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movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) December 31st, 2005  







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movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) December 17th, 2005  



Tickets on Sale NOW //

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They're £40 each, so get in quick!

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Exchange Street
St Ann's Square
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and in Liverpool:

Radio City Box Office
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Line up includes: New Order, Andy Rourke, Johnny Marr, Badly Drawn Boy, Doves, Mani, Stephen Fretwell, 808state, MC Tunes and that's just for starters, we're announcing more names as we get closer to the date.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) December 15th, 2005  


Joy Division to record new material

The legends reveal all to NME.COM

New Order are working on new material for the long-awaited biopic of former Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.

Director and celebrated rock photographer Anton Corbijn - most renowned for his work with U2 - has asked the legendary Manchester four-piece to contribute songs to the film 'Control'.

The biopic, which is based on a book by Ian's widow Deborah, had been planned for a number of years, but the late singer's family were never happy with the proposals until earlier this year.

Bassist Peter Hook told NME: "We were asked to do the soundtrack to the film which I thought was a fucking great idea, for Joy Division to do the music for a Joy Division film because we've never really done a soundtrack before. The soundtrack could include new stuff. Basically Anton wants to use certain songs by Joy Division so that each song becomes a video. Like the way the 'Atmosphere' video was filmed, he wants to write videos that appear in the film.

"Every time we get accolades for Joy Division it makes [Ian's suicide] sadder, especially with the film. Working on the film has made the whole thing seem more poignant."

It is 25 years since Curtis was found hanging in his home. As a mark of respect to their former singer, New Order have been throwing in Joy Division songs during most of their sets throughout 2005. This culminated in the band playing a set almost entirely made up of Joy Division songs last month, as a tribute to the former Radio 1 DJ John Peel.

Hooky said the band are considering playing all-Joy Division sets at some stage in the future. He added: "We have actually talked about doing Joy Division sets and gigs but we haven't actually found our footing yet. We did the festivals and had a bit of time off but because we've played two gigs recently and had the whole UK Hall Of Fame thing we haven't really decided what we're gonna do next. If we deem it to be enjoyable then we'll do it."

Casting for 'Control' is set to begin next spring and the production team are looking for a big screen actor to play the part of Curtis.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) December 14th, 2005  


Details of Manchester charity gig announced

Ticket details for Andy Rourke's Manchester Vs Cancer revealed

Tickets for Lancastrian super-gig Manchester Vs Cancer are set to go on sale next week.

The show, featuring a host of Manchester legends, takes place at the MEN Arena on January 28, and is being organised by The Smiths bassist Andy Rourke to raise funds for the city's Christie Hospital.

Rourke along with New Order, Badly Drawn Boy, The Doves, Mani and Stephen Fretwell are all appearing, with more acts expected to be announced soon.

Speaking about the event Rourke explained: "It will bring together people and bands that have made Manchester famous. It will be huge and the idea is that this will be the start of an annual event to raise money for charity."

Tickets for the bash will go on sale at 10am on December 17, for more information go to Manchestervcancer.co.uk

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) December 14th, 2005  


Joy Division comeback

New Order plan return to their roots for biopic

14 Dec 05 - New Order have revealed they are working on songs for the film about their late Joy Division bandmate Ian Curtis.

Control is based on Touching From a Distance, the book by Curtis's widow Deborah. Casting for the role of Curtis - who committed suicided in 1980 - will take place in the spring.

The film is being made by director and rock photographer Anton Corbijn, who has worked with U2 and Depeche Mode.

Peter Hook told NME they wanted to record new songs for the film as Joy Division.

He said: "We were asked to do the soundtrack to the film, which I thought was a f***ing great idea - for Joy Division to do the music for a Joy Division film - because we've never really done a soundtrack before.

"It may include new stuff. Anton wants to use songs by Joy Division so that each song becomes a video. Like the way the Atmosphere video was filmed, he wants to write videos that appear in the film."

The Manchester band are also considering playing all Joy Division sets at future gigs.They played such a set at the October tribute concert for John Peel in London, including a rare outing for Warsaw.

Hook said: "We have actually talked about doing Joy Division sets and gigs, but we haven't found our footing yet."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) December 8th, 2005  

New Order nominated for a Grammy Award

Nominations for the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced today by The Recording Academy, reflecting a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories; collaborations were numerous and diverse; and newer up-and-comers were nominated alongside more established, legendary artists. The nominations were announced at Gotham Hall in New York City and the event was attended by national and international media, as well as key music industry executives. Artists reading nominations this morning included Natasha Bedingfield, Big & Rich, Mariah Carey, Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Carly Simon, Sway, and CeCe Winans. The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT)


Category 12 -  Best Dance Recording
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances.  Vocal or Instrumental.  Singles or tracks only.)

• Galvanize
      The Chemical Brothers Featuring Q-Tip
      The Chemical Brothers, producers; The Chemical Brothers & Steve Dub, mixers
      Track from: Push The Button

• Say Hello
      Deep Dish
      Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia & Sharam Tayebi, producers; Deep Dish & Matt Nordstrom,
      [Thrive Records]

• Wonderful Night
      Fatboy Slim & Lateef
      Fatboy Slim, producer; Simon Thornton, mixer
      Track from: Palookaville

• Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
      LCD Soundsystem
      The DFA, producers; The DFA & Andy Wallace, mixers
      Track from: LCD Soundsystem
      [DFA Records/Capitol Records]

• I Believe In You
      Kylie Minogue
      Babydaddy & Jake Shears, producers; Jeremy Wheatly, mixer
      Track from: Ultimate Kylie
      [Capitol Records]

• Guilt Is A Useless Emotion
      New Order
      New Order & Stuart Price, producers; New Order & Stuart Price, mixers
      Track from: Waiting For The Sirens' Call
      [Warner Bros. Records]

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) December 1st, 2005  

Off the Menu Entertainment Bulletin

Peter Hook DJ Set US tour January 2006

12th Baltimore- The OttoBar -Confirmed
13th Las vegas- Ice House lounge- Confirmed
14th Costa mesa -Detroit Bar- Confirmed
15th San diego -Casbah-Confirmed
16th Seattle-Nemos-confirmed
17th Portland-unconfirmed
18th Tallahasse-unconfirmed
19th Miami-unconfirmed
20th Denver-Lipgloss -Stanzi-Confirmed
21st NYC-Tiswas-Venue TBA -Confirmed

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 28th, 2005  


Supergroup looking for singer

Members of New Order, Stone Roses and The Smiths search for vocalist

Freebass - a supergroup consisting of New Order's Peter Hook, The Smiths' Andy Rourke and
The Stone Roses Mani - are on the lookout for a singer.

The band are looking to complete their line-up with a fresh face.

"We want someone young with something to say. Someone new," Peter Hook told filer-mag.com.

"I think the problem is that the three of us have such a pedigree of vocalist, that if we come out with someone that's not good we'll obviously be slated! You've got Ian Brown, bloody Bobby Gillespie, Ian Curtis, Bernard (Sumner) and Morrissey. Those are big shoes to fill, especially collectively," he said.

Hooky described Freebass' sound as "(sounding)like New Order with a bit of the Stone Roses and a bit of Smiths and some Northern Soul."

The star went on say the songs the supergroup have been working on contained all three bassists playing together.

"Mani does the low part, Andy Rourke in the middle and I do the high bit. But it works out quite well," he said.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 27th, 2005  


New Order go back to school

Secret gig in a primary school for Hooky and the boys

New Order finished their recebt mini-tour with a special performance at Oakwood High School in Eccles, Salford (November 18).

Playing in front of 200 children who weren't even born when the band began, the gig came about after an associate of the group mistakenly rang up the school and got talking to the Deputy Head.

Frontman Bernard Sumner then visited the school, which specialises in art and technology for children with complex learning difficulties, and promptly promised to play a gig in the assembly hall for a special art class.

"I had a bad experience at school," Sumner told NME.COM, "and it's nice to see that the education authorities have changed their attitude towards creativity. We don't make things in Manchester anymore since the big industries closed down, but it's a very creative place. Just look at the bands. It's just really nice to see the education authorities, after what I was told, investing in creativity instead of putting it on the back burner."

Playing for little under an hour before the 3 o'clock bell, the band tore through hits old and new, with Sumner quipping; "I'd heard our audiences were getting younger! Where's the music teacher? We can't read music you know, it's all up here."

But the show was not without its share of rock'n'roll behaviour. Before dedicating 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' to head teacher Janis Triska, bassist Peter Hook said: "I promised I wouldn't swear... but FUCK OFF!" and promptly brought the pre-pubescent house down.

New Order played:

'Your Silent Face'
'Waiting For The Sirens' Call'
'True Faith'
'Bizarre Love Triangle'
'Love Will Tear Up Apart'
'Blue Monday'

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 26th, 2005  


NEW ORDER LIVE JANUARY 28th 2006 at Manchester V Cancer Live music event

Manchester v Cancer is the idea of ex-Smith, Andy Rourke, following news that his manager’s sister and father had been diagnosed with cancer. Andy and his new company, Great Northern Productions Ltd decided to group together to raise £1million to fund cancer research at Manchester’s Christie Hospital, Europe’s largest cancer treatment and research centre.

