Monday, 25 May 2009

New Order - Live and Very Dangerous

New Order have always been one of my favourite pop/rock groups. I have always felt that they were very misunderstood, making the decision to follow their own path, rather than continue in the footsteps of Joy Division, which I guess they did for at least two singles and one album. For those who know, for along time they remained unconsciously punk in their attitude, regardless of the music they were producing. This was especially prevalent in their live performances, not playing tracks from the current albums, hap-hazard with regular bum-notes, out of tune singing, mis-timed, forgotten and improvised lyrics. These clips are a great example. The first, a clip from a hometown gig at the Hacienda, Manchester in 1985 and the second, a clip from a one-off BBC music all-dayer TV show called `Rock Around The Clock' in 1984. The first clip is notable for Bernard Sumner's guitar-throwing strop during `Sunrise`, and the second clip, out of tune singing and swearing during `Blue Monday' from the same culprit.

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