that most Techno, House and Electronica are influenced by it.  Yes, it was the #1 selling 12-single for many years.  Yes, it is a great song.  BUT, it is by far the most overplayed and worn out New Order song in existance (followed closely by Bizarre Love Triangle.)  I have heard Blue Monday played SO MANY times, I would choke someone if I hear it again.

4 comments:

  1. I absolutely love New Order, but I have to say that Blue Monday is my least favorite song by them. Sometimes its just that way.

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  2. Blue Monday was not on the original release of the album, it was a stand alone 12" that was later added. I think as a whole artistic concept, that was a spot on idea, with Blue Monday needing/deserving it's own slice of vinyl to be played and digested on it's own.
    Original Track Listing:

    Age Of Consent
    We All Stand
    The Village
    5 8 6
    Your Silent Face
    Ultraviolence
    Ecstasy
    Leave Me Alone

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  3. B.Monday is *still* the best selling 12-inch of all time, and I rather suspect that it's exclusion from the album proper made it such.
    Even if - as is famously reported - they lost money on every copy of the initial pressings due to the high costs of creating the sleeve.

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  4. This is actually my favorite New Order album -- in the original form, WITHOUT the inclusion of "Blue Monday." While I still really enjoy that song, I think it's sad that a lot of their other, BETTER, songs have been overlooked for that one. It's a good song, but I don't think it's representative of the band.

    My personal favorite of their songs would be "True Faith" -- which a lot of people think is overplayed, as well. But there's just something about it that sucks me in and gets my foot tapping and my head nodding every time I hear it.

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