Manchester v Cancer tickets will go on sale in December. Artists include New Order, Doves, Andy Rourke, Mani, Badly Drawn Boy, Stephen Fretwell. Much more to be announce


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 22th, 2005  


Magic magazine is announcing the release of the DVD 24 Hour Party People which includes a special issue of 65 pages on Factory Records - New Order / Joy Div / Happy Mondays.

French people and foreigners can order it there :


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 20th, 2005  


New Order Play Special Show At Salford School

The Manchester legends played an hour long set in the main hall of Oakwood High School at about 4.30pm.

The show was organised by head teacher Janis Triska at the school which deals with pupils with learning difficulties and specialises in arts, technology and music.

Ms Triska was inspired to organise the show after the school received an ‘Outstanding’ rating in its Ofsted report.

New Order treated pupils at the Eccles school to all the classics including ‘Blue Monday’, and ‘Bizarre Love Triangle.’

Afterwards Bernard Sumner told reporters, “Probably half the kids didn’t know who we were.

“It was still brilliant. We came to make people feel special, but they made us feel special. Creativity wasn’t big when me and Hooky were at school in Salford.”

Janis Triska told The Guardian afterwards: “It's been fabulous. I can't begin to describe what's happened. The children have had a whale of a time and it's so richly deserved for them and the staff who have worked equally as hard for the Ofsted inspection.

"The roadies are coming back in to do a talk to Year 10 and 12 about jobs in the industry and Bernie said he'd be coming back.

“The kids might not have known who they were before, but they all certainly do now."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 19th, 2005  


Pop bands often treat fans to the odd intimate gig after hitting the big time, but New Order took the idea to extremes when they performed at a school assembly yesterday.

Not that many of the 173 children at Oakwood High School, in Salford, had heard of a band whose biggest hit, Blue Monday, was released in 1983 when many of their parents were teenagers.

Bass guitarist Peter Hook left the children giggling when he swore

The children were, however, all too pleased to miss their afternoon religious education lesson. "I've never heard of them but it's great that we've had no lessons today," said Nathan Rogan, 15.

Naomi Buckley, 13, said: "When we were told that there was a band playing, I thought it might be Status Quo because they were on Coronation Street the other day."

The staff was more excited.

School technician Rob Cawood, 37, brought a record in to be signed and Paul Langley-Sadler, 31, the computing and technology co-ordinator, brought his camera, desperate for a photo with the band.

The unlikely one-hour concert came about through a misunderstanding.

Alan Wise, a music promoter and friend of New Order's lead singer Bernard Sumner, had been trying to call his daughter's school, which has a similar name, and dialled the wrong number.

He got chatting to Mike Appleyard, the deputy head, who was looking for ways to celebrate achieving specialist arts college status and a good Ofsted report.

Mr Appleyard said: "I asked him if he knew anyone famous and he suggested New Order and gave me Bernard Sumner's home number."

Sumner visited the special needs school, which is half a mile from his childhood home, and agreed to do what he could to help.

He said: "Mike asked if we would play a concert, which I thought was a bit cheeky. Then I thought, why not?

"I am sure the kids didn't know who the hell we were, but you are not going to get a more honest response than from children that age."

The pupils were indeed honest. As teachers danced in the aisles and sang along, many of the children looked bored or put fingers in their ears.

But after four or five songs most began to enjoy themselves, cheering, waving their arms or playing air guitar.

They were most excited when Peter Hook, the bass player, shouted "f*** off", before saying that he would probably get a detention.

"He swore," giggled the boys at the back.

"That's all they'll remember," said Kate Williams, the learning resource manager. The show wavered between a gig, a school assembly (with choruses of "Good afternoon everybody") and moments of pantomime when Hook chanted: "I think my side's cheering louder than his."

As the children filed out one asked his teacher: "What was the name of that band?"

No one told him that the band he had just heard had released the world's biggest-selling 12in single, Blue Monday, and had played in front of 50,000 at Glastonbury festival this summer. The school's brush with fame is not over yet. Sumner will be back on Monday to teach art lessons, and will bring the artist Damien Hirst and the actor Keith Allen with him.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 19th, 2005  

New Order perform school hall gig

Music legends New Order helped a school celebrate a good Ofsted report by holding a lunchtime concert there.

The band - two of whom are from Salford - played at the city's Oakwood High School after being inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

The school, which caters for pupils with complex learning difficulties, was praised as "a very good school" by inspectors from Ofsted.

Singer Bernard Sumner said he hoped the gig made the pupils "feel special".

"I come from this town and it can be a very rough place at times and if you've got some sort of disability or problem, you can times that by many times growing up here," he added.

I don't know if we made them feel special but they made us feel special
Bernard Sumner

"We wanted to come to make these kids feel special, not special needs, but special, and to try and raise their self-esteem.

"When they all got up after the second song spontaneously it was fantastic and you couldn't want a better litmus test than playing to a bunch of kids who probably don't know you're stuff.

"I don't know if we made them feel special but they made us feel special."

Headteacher Janis Triska said the gig was to help the children celebrate the school's Ofsted report.

"It seemed sensible to bring a Salford band to give a concert to the children," she said.

"Fortunately Bernard came to visit the school and was so pleased with it he said they'd give a concert.

"A lot of them probably won't have known the band but after today they're enthralled."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 18th, 2005  


New Order help school celebrate success

When headteacher Janis Triska received an outstanding Ofsted report for Oakwood high school in Manchester, it took her a while to ponder how to celebrate best with her pupils. She put pen to paper and wrote to every famous person with local links she could think of inviting them to come and visit.

This afternoon Manchester legends New Order took up that invitation and played a surprise gig for the school's pupils and the media. Bernard Sumner, the band's guitarist and singer, visited the school earlier this year and was so impressed he reportedly told Ms Triska he'd do whatever they wanted to help.

Oakwood high in Ellesmere Park, Eccles, is a special school for pupils with learning difficulties. Its Ofsted report this summer praised the school's breadth of curriculum, community links and the relationships between staff and pupils.

This afternoon Ms Triska was dancing in the assembly hall to New Order classics such as Blue Monday and Bizarre Love Triangle.

"It's been fabulous. I can't begin to describe what's happened. The children have had a whale of a time and it's so richly deserved for them and the staff who have worked equally as hard for the Ofsted inspection," she told EducationGuardian.co.uk after the gig ended. "The roadies are coming back in to do a talk to Year 10 and 12 about jobs in the industry and Bernie said he'd be coming back. The kids might not have known who they were before, but they all certainly do now."

Once the band had agreed to the gig, their management brought in public relations consultant Sara Teiger who had the tricky job of telling the world about the gig. The school specifically asked for publicity to promote its success following the Ofsted report, but could not release the news until after New Order had left the school at 4.30pm today for fear that they would be mobbed.

"Some of the staff have been playing New Order in the classrooms since eight o'clock this morning. It's the 30-something staff that are going mad about it. Some of the pupils say that their dads were going mad when they heard."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 17th, 2005  


Rock heroes Pink Floyd, The Who and New Order have been saluted by the music industry at a ceremony to induct them into the UK Music Hall of Fame.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to the Eurythmics

Posthumous places went to John Peel and Jimi Hendrix while Prime Minister Tony Blair led praise for the Eurythmics.

But Ozzy Osbourne, whose band Black Sabbath were also honoured, stole the show with a bottom-baring performance.

"That was a lot of fun," he said after mooning at the crowd which gave him a standing ovation at the London event.

Wednesday's show was the second annual Hall of Fame ceremony, after the likes of The Beatles, Madonna and U2 were honoured last year.

Ozzy moons

"Considering the amount of talent that comes out of this country, it should have been done 20 years ago," Osbourne said.

Black Sabbath were presented with their award by Queen guitarist Brian May, then Osbourne went on to moon at the Alexandra Palace crowd.

Pink Floyd were honoured after reforming at Live 8 in July.

Ozzy Osbourne bared his backside to the crowd

"It's nice to be loved and for one's contribution to be recognised in some way," singer and guitarist Dave Gilmour said.

"I suppose I agree that we have had an influence on modern popular music."

Gilmour accepted the award with drummer Nick Mason. Roger Waters was live on screen from Rome, where his opera Ca Ira is being staged.

The tensions between Gilmour and Waters rose to the surface when Gilmour thanked "all the passengers on this fabulous ride we've been on".

Waters responded: "I confess I've never felt like a passenger."

Gilmour played down suggestions of a further reunion, saying: "The Live 8 moment was a wonderful moment.

"But we've all moved on and there are lots of other things to be thrilled about these days."

Peel inspiration

Mason said there were "no plans" to get back together but he would like to do so.

If they did, it would probably be "for the same sort of reason" as Live 8, he said.

Peter Hook (left) and Bernard Sumner of New Order collected a gong

John Peel's honour was accepted by his wife, Sheila, after an introduction from Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn.

"John Peel was somebody that we could all trust," Albarn said. "Throughout his life, he gave people a sense of a bigger world out there."

Steve Winwood and former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash covered Jimi Hendrix songs while Alanis Morissette performed a tribute to Bob Dylan.

