Moving, on a molecular level / Needs more cowbell

typed for your pleasure on 12 September 2007, at 12.17 am

Sdtrk: see below

So yeah! Still moving. I’m actually typing this from my parents, where there’s a functioning Interonet connection…
We’re about, err, 60% done? That’s not including the ‘arranging things where we want them’ phase, so this will be a Work in Progress probably until the end of the month. How did you spend September? they will ask. Our answer: Moving shit around and sweating like New York waiters.

In the meantime, I’d like to share this with yü: Driving around today, I was listening to disk one of New order’s ‘Substance 1987’. It had been a number of months since I last heard it, and I was utterly floored again as to how unbelievably good The perfect kiss (track 07) is — it’s either my favourite, or my second favourite song by them, I’ve not decided which. The video for it (FAC 321 in the Factory records listing) is rather good too. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the man behind ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and other feature films, it’s an austere affair that fits perfectly in with the early days of the band’s ‘anti-image’, as it’s simply Bernard, Hooky, Gill and Stee performing the song in a practise room. This video was particularly notable for me, as when I first saw it,
1) I had no idea that the band members switched up their instruments during the song
2) I’d never seen a sequencer in ‘action’
3) Peter Hook is a fucking Bass God
and 4) seeing Gillian simply confirms why I find English lasses into New wave so very very lovely. Yum.

So with that in mind, please enjoy the full 10.38 version of The perfect kiss.


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7 have spoken to “Moving, on a molecular level / Needs more cowbell”

  1. SafeTinspector writes:

    I liked that video. They all seemed very businesslike whilst going about their work. The musicianship is far more impressive to watch than I’d expected with the exception of the keyboard work which is pretty darn snoozy, but that’s what the piece called for, I suppose.

  2. Davecat writes:

    The thing I like about the keyboard parts is that they’re dead easy to play. Keep in mind Gill used to be a guitarist in her previous band (‘The Inadequates’, as all New order trainspotters know), and Stephen is normally the drummer.

    It’s a fine video, a fine video, especially seeing Hooky play. He plays high on the neck like that, as back in the Joy division days, it was sometimes difficult for him to hear himself, as their monitors were crap, so he’d go for the higher notes.

    I think I’ll watch it again!

  3. SafeTinspector writes:

    Its easy to think of synthpop music as lazy and easy, but its obvious these guys fucking rock.

  4. SafeTinspector writes:

    gotta say upon re-watching that the frog chorus bit near the two-thirds mark is a bit offputting….

  5. Davecat writes:

    Apparently, Stephen was totally in love with that sound, so he shoehorned it into the song. 🙂

  6. safetinspector writes:

    Why did I not remember asking about the frogs?

  7. Davecat writes:

    What frogs?

    *cue spooky music*

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