||[Dec. 11th, 2005|04:25 am]
|||||tempted, ceremonious, krafty||]|
So I gave in and bought the New Order: Item DVD collection. It's just as great as I thought it'd be, to have crisp fabulous exciting versions of ALL the videos they've made over the years, plus new versions of a few. The new video for "Ceremony" (their first single ever) is very strange, and was shot in Beijing I think. Plus the documentary New Order Story, on which they used the album art from Republic (no idea why; I've always thought it looks pretty bad), which I haven't been able to watch yet but looks great. Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia) directed the video for "The Perfect Kiss" in 1985, cool but less than I had expected. Maybe I'll review some of it. For the New Order fans out there. The set is definitely fan-friendly. There could be more but what's there is fine.
And along with it I got the new Singles 2 CD-set they've just released. The first thing I noticed was that the first disc was basically Substance's first disc, but I figured, whatever, it'll be just as great this time and redundancy isn't so bad, and the second disc has interesting newer stuff on it. But to my pleasant surprise these are actually the 7" versions of the singles, some of which I have NEVER HEARD before, or had only heard over crappy streaming audio. Most notable is an "original" version of "Temptation" (my favorite favorite song by anyone ever) that I have never heard. It's stripped down but still beautiful in that decadent, blank way. The singing and tempo are more intense, less polished. There's also a remix of "Temptation" by Secret Machines.
The Killers. Interpol. Franz Ferdinand. Without New Order's influence they could have all ended up making albums of country & western ballads. Since the demise of Joy Division in 1980, the British synth-pop quartet has been diligently changing the course of popular music, lobbing unlikely but inventive hits like "Blue Monday" and "True Faith" into the charts. Twenty-five years on, New Order remains shockingly vital. Its eighth proper album overflows with shimmering melodies, anchored by Peter Hook's spine-tingling bass lines and Bernard Sumner's thin but emotive voice in thrilling new songs like "Krafty" and "Dracula's Castle." -- Aidin Vaziri
--from Amazon.com's review of Waiting for the Sirens' Call
some people get up at the break of day, gotta go to work before it gets too late
sitting in a car and driving down the road, that ain't the way it has to be
but that's what you do to earn your daily wage, that's the kind of world that we live in today
it isn't where you wanna be, and isn't what you wanna do
just give me one more day (one more day), give me another night (just another night)
i need a second chance (second chance), this time i'll get it right (this time i'll get it right)
i'll say one last time (one last time), i've gotta let you know (i've gotta let you know)
i've gotta change your mind (change your mind), i'll never let you go.
--from "Krafty." horrid, isn't it? sometimes the lyrics are just cringe-inducing. they mean nothing and everything. they're cliche but unique. i love them. for some reason it works.
With both of these released within 3 months of each other, it seems like New Order (or their record company) was like, "Wow, for a band with a pretty dedicated, interesting fan-base, we don't offer much in the way of merchandise. Let's throw them two bones." This fan is happy obviously. I'm babbling but it's just because New Order's something I can count on to be good, make me laugh, make me sad, entertain me, make me think, make me feel, get me through, etc. My favorite.
So I've crossed those off the imaginary xmas list. I still don't have their latest standard-release album, Waiting for the Sirens' Call though. Sure I downloaded the stuff back in April when it was released but yeah.
Also, watching TV is always good. Except when you're hungry and Food Network is showing delicious potato dishes. "That martini was calling my name, and I answered." (from Whose Wedding is it Anyway? on Style Network)