Jamie Cullum starred in an Aretha Franklin tribute and the Eurythmics performed a medley of their hits.

Mr Blair was seen in a video message to the Eurythmics, recalling hearing Sweet Dreams around the time he became an MP in 1983.

"It was just completely new, a different sound," he said. "They're two remarkable people - very talented, very original."

Ceremony organisers are considering building a real Hall of Fame attraction, possibly in the Millennium Dome.

"Meetings are happening at the top level and we hope to make an announcement shortly," a Hall of Fame spokesman said.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 15th, 2005  

VH1 Will Telecast 'The Second Annual UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony' on Saturday November 26th 9:00 PM

For the first time ever in the U.S., VH1 will broadcast "The Second Annual UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" with the entire two-hour ceremony airing exclusively on VH1 Classic right after the premiere on VH1. Artists who have been publicly announced to date are: PINK FLOYD, BOB DYLAN, EURYTHMICS, OZZY OSBOURNE AND BLACK SABBATH, THE WHO, THE KINKS, JIMI HENDRIX, JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER and the late, great legendary DJ and producer JOHN PEEL. The UK Music Hall of Fame is produced by Initial (part of Endemol) and distributed by Channel 4 International.

The second annual "UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" will take place at the famed Alexandra Palace in London on November 16th and premiere on VH1 as a two-hour live extravaganza on Saturday November 26th 9:00 PM.* The ceremony will be staged in front of a 3,000 strong audience and reveal up to ten legendary artists and one music industry figure to be inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. For the first time, viewers in America will be able to witness this totally unique and utterly unmissable evening packed with amazing live performances from top international artists, exclusive video packages and tribute speeches from some of the leading celebrities of our time.

VH1 Classic will air the entire, unexpurgated ceremony on Sunday, November 27 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT and again at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT. VH1 Classic viewers will witness the complete show, brimming with amazing performances and tributes to huge to be missed.

On November 11, 2004 music history was made with the inaugural ceremony of The UK Music Hall of Fame. The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Queen, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Robbie Williams were the first artists to enter the UK Music Hall of Fame and Chris Blackwell (the founder of Island Records) was given the Honorary Membership for services to the music industry. Inductees are chosen by a highly select group of entertainment industry professionals.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 13th, 2005  


Exclusive New Order Webcast from Manchester - Monday 14th November 2005

Text NEWORDER to 60999, and for just £5 you can see New Order's sell-out gig in Manchester live online on Monday 14th November, and as many times as you like for 7 days after that.

You can also register online at http://www.livegigsonline.com/gigs/neworder.asp

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 11th, 2005  


New Order roll out the hits

Collection of anthems and Joy Division classics played in London

New Order performed a collection of classic anthems and legendary Joy Division songs last night (November 10) for the first of two special shows in London and Manchester.

The legendary four-piece treated fans to a 90-minute set at Brixton Academy packed with hits from their back catalogue including 'Ceremony', 'Bizarre Love Triangle', 'Temptation', 'True Faith', 'Regret' and their Number One hit 'Blue Monday', a song which the band were forced to cut from their Glastonbury set this year.

They also threw in Joy Division favourites 'Transmission', 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', 'Shadowplay' and 'Warsaw'.

Speaking before the gig bassist Peter Hook told NME.COM: "The reason why we decided to do these shows was basically to give the two places in England which had given us the most, the nod really.

"After doing the festivals, which I think we felt quite happy with cos we reached so many people, we sort of went home and everybody started moaning at us cos we hadn't played our home town. We were a little bit worried we'd negelected our home town and generally because of our guestlist there we don't make any money so we decided to do this date as well to make some money to pay for the Manchester gig."

During the encore, singer Bernard Sumner even pulled their video producer Michael Shamberg up on stage for a special dedication.

The New Order frontman said: "We would like to dedicate this next track to Michael Shamberg. Give him a cheer, he hasn't been very well lately," before Sumner launched into the Joy Division track 'Shadowplay'.

He also took a swipe at Green Day after performing early hit 'Warsaw' when he said: "That was one of our first singles and that is what shit Green Day try and play".

They closed the set with 'She's Lost Control'.

New Order head up to Manchester next Monday (November 14) before they are inducted into the UK Music Hall Of Fame alongside the likes of The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd on Thursday (November 17).

Speaking about the honour Hooky added: "What excites me most about it is the company. It's quite weird cos you do it as New Order and you're part of the night and its like a Brits thing. Its like an excuse for a piss up a lot of the time and sometimes you worry that it's cheap TV. But it is a very nice compliment to be put in with that bracket with the likes of The Who. If it gets me out of the house then fucking great."

New Order played:

'Love Vigilantes'
'Waiting For The Sirens Call'
'True Faith'
'Bizarre Love Triangle'
'Love Will Tear Us Apart'
'Blue Monday'

'3 1 G'
'She's Lost Control'

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 9th, 2005  
Courtesy of Warner Music UK, this is the winner a free pair of tickets to see New Order at the CARLING ACADEMY BRIXTON, London this Thursday, Nov 10th.

Nick McKay
Carol McKay

The names were picked from the mailing list


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 7th, 2005  

UK Music Hall Of Fame update:

More names join UK Music Hall Of Fame and now you can be there!!!


For your chance to walk on the red carpet, sit in VIP seats and mingle with the stars in the after show party, call 0207 351 7499 or email ukmhof@quintusgroup.com

 For standard seats call 0871 2200 260 or email www.seetickets.com


The Line up includes Ozzy Osbourne & Jamie Cullum

John Peel (Performance Buzzcocks, Peter Hook, Datsuns, El Presidente and The Soledad Brothers - Damon Albarn Inducting him)

Bob Dylan (Alanis Morrisette confirmed for tribute performance)

Pink Floyd (attending but not performing)

The Kinks (attending but not performing. Pretenders performing Tribute)

Jimi Hendrix (Tribute Performance supergroup including Slash)

New Order/Joy Division - performing

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 6th, 2005  

Quick New Order update:

Expect "Guilt Is A Useless Emotion" as the next single for the US market.  The track was produced by Stuart Price who also worked on the upcoming Madonna album. 

Two digital maxi singles will be release in the US on 11/29.

Guilt Is A Useless Emotion DMD

Album Version

DJ Dan Club Mix edit

Bill Hamel Vocal edit

Blueplate Vox edit

Morel's Pink Noise edit

Mac Quayle Vocal Mix

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) November 5th, 2005  

Ex-Factory stalwarts ACR (A Certain Ratio) will be supporting New Order at their Manchester Apollo gig on Monday 14th November…

 More info will be available via the ACR website – www.acrmcr.com

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 21th, 2005  



THU 10-NOV-05 DOORS 19:00


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movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 17th, 2005  


Bands set for Hall of Fame honour 

New Order performed at a recent concert in memory of John Peel

The Who, The Kinks and Joy Division/ New Order will be inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in November.

The bands will be honoured alongside Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix at this year's ceremony.

The ceremony, at London's Alexandra Palace on 16 November, will feature performances by Alanis Morissette and The Pretenders.

A panel of 60 broadcasters, artists, journalists, and industry executives have selected the bands.

Music contribution

Artists can be of any nationality as long as they have had success in the UK.

Last year's induction ceremony saw The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley, Queen, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Robbie Williams become the inaugural members of the UK Music Hall of Fame.

Bono of U2 and Madonna were at the ceremony to pick up honorary awards.

This year's ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 4 on 17 November and will also feature New Order, who received the NME Godlike Genius Award earlier this year, performing the Joy Division classic Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Joy Division became New Order after the death of lead singer Ian Curtis at the age of 23 in 1980.

Former Guns n' Roses guitarist Slash will also lead a supergroup in a performance to honour legendary guitarist Hendrix.

The late DJ John Peel will receive 2005's Honorary Membership of the UK Music Hall of Fame in acknowledgement of his exceptional contribution to UK music.

DJ and TV presenter Dermot O'Leary will present the induction ceremony on Channel 4, while Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe will broadcast live from the event.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 14th, 2005  


Music legends unite for Peel tribute single

Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey have joined a lineup of musicians to record a tribute single to the late John Peel.

The Led Zeppelin and Who stars are set to perform a cover version of the Buzzcocks' Ever Fallen In Love, one of the Radio 1 DJs favourite records.

The song's author, Pete Shelley, will also appear on the single alongside Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Peter Hook from New Order and Jeff Beck - names who owe their careers to Peel's influence. Newer acts involved include the Futureheads, El Presidente and the Datsuns. It features piano by Sir Elton, rhythm guitar by David Gilmour and bass guitar by Peter Hook of New Order.

Announcing the new version, Shelley said: "It is very eclectic. That was the magic of John, though. He was somebody who embraced all forms of music over the last 40 years."

The release has been masterminded by Peel's son Tom Ravenscroft, who hand-picked each artist.

"We have tried to make the single a bit like one of Dad's shows, in that it's a mixture of different artists and styles," he said. "All the artists on the record have at some time been played by Dad, whether recently or before I was born, and in some cases before they were really popular. It's unpredictable, and there's hopefully someone or something in it for every listener.

"I was astonished and very touched that everyone agreed to be a part of it and I'm sure that the project as a whole and the work that has been put into it would have meant a huge amount to him."

Peter Hook joined the tribute to Peel: "He enriched my life through championing my group and he enriched my life through his fantastic radio programme and even now, after his death, he enriches my life because I get to make a record with people who were my heroes."

The single will be released on November 21, to coincide with Peel's induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Proceeds will go to Amnesty International, whose campaigning work the DJ supported.

A two-CD tribute album is also scheduled for release on October 17, featuring many Peel favourites, including his hero Lonnie Donegan, his favourite band the Fall and his all-time favourite song, Teenage Kicks by the Undertones. A portion of the profits will likewise go to charities.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 14th, 2005  


Win New Order DVDs!

It's been a good week for New Order. On Monday, they received a Q Legend Award for their work as Joy Division, which - despite Bernard Sumner not turning up after disputing Q's review of Waiting For The Siren's Call - gratefully accepted by Peter Hook, Steve Morris and the latest Ian Curtis's daughter Natalie. 

Then, on Wednesday, they played a triumphant Joy Division-only set at the Royal Festival Hall in honour of the late John Peel. To mark the occasion, then, Q4music.com has 3 copies of the new New Order DVD sets, which include the 1994 documentary Neworderstory and the excellent New Order: A Collection, which features all the videos the band have made since 1981 (and a few that had nothing to do with them).


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 14th, 2005  

JOOLS HOLLAND Later... Cool Britannia 2 (2005 UK Region 2 PAL DVD featuring 36 performances from some of the best British bands arounds including appearances by Kaiser Chiefs, Hard-Fi, Radiohead, Bloc Party, The Libertines, Oasis, Keane, Coldplay, Embrace and many more...). ** released 24 October 2005 **

1. I Predict A Riot – Kaiser Chiefs
2. Song 2 – Blur
3. Hard To Beat – Hard-Fi
4. Moving – Supergrass
5. There There – Radiohead
6. Helicopter – Bloc Party
7. Krafty – New Order
8. Decent Days And Nights – Futureheads,
9. Lucky Man – The Verve
10. Run – Snow Patrol
11. If You Tolerate This – Manic Street Preachers
12. Boys In The Band – The Libertines
13. Irish Blood, English Heart – Morrissey
14. Talk, Talk, Talk – The Ordinary Boys
15. Yes – McAlmont And Butler
16. Black And White Town – Doves
17. Cigarettes And Alcohol – Oasis
18. Silent Sigh – Badly Drawn Boy
19. Just Looking – Stereophonics
20. Can’t Stop Now – Keane
21. You Will You Won’t – The Zutons
22. Golden Gaze – Ian Brown
23. The Power Is On – The Go Team
24. Leafy Mysteries – Paul Weller
25. Freakin’ Out – Graham Coxon
26. Michael – Franz Ferdinand
27. Trash – Suede
28. The Red, The White, The Black, The Blue – Hope Of The States
29. Tellin’ Stories – The Charlatans
30. Tourist – Athlete
31. Road Rage – Catatonia
32. This Is Hardcore – Pulp
33. Blindness – The Fall
34. Why Does It Always Rain On Me – Travis
35. Trouble – Coldplay
36. Ashes – Embrace

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 13th, 2005  

New Order launch John Peel Day

The DJ's life is celebrated today

New Order kicked off the celebrations for John Peel Day with an extra-special set filled entirely with Joy Division songs.

Gigs are taking place all over the UK today (October 13) to mark the first anniversary of the iconic DJ's death.

And playing the special launch show at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall last night, they acknowledged the fact that Peel had been the first person ever to their original incarnation by playing an entirely Joy Division-filled set - the first time they have done so since the suicide of Ian Curtis in 1980.

From the stage singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner said that they would have got "nowhere" without the support of Peel.

And before the show, bass player Peter Hook explained their decision: "We're only playing Joy Division songs, we thought he would have liked it that way. We've been flirting with it for ages, talking about doing a Joy Division set, because we thought the contrast would be nice, and I just decided for this to do it. But it's worked it, sounds good and it's interesting. We're playing two songs tonight we've not played for 25 years."

As well as favourites 'Transmission', 'She's Lost Control', 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and 'Atmosphere' , the six-song set featured 'Shadowplay' and '3 1 G' , the first song the band ever wrote together.

New Order were introduced by Fergeal Sharkey of The Undertones. Other artists performing were Super Furry Animals, Venetian Snares , Misty In Roots , Jawbone, Laura Cantrell and The Fall.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 12th, 2005  


Keep It Peel @ Queen Elizabeth Hall, October 12th 2005

New Order (performing a Joy Division set)

Transmission / She's Lost Control /Shadowplay / LWTUA / Atmosphere / Warsaw

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 10th, 2005

Off The Menu update:


After a huge success on the 240 hr party people, Peter Hook is mad for more and hits the west coast for 2 dates in San Fran & LA
San Francisco -28th Oct Mezzanine
Los Angeles - 29th Oct Bang

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 10th, 2005  


Winners: The Q Legend

The Q Awards 2005 took place today Monday 10 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Presented by Guy Garvey from Elbow.

Winner: Joy Division, accepted by Peter Hook, Steve Morris and Natalie Curtis (daughter of Ian)

Exchange Of The Day

Peter Hook:"I remember Paul Weller saying to us one time: Are you the support band? And we said, No we're Joy Division.." Steve Morris: "That's very abstract, Hooky. True, but abstract." Hooky: "Bernard would be here, but he thinks Q are a bunch of two-faced cunts who have always given us bad reviews." Ah. Thanks, Barney. We think.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 10th, 2005  

The long awaited project directed by Popswirl of a cd tribute to New Order called "Revolving World – A tribute to New Order" is now available. The modern musical point of view of 15 bands from 5 different countries on a major band of the 20 past years ; a large project built on thinking, sharing and exchanging musical experiences, running from Lyons to Sydney, Boston to Brussels, Buenos Aires to Gävle.


More infos on

1. So Happy - "Blue Monday"
2. Magnolia - "Nineteen63"
3. Alight - "Guilty Partner"
4. Scalde - "Crystal"
5. Shed - "Perfect Kiss"
6. Mango - "World"
7. The Rams - "Shellshock"
8. Kii Noo - "Age of Consent"
9. Feelings of Nowhere - "Round & Round"
10. For the Chosen Few - "Your Silent Face"
11. Unwise - "Brutal"
12. Eventide - "Ceremony"
13. Airbag - "True Faith"
14. Laura Van Damn - "Turn My Way"
15. Une Vie Austere - "Lonesome Tonight"
16. Anthony Stretch - "Temptation"

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 8th, 2005  


Corbijn takes Control with Joy Division biopic

Rock photographer and music video director Anton Corbijn is preparing for an early 2006 shoot for his first feature film, tentatively titled Control, about the life of the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.

Producers Orian Williams and Todd Eckert of US-based Claraflora first announced the project in January and Corbijn tells ScreenDaily.com that they are currently nailing down financing and starting the casting process.

Corbijn expects to shoot Control for up to two months in early 2006 in Manchester, Macclesfield, and surrounding areas. Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, himself a mythical figure in the Manchester music scene (as captured in Michael Winterbottom’s 24-Hour Party People), will co-produce as will Ian Curtis’s widow, Deborah Curtis.

Deborah Curtis’s book Touching From a Distance is the basis for the script (by Matt Greenhalgh), but Corbijn adds, “It’s broader than that.” He adds, “It’s not a Joy Division film, it’s a film about Ian as an artist.”

No actors have been confirmed yet, and Corbijn admits that that finding an actor to play such an idolized figure as Curtis is quite a challenge. “A lot of people have expressed interest but we haven’t found the right people yet,” he says. Corbijn reveals that several American actors have expressed interest in playing Curtis, but the director says simply, “that would be wrong.”

Unlike his music video work, Corbijn doesn’t plan to serve as his own cinematographer. He does have concrete ideas about the look of the film already: “It will be shot on film, most likely in black and white,” he reveals. “Most people’s memories of that era are in black and white. Joy Division specifically seems like such a black-and-white band.” (Corbijn used B&W images in his famous 1988 video for Joy Division’s Atmosphere that featured hooded monks carrying a giant photograph of Ian Curtis on a deserted beach.)

As for the sounds of Control (the title was inspired by Joy Division’s classic She’s Lost Control), the film-makers have the rights to Joy Division’s music. The band’s successor New Order is also involved.

The subject is close to Corbijn’s heart: as a young, music-obsessed photographer in 1979, he moved from Holland to England to be closer to Joy Division, his favourite band. Two weeks later he convinced the group to let him do a photo shoot, despite his lack of credentials.

That 1979 photo can be seen on Corbijn’s new Director’s Label DVD, devoted to his career so far. The DVD includes several dozen of his award-winning music videos for artists such as U2, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Metallica, and Nick Cave, along with commentaries and a 40-minute documentary about Corbijn.”

(Thanks to Paul G. for the online access)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 30th, 2005  










10pm – 3am




And the legend lives on:- The most intense night of 1988’s ‘summer of love’ is officially returning to thaw a cold December weekend, with a heady combination of air horns, piano riffs and memories of lost inhibitions. ‘Hot’ - the night that first brought hedonistic Ibiza to Madchester - is gathering the greatest names from the Haçienda and Fac under one roof to show us exactly what we have been missing.
Re-live the long and steamy Indian summer and get sweaty - jackin’ on the dance floor with the people who brought us acid house and have the best record collections this side of Chicago. The unrivalled, undisputed and downright unbelievable line-up of Graeme Park, Mike Pickering, Jon Da Silva and the 808 State boys, as well as New Order’s Peter Hook, is gonna make this night rocckkkk…

The Haçienda is back in the area. If you weren’t there first time round this is your chance. And if you were – I’m sure you’ve already bought the ticket. See y’all there… Aciiied!








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movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) October 1st, 2005  


Michael Shamberg

In 1980 filmmaker Michael Shamberg was videotaping concerts at New York’s legendary Hurrah nightclub when he met the members of New Order. Recently renamed after the suicide of their lead singer, Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, New Order would go on to shuck the earlier band’s existential gloom for a spiky electronic — and wildly successful — dance pop. But in 1980 they were just a band on their first American tour.

Forming a relationship with New Order and their manager, Rob Gretton, Shamberg promoted a New York concert in 1981 and filmed it with Barry Rebo as “Taras Shevchenko: Live at the Ukrainian National Home,” which now appears on the New Order DVD 316. In the process he became the band’s link to both cutting-edge film and the art world. When New Order would release an album they’d go to Shamberg, who would solicit video proposals from a series of great film directors and visual artists. Over the years Shamberg produced New Order videos by Robert Frank, Robert Longo and Gretchen Bender, William Wegman and Robert Breer, Jonathan Demme, Gina Birch from the U.K. band the Raincoats, French video artist Philippe Decouflé and Kathryn Bigelow.

“I never had anyone write a scenario,” Shamberg says of his approach to video commissioning. “The band could be in [the videos] or not — it didn’t matter.”

As the band grew in popularity, they started needing more, well…normal videos. When their Get Ready album was released in 2001, Shamberg solicited proposals from Leos Carax, David Gordon Green, Gaspar Noé and Michael Winterbottom for the lead-off single “Crystal,” but the record company decided to go with video director Johan Renck. Still, Shamberg retained his relationship with the band and continued making quirky lower-budget New Order videos that exist alongside the “official” releases. This September, Rhino is releasing a compilation DVD that collects New Order’s clips with a chapter heading allowing the viewer to play separately Shamberg’s productions. Included on the disk are two new Shamberg clips. The first is a simple and evocative video for the old song “Temptation,” directed by Shamberg and featuring Victoria Bergsman as a French girl buying and dancing to a New Order record. The second is Chinese d.p. and director Yu Lik-wai’s color-seared take on the band’s first single, “Ceremony.”

Of these two new clips, which cost only $10,000 each, Shamberg says, “In the early days, when Hurrah screened videos on monitors, videos were shot on video. Then they became commercials and were shot on film. Now, with these little cameras, we can go back and shoot on video with no crews, and that’s encouraging. It’s made me want to go back and make short films.”

The DVD contains Jonathan Demme’s epic production of “A Perfect Kiss,” a stunning video that consists of precisely framed shots of the band recording the song in a studio. At the time, the rumor was that the simple video was extravagantly expensive, and I asked Shamberg if that was true.

“The band didn’t mime to songs,” he explained, “so we recorded the song live on 24-track. We brought d.p. Henri Alekan over to Manchester, shot in 35mm and edited with Tony Lawson on a flatbed. Then we went to Liverpool to do a mix of the music and then traveled to L.A. to do a final film mix with Demme. It was like making a mini feature, and it cost about $200,000.”

Shamberg is also building a Web site (www. kinoteca.net) that will contain his stories about the making of these videos as well as one special treat. “When I called Leos Carax” — the legendary French director of Les Amants du Pont-Neuf — “to do a video for ‘Crystal,’ he told me, ‘The video will be very cheap, but my fee will be very large,’” recalls Shamberg, who notes that Carax didn’t get the job. “Then one day he called and told me that he had gone ahead and made the video. It’s very funny, and it will be up on my Web site. It’s just him, his dog and his cat. It makes fun of music videos. At the end, his dog is sitting there with an erection.”

Following the DVD release, Shamberg will move on to another Manchester-inspired project, a feature on Joy Division in collaboration with U.K. director Carol Morley, Yu Lik-wai and Natasha Dack of the production company Tigerlily. The film will examine the early years of the band as seen from the eyes of two Japanese fans who travel to England to meet them.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 30th, 2005  


In Los Angeles, Resfest will host a New Order video retrospective at the Egyptian Theatre tonight September 30th at 7PM.

Info on the screening of the videos:

Info on the ResFest stop in Los Angeles (including complete program details - price, location):

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd. east of Highland

Spielberg Theatre is an 85-seat theatre located inside the lobby of the Egyptian Theatre.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 24th, 2005  


Still Hooked on the Hacienda

Having spent years carving out a career as a champion bassist, New Order’s Peter Hook has recently taken to spinning discs instead of making them. We chatted with him ahead of a Hacienda Classics night to find out how his DJing career is going.

Are you looking forward to the Hacienda Classics night?

"(Laughs) Well, Manchester’s a notoriously tough place to play and I’ve not been DJing long, so I’m hoping they’ll be kind to me. I am looking forward to it. I think the Hacienda still deserves to be pushed and known. It’s just one of those great things that Manchester had and it’s nice to rekindle it. All you’re asking for is kindred spirits, really."

It’s 23 years since the Hacienda opened…

"But only eight since it closed!"

What do you think keeps that vibe going?

New Order

New Order

"I think I’d put it down to the personalities that came out of it. I still think they’re very, very strong. New Order, even Joy Division, to some extent are allied to it. You’ve got the Happy Mondays, even Gorillaz bringing Shaun back. Everything pre-empts it and brings it back. I mean, we had a wonderful time then, and the thing is, people who were unlucky enough not to have had it would like a little bit of it, and people who have had it want more of it. It’s as simple as that really!"

What’s your number one Hacienda classic?

"That would be a tricky one. I think it was Rhythm Is A Dancer. That’s the one that already reminds me of it."

Was that the one that got you on the dancefloor?

"(Laughs) If I can remember ever being on the dancefloor! The trouble with those Hacienda nights is they all blend into one and I can’t remember any of them! Rhythm Is A Dancer was the one we always used to put on in Salford to warm us up before we went down. It’s always the one that gets me going, makes me smile and remember those days."

How do you feel about playing those tunes now?

"I don’t mind playing old music if it’s good. To me, it’s all in one line, it’s just great music. All you’re trying to do is give a bit of energy to a night, you’re just trying to make that night special, so whatever weapons you can use to make it special is fine by me."

Do you enjoy DJing?

Peter Hook

Peter Hook

"I love it, I really do. It’s Mani and Clint Boon that I have to thank for getting me into it, because I was really resistant, though Bernard (Sumner) has done it for years. It’s really hard work. You get really nervous because you’re doing it on your own. When you’re alone, it’s really strange, because I’m never used to being alone. For 28 years, I’ve hidden behind the rest of the group and you get a lot of strength from that.

"So it is quite nerve-wracking, but again, when you pull it off, you’ve got that wonderful eruption of giving people a top night. I like annoying people as well, so I throw some crap in that really annoys them, and then bring it back by playing Blue Monday or something like that. I do like to have a bit of fun at people’s expense in a way that New Order have never done."

Does it feel weird playing New Order tracks?

"It did do and I resisted it valiantly on my first five or six DJ sets. I basically had people moaning at me non-stop because I wasn’t playing New Order, and I was saying ‘that’s the point! I’m in New Order; I don’t want to play New Order. I live with it every day.’ But you come to realise that people come to hear you to hear New Order. So what I did was I delved into our extensive collection of rare remixes and stuff that people hadn’t heard. I tweaked a few things myself, did a few special mixes, so I get my satisfaction from being arty and they get satisfaction because I’m playing New Order. Life is a two-way street, isn’t it?"

Does your new DJ career make you wish you’d DJed at the Hacienda?

"No, I had too great a time sat in a corner, completely drunk out of my head. I enjoyed standing there and watching the DJs, but the thing about working it is that I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much because it would have been work!

"I was taking to Oliver Wilson (Factory founder Tony Wilson’s son). He’s really into getting together a proper Hacienda tour and taking a bit of what we had round the country, and he’s really enthusiastic about it. I was really nice to see that enthusiasm back because I think we did have something very special, and I think if you look at Twenty Four Hour Party People, a lot of us have still got something very special, so why not take it out? It’s good for Manchester, isn’t it?"

What do you think of the Hacienda now, since it’s been turned into flats?

"I like that because I gave them permission to use the name, because I own the name. If it had been a club and it’d carried on, it would have been like seeing your girlfriend out with somebody else. I like the fact it sits there as a monument to that madness that we all had for those years. I’d love to go in it. I’ve never been in it because I’ve always resisted how it would feel if you went in, that sort of ghostly vibe. It’s on my list to have a walk round just to see if there’s anything you can feel in the walls."

Would there be a temptation to get drunk in a corner?

"Unfortunately, I have that temptation every day in any corner."

Evolution presents: Hacienda Classics
Start Date: 16/09/2005
Start Time: 22:00
End Time: 04:00
Prices: adult £12
student £10
Telephone Number: 07771 877696
E-mail: info@evoclassics.com
  Event website
Genres: Clubbing & DJ Bars
Venue Name: The Music Box
Address: Oxford Street


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 19th, 2005  
John Peel - Queen Elizabeth Hall

John Peel Day Radio 1 are putting on a special gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on Wednesday 12th October.

Is the the night before the massive John Peel Day happening across the country and around the world on Thursday 13th October.

Artists confirmed to play so far are:
New Order
Super Furry Animals
The Fall
Laura Cantrell
Misty in Roots
Venetian Snares

More will be announced soon.

Radio 1 are recording the night and will be broadcasting highlights the next day.

The show runs from 6.30pm until 10.45pm. Doors open at 6pm.
Ticket Details
Tickets: £25 + booking fees

They go on sale ay 9.30am on Monday 19th September.

They are available from the venue box office, by calling 0870 160 2516 or online at www.rfh.org.uk.

Tickets are restricted to 4 per person.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 12th, 2005  

MUSIC star Peter Hook has given his backing to Manchester United fans opposed to the club’s takeover by American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. New Order bassist Hook – who also played on the band’s legendary England World Cup song, World In Motion, in 1990 – was in Airtight recording studios in Chorlton in July this year putting his stamp on a new football anthem for Manchester United to lift fans whose spirits have been dampened by the takeover.

Well waiting period to get on your hands on it is over. Release is set for September 19th, 2005 in UK.

Catalogue Number: MUHP001CD

Track Listings

1. We’ll Never Die

2. Christian Word

3. Crazy Guy

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 1st, 2005  

Off The Menu news:

Filter magazine, off the menu Entertainment and Virgin Atlantic present New order's charismatic bassist Peter Hook (Hooky) on a 240 hr non-stop party people DJ tour across America spinning at hot spots such as GBH at Lotus, NYC and Miami's indie rock aficionados Revolver!




Sept-29th-Baltimore-The Ottobar

Sept 30th-NYC-Lotus
Oct 1st-Buffalo-SoundLab
Oct 2nd-Chicago-Smart Bar
Oct-3rd-Madison-The Cardinal
Oct-4th-Milwakee-Mantra Lounge
Oct-5th-Austin-The parish
Oct-8th-Orlando-The Social

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 1st, 2005  

London Records

To Receive your free "WAITING FOR THE SIREN'S CALL 7" collectors slipcase that house the three versions of the 7", simply follow this link (that offer is only available within the UK):


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 1st, 2005  

London Records




Following the success of the top 10 single, ‘Krafty’ and ‘Jetstream’, the superb collaboration with the Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronix, New Order return with the sublime title track from their eight studio album. ‘Waiting For The Sirens’ Call’ was produced by the New Order themselves and the band consider it to be one of the best tracks they’ve ever made.

 Waiting for the Sirens Call will be released on three separate 7”s only, remixed and back upped with exclusive tracks, a slipcase for all three discs will be available. Formats are as follows:

Disc 1:            Waiting for the Sirens Call               Rich Costley Radio Edit

                        Temptation                                         Secret Machines Remix

 Disc 2:            Waiting for the Sirens Call               Band Mix

                        Everything’s Gone Green                 Cicada Remix

 Disc 3:            Waiting for the Sirens Call               Jacknife Lee Remix

                        Bizarre Love Triangle                       Richard x Remix

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 01st, 2005  

London Records



On October 3rd New Order will be releasing a definitive collection of all of their singles to date. ‘Singles’ is the ultimate anthology of the works of one of the most exceptional and groundbreaking British bands to date.

Drawing from twenty four years worth of remarkable recorded material, ‘Singles’ compiles every single released by the band in chronological order. The only way to own all the tracks on ‘Singles’ would be to have purchased every New Order single released in their career. ‘Singles’ displays just what New Order are so good at – creating the perfect pop singles that have crossed over to become ideal moments in music over the last twenty four years. Where as previous collections have focused

on the different elements of New Order, ‘Singles’ is the first time that the bands definitive works have been laid out to create this classic New Order collection.

Tracklisting is as follows:

Disc 1                                                             Disc 2

1. Ceremony                                                  1. Blue Monday

2. Procession                                                2. Fine Time

3. Everything’s Gone Green                       3. Round and Round

4. Temptation                                                4. Run2

5. Blue Monday                                             5. World in Motion

6. Confusion                                                  6. Regret

7. Thieves Like Us                                       7. Ruined in a Day

8. Perfect Kiss                                              8. World (Price of Love)

9. Subculture                                              9. Spooky

10. Shellshock                                               10. Crystal

11. State of Nation                                        11. 60 MPH

12. BLT                                                           12. Here To Stay

13. True Faith                                                13. Krafty

14. 1963                                                          14. Jetstream

15. Touched By the Hand of God               15. Waiting For the Sirens Call

                                                                        16. Turn

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) September 1st, 2005  
Warner Vision



This autumn New Order release ‘Item’, a two DVD set that chronicles the unique story and visuals of a band that have gone down in musical history. In ‘Item’ New Order tell their account of a legendary career, through the stories, videos and music that have made them one of the most important British bands of all time.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 18th, 2005  

News from Rhino 


Link to pre-order the DVD: http://www.rhino.com/store/ProductDetail.lasso?Number=970482

Ground-Breaking Band Set to Release Video Collection Featuring Their Dramatic Story in Documentary Form and Never Before Seen Videos


Los Angeles— New Order, the innovative British pop group who have an enjoyed a 25+ year career, is set to release NEW ORDER: ITEM a 23-video collection that includes hit singles “Bizarre Love Triangle,” “Blue Monday,” and “True Faith,” plus alternate versions and new videos for “Temptation” and “Ceremony ” created exclusively for this release. The second disc in the set is a two-hour documentary with personal interviews, and interviews with musicians such as U2’s Bono on the affect the band’s music has had.

After the demise of Joy Division, due to Ian Curtis’ suicide, the three remaining members moved forward as New Order.  Having already cemented a solid place in rock history with Joy Division, the band had very little left to prove but their influence was far from over. With their uninhibited use of electronics, the group changed the way audiences forever view electronic music and its integration into traditional rock genres. Over two decades later, their footprint is all the more palpable as bands like The Killers, The Bravery and Bloc Party consistently cite New Order’s music as a key influence. 

The band has always treated the photography and video elements of packaging and promotion as an equally integral part of what they do. Having continually turned to the brightest names in film and photography when working on videos to accompany their songs, a litany of photographers, choreographers, directors and producers have contributed to this collection.  Included in this collection is Jonathan Demme’s video for “The Perfect Kiss,” famed photographer William Wegman and animator Robert Breer’s vision for “Blue Monday ‘88” and painter Robert Longo’s “Bizarre Love Triangle.” Michael H. Shamberg, producer of many New Order videos, contributes liner notes to the DVD


Street Date:                                       September 20, 2005

Total Running Time:                              260+ Minutes


Disc 1- Collection


The Perfect Kiss


State Of The Nation

Bizarre Love Triangle

True Faith

Touched By The Hand Of God

Blue Monday ’88

Fine Time

Round &Round


World In Motion


Ruined In A Day

World Spooky 1963 Crystal

60 Miles An Hour

Here To Stay

Krafty Jetstream

Waiting For The Sirens ’ Call



Round & Round– USA/Patty

Regret– Baywatch

Crystal– Gina Birch Version


Ceremony Temptation

Live 1981



Disc 2- New Order Story

The Documentary

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 18th, 2005  
Ram (Formed by ex-Revenge / Monaco frontman David Potts)

Some Ram news for you... Pottsy is currently helping his mate out, playing bass in his band 'Beats for Beginners'. First time playing bass live since the Revenge days! Two songs were mixed and finished last week. Those being 'So low' and 'I'm not sleeping'. Both sounding great, thanks to a helping ear from Tom Knot 'The Earlies'. Four more re-recorded songs will be mixed next week... 'And I...' 'Faces' 'Elliott's song' and lastly, 'Free Yourself' which (in demo form) will soon be available to listen to as the new featured track on the site. Thanks again to everyone who's logged on to the Ram site (www.ram.uk.com).

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 17th, 2005  
Peter Hook will play a DJ set at the North Star venue in the Shetland Islands on Saturday 3rd September.

The gig was meant to happen in December 2004, but had to be rearranged due to Hooky sustaining a hand injury a week before the show.

The North Star has played host to a number of ex-Factory acts in the past including The Durutti Column, Silent Partners (featuring Dermo from Northside) and Graeme Park from the Hacienda.
Ticket info for the Peter Hook date can be found at www.thenorthstar.co.uk

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 14th, 2005  

New Order new DVD Sleeve

New Order upcoming DVD "Item," due Sept. 13 via Warner Music. 22 music videos and a 1993 documentary

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New Order on BBC Radio 1

Time For Heroes: New Order

One of the most important and influential bands of the past 25 years, New Order recovered from the devastating death of singer Ian Curtis to make the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time, help invent house music and inspire a whole new generation of bands from the Killers to Bloc Party. Features contributions from the Chemical Brothers, Doves, Ana Matronic, 2 Many DJs, Arthur Baker and Tony Wilson.

To hear the show before it is broadcast next Monday August 8th 23.30 Lamacq Live, click on the following link  http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/onemusic/documentaries/

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) August 1st, 2005  

London Records

The release of New Order new single 'Waiting For The Siren's Call' is expected to be 19th September.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 16th, 2005  


Check out RAM new website

Formed by ex-Revenge / Monaco frontman David Potts, RAM have received fantastic reviews from just about everyone from the BBC to Oasis to Yann Martel (Life Of Pi).

Descriptions of RAM are as varied as the music; a grown-up, melodic, psychedelic, quirky pop/rock. The RAM sound is all of these and but paints on a much broader and original musical canvas which even stretches to the ultra-cool of French cinema …


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 12th, 2005  


DVD Rounds Up New Order Videos, Documentary

New Order has rounded up 22 music videos and a 1993 documentary for the upcoming DVD "Item," due Sept. 13 via Warner Music. According to a spokesperson, one disc of the package includes clips for such classic tracks as "Blue Monday," "True Faith," "Bizarre Love Triangle," "The Perfect Kiss" and "Regret," as well as two newly shot videos for "Ceremony" and "Temptation."

The other disc will house the documentary "New Order Story," which chronicles the group transformation from Joy Division into worldwide dance/rock superstars. The film was previously released on VHS but has been expanded here to twice its original 70-minute length.

New Order is finishing up summer touring in support of its new Warner Bros. album, “Waiting for the Sirens' Call.” Bassist Peter Hook told Billboard.com this spring that the band has enough leftover material, such as the track “Stay With Me,” to form the bulk of another new album, although no release date has been penciled in.

“We did actually sit there facing each other with absolutely nothing,” Hook recalls of the start of the “Sirens' Call” sessions. “It was quite an incredible moment, actually. Because now, two-and-a-half years later, with an album finished and eight songs ready for the next album, which is probably the most prolific we've ever been, you can't even imagine for one minute what it was like to sit there with nothing.”

Here is the track list for “Item":

"Blue Monday"
"The Perfect Kiss"
"State of the Nation"
"Bizarre Love Triangle"
"True Faith"
"Touched by the Hand of God"
"Fine Time"
"Round & Round"
"World in Motion"
"Ruined in a Day"
"60 Miles an Hour"
"Here To Stay"
"Ceremony" (alternate video)
"Temptation" (alternative video)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 12th, 2005  

London Records

For all the fans who Upload their own U-Myx of New Order's fantastic new single 'Jetstream' for a chance to win a 20GB Ipod (Plus additional exclusive New Order merchandise goody packs for three runners up.) , the winner will be announced shortly (initially on Monday 4th July).


London Records have been experiencing technical problems with downloading audio entries to the U-Myx competition, which was tied in with the 'Jetstream' single.

For this reason they have not yet been able to announce the winner of the competition. Stay tune for the winner announcement.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 10th, 2005  


Brandon and Bernard onstage at T

Brandon and Bernard onstage at T

NEW ORDER were joined onstage by KILLERS frontman BRANDON FLOWERS during their triumphant headline set on the NME/RADIO 1 stage tonight (July 9) at T IN THE PARK.

Flowers joined the band for 2001 single ’Crystal’. The band in the video for the song were called The Killers.

The band also dedicated the Joy Division classic ’Atmosphere’ to the people of London after the recent bomb attacks on the city.

Bassist Peter Hook said: “There was just no need for that, no need for that at all.” He had earlier told NME.COM: ”It’s really scary. It shows what a rotten world we live in.”

He also praised Scottish audiences, saying: “They seem to love us, even after some of the dodgy shows we’ve played here! They don’t bottle us anyway.”

He also said the reason the band didn't play 'Blue Monday' was down to actor pal Keith Allen, who had joined them onstage for footie anthem 'World In Motion'. He laughed: "Yeah it was his fault. We always blame somebody else!"

The set was:

  • ’Regret’

  • ’Krafty’

  • ’Crystal’

  • ’Transmission’

  • ’Atmosphere’

  • 'Waiting For The Sirens' Call'

  • ‘True Faith’

  • ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’

  • ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’

  • ‘Temptation’

  • ‘She’s Lost Control’

  • ‘Blue Monday’

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 7th, 2005  


Stars record anti-Glazer single

COME ON US REDS: Will Melor, James Davenport and Peter Hook at the recording
COME ON US REDS: Will Melor, James Davenport and Peter Hook at the recording


MUSIC star Peter Hook has given his backing to Manchester United fans opposed to the club’s takeover by American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. New Order bassist Hook – who also played on the band’s legendary England World Cup song, World In Motion, in 1990 – was in Airtight recording studios in Chorlton this week putting his stamp on a new football anthem for Manchester United to lift fans whose spirits have been dampened by the takeover.

He said: “This track is for the fans. The Glazers are business men, it’s important to give them a chance but it’s really important that they know that it’s the fans from Manchester and Salford that make the club and without the fans they would be nothing.

“I grew up in the shadow of Old Trafford in Ordsall. United is very important to me, it goes all the way through. It becomes very emotional when people think they are going to lose something they’ve always had so it’s nice to be able to do something and I think that the track will stand up for itself.”

The track is a cheery, catchy song and Hook said: “I’ve hardly had any sleep to get here on time, but when James rang and told me about it I wanted to get involved,” he says.

“This song is all about the real fans and it would be great to get them chanting in the ground.”

James joked: “We don’t hope that by releasing the single that we will change the Glazer’s position, but who knows, if we sell 500 million copies we could buy the Stretford End.”

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 2nd, 2005  


Work by NEW ORDER’s sleeve designer is set to appear all over LONDON – and fans can take it home for free.

Around 500 guitar cut outs designed by Peter Saville will be left across the capital to promote the launch of new hand-held game and music consol the Sony PSP, and they can be taken home by those who find them.

In additional, 50 of the cut-outs will be signed by Saville, while a further 20 have been customised by up and coming British artists.

Saville is famous for designing all of New Orders sleeves, including the floppy disc cover for the ’Blue Monday’ 12” single, as well as creating album sleeves for the likes of Suede and Pulp.

The guitar cut-outs will appear on London’s streets between July 21 and August 1.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) July 1st, 2005  
More exclusive info on Peter Hook project "Freebass":

I met up with Matt Clayson ( singer of Peter Hook side project "Freebass" ( featuring Mani (Primal Scream and ex Stone Roses) and Andy Rourke (ex The Smiths)) backstage at New Order Hyde park concert:

"The last bit of Freebass recording was in July last year and we have gotten to the stage where I have sang on around 10 out of 18 demo tracks.  All of the tracks were previously recorded by Hooky, Mani and Rourkey and it was up to me to come up with melodies and lyrics.

"For me this was really tough as I wasn’t there when the songs were being written and as most of them are a series of ideas mashed together some of them lack the usual structure.  With my background of verse / chorus songs it was a steep learning curve for me.  All of the songs and ideas so far though are really different to anything around at the moment and sound great."

Hooky mentioned to me that his side project is very much alive and will be able to concentrate on it as soon as NEW ORDER have wrapped up this year’s work!!

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 29th, 2005  
Rhino will be releasing a DVD compilation of all New Order videos

The track listing for the upcoming New Order DVD:

The Perfect Kiss
State of the Nation
Bizarre Love Triangle
True Faith
Touched By The Hand Of God
Blue Monday ‘88
Fine Time
Round & Round
World In Motion
Ruined In A Day
60 Miles An Hour
Here To Stay
Waiting For The Sirens’ Call

Round & Round – USA/Patty
Regret – Baywatch
Crystal – Gina Birch version

Temptation (from 3.16)

Ceremony (dir. by Yu Likwai)
Temptation (dir. by Michael H. Shamberg)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 26th, 2005  

"The more I have been asked to do this, the more I think that it is wrong what Glazer has done by taking Manchester United from being one of the richest clubs to being £400m in debt. The club has been bought, but it's the fans who have been sold out."

In The M.E.N.:

Many have talked about it, but I hear that New Order's Peter Hook and Salford band Hanky Park are taking the lead in launching a musical protest against Malcolm Glazer's takeover of Manchester United.

Hooky is to produce an anti-Glazer single using the music from one of Hanky Park's tracks, Come On, with new lyrics written by lead singer James Davenport and their manager Ed Blaney.

"Come On is a big anthem song and everyone has been saying that it would be an ideal tune for a football song," James tells me. "Lots of people have talked about recording a protest song or holding an event, but nothing has been done yet.

"The more I have been asked to do this, the more I think that it is wrong what Glazer has done by taking Manchester United from being one of the richest clubs to being £400m in debt. The club has been bought, but it's the fans who have been sold out."

I'm told that the new song will include the old chant: "We'll never die, we'll never die, we'll keep the red flag flying high."

James, whose band also recently recorded a cover version of the Joy Division classic, Love Will Tear Us Apart, with the help of Hooky, says that as well as producing the track the bass-player will also feature on it. There are many other celebrity United fans, including Will Mellor, boxer Jamie Moore and Terry Christian also lining up to be heard on the track.

And James is hoping to get even more familiar faces down to the recording on July 4 and 5.

"We want some Coronation Street United fans to come on board now," he adds.

"There are loads of the cast who support United so it would be great if they would be on the track."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 25th, 2005  


SCISSOR SISTER ANA MATRONIC joined NEW ORDER onstage at GLASTONBURY during a stirring PYRAMID STAGE performance tonight (June 25).

The legendary band, winners of this year’s Godlike Genius gong at the ShockWaves NME Awards, were joined by the singer for recent single ’Jetstream’.

Singer Bernard Sumner earlier told NME.COM: “She came over for this. She looks glamorous, but she’s got wellies on!”

He also revealed the band had planned to play ’Crystal’ with The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers but it fell through.

New Order, making their first Glastonbury appearance since 1987, performed a greatest hits set, including a smattering of Joy Division classics such as ’Transmission’ and ’Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

During set-closer ’World In Motion’ actor Keith Allen performed the rap which on record is done by footballer John Barnes, and there was pantomime horse onstage too!

The set was:

  • ’Crystal’
  • ’Regret’
  • ’Love Vigilantes’
  • ’Krafty’
  • ’Transmission’ (dedicated to Ian Curtis)
  • ’True Faith’
  • ’Run Wild’
  • ’Jetstream’
  • ’Waiting for The Sirens’ Call’
  • ’Bizarre Love Triangle’
  • ’Love Will Tear Us Apart’ (dedicated to John Peel)
  • ’Temptation’
  • ’World In Motion’

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 25th, 2005  
Great news from New Order management:

Between the soundcheck and the concert, I sat down with New Order management (Andrew Robinson and Rebecca Boulton) to talk about what will be happening in a close future for New Order.

  • As expected "Waiting for the siren's call" is the next single, expect a release date early August 2005.
  • Rhino will be releasing a DVD compilation of all New Order videos, expect two new video from old songs (Ceremony and Temptation) directed by Michael Shamberg. Expect a release date mid September 2005. Sleeve will be done as always by Peter Saville.
  • New Order did film the show in New York during their mini US tour 2005, Hyde Park yesterday was filmed as well. There is some possible plan for a DVD release of those two shows later in the year, an indoor and outdoor event.
  • No live date are expected after July 31st.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 25th, 2005  
Hyde Park Report:

Hyde Park, London (Friday, 24 June 05)

New Order was on top form managing some technical problems, They stormed Hyde Park escaping some expected heavy rain. New Order was on stage from 20h45 to 22h15. Moby was on just before as a support act.

During the soundcheck early yesterday, New Order played "Everything Gone Green" and "World In Motion". Those two songs were included on the set list but were never played and replaced by "Atmosphere" and "She's Lost Control". Over 20,000 fans were at Hyde Park singing along New Order songs, beside an expected thunderstorm evening.

This is the set list:

Crystal / Regret / Love Vigilantes / Krafty / True Faith / Transmission Run Wild / Jetstream / Waiting For The Sirens Call / BLT LWTUA / Temptation / She's Lost Control (Encore) / Atmosphere (Encore) / Blue Monday (Encore)

Some Pix from the soundcheck:


Some Moby Pix:

New Order Pix:

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 14th, 2005  

Glastonbury Festival

Can't go to Glastonbury this year? Fear not, for you can watch New Order's full performance from the festival for free in the comfort of your own computer chair. All you'll need is a broadband connection and a copy of Windows Media Player and it'll be just like you're there, only minus the mud and 100,000 other people. But then again, they'd all make a mess of your living room anyway!

Watch at http://glastonbury.playlouder.com where the exact webcast times will announced shortly.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 15th, 2005  


U2 have opened the UK leg of their ’VERTIGO’ world tour in MANCHESTER.

The band, who toured extensively across North America earlier this year in support of their current album ’How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’, played the first of two sold-out nights at the City Of Manchester Stadium (June 14).

Beginning and ending with recent Number One ‘Vertigo’, the band played a hit-packed set that took in current album ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’, was heavy on tracks from their debut album ‘Boy’ and climaxed with an encore that concentrated on 1991 album ‘Achtung Baby’.

Before ‘Miracle Drug’ the singer paid tribute to the city’s scientific legacy (the first computer was built in the city) and at the end of ‘With Or Without You’ he sang excerpts from Joy Division’s ‘Transmission’ and ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ - as bassist Peter Hook stood and watched.

After the show, Bono told NME.COM: “It was a strange and overwhelming feeling to be back in Manchester and so exposed, because we went out with the sun still up. Rock stars like proper darkness, let’s be honest. Rock stars like to stand in front, behind, on top of or underneath large video screens. So to stand there in such a stripped-down way, play songs from our first album and it feel so right and feel so now, and all the magic going off; that was good.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 14th, 2005  
Peter Hook and his Auntie Jean will be will be appearing on Salford Community Radio from 5-7pm GMT on the 16th of June, they'll be talking about the local area and Peter will be providing the music. This radio station is broadcasting for one month only as part of a current community initiative in the Salford area.

Plenty of New Order tomorrow night on the Alternative Show with DJ Fez, 7-9 pm, check it out.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 09th, 2005  

Control: The Ian Curtis film

Producers : Todd Eckert and Orian Willians.
Co-Producers : Deborah Curtis and Tony Wilson
Writer : Matt Greenhalgh
Director : Anton Corbijn

Some update from the producers: Polished Draft of the film script are on the way to key people. The producers couple weeks ago met with New Order and Co at The Farm (New Order studio) to go through the script. Peter Hook mentioned on last week show Later...With Jools Holland that the script was great. Lead roles are currently being cast. The music for the film will have an original score and Joy Division songs will be released as "In Control" and the associated record (not a soundtrack, really) will be "Out Of Control" Bands like Doves, Elbow, Mogwai and Autolux have been approached.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 08th, 2005  

New Order’s “Jetstream” Flies to American Clubs

MIAMI (4 March 2005) – New Order’s second single “Jetstream” from their new album “Waiting for the Siren’s Call” hits American record stores on July 12th, in the meantime the band’s legendary producer, Arthur Baker, flanked by some of today’s best DJs will treat lucky club revellers to rare remixes of the track along with a gamut of other New Order, indie and dance hits. 

Arthur Baker's Return to New York (RTNY) extravaganza has been a sensation ever since their first event back in 2000 with instantly successful electro-themed nights at the plush Great Eastern Hotel. Return To New York has brought DJs and live acts including the amazing Tom Tom Club, Junior Vasquez, Mark Ronson, Mantronik, Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) DJs Are Not Rock Stars Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode). “Our audience is definitely electro; the whole idea of RTNY was to present a tribute to the past and the future, bringing in legends alongside new names.” Explains Baker.

Return to New York made a lasting impression in America at the 2005 Winter Music Conference in Miami this past March when Arthur Baker and New Order trusted Miami-based event company Off the Menu Entertainment with the RTNY brand to promote New Order’s new hotly anticipated album, “WAITING FOR THE SIRENS’ CALL”. Off the Menu created a unique RTNY DJ night at club Mansion that featured Baker and New Order’s charismatic bassist Peter Hook, spinning never-heard-before track from the new album along with big names like DJ Dan, Tommie Sunshine and Junior Sanchez in front of over two thousand New Order fans on South Beach.

Off the Menu along with RTNY’s title sponsor Virgin Atlantic Airways is now taking the party on the road to promote the July 12th single release of New Order’s “Jetstream”  -  “The song is uplifting and the aviation theme is undeniable so the RTNY Jetstream tour is a perfect fit for our sponsor Virgin Atlantic, plus our talent coming from the UK refuse to fly any other airline!” Explains Roger Williams, Managing Partner for Off the Menu and affiliated consultancy Airline Information. 

The RTNY Jetstream DJ tour takes off in club Avalon Hollywood in LA on Thursday June 16, when Arthur Baker will be joined by Mount Sims and Her Boy Star. Baker then jets to his home town of Boston on June 17th where RTNY will be hosted at the other club Avalon and Princess Superstar and Tommie Sunshine will come aboard to showcase their Jetstream remixes. New York is the third stop on the tour where RTNY will be “the thing to do” on Saturday night June 18th at club Don Hills; Tommie Sunshine, Nick Marc, Alex English join Arthur Baker. After New York, the RTNY Jetstream tour will head west again and wrap up in Cleveland at Club Metropolis, Sunday June 19, featuring Arthur Baker, Doc Martin, and Tommie Sunshine.

Rejecting the obvious has always been New Order’s technique: in their 28-year career, they’ve changed the face of pop music on more than one occasion. As Joy Division, they ripped up rock’s rule book by making music that was heavy and subtle, glacial, yet full of lament: “Love Will Tear Us Apart” has just been chosen as one of The Brits 25 best songs ever written. Then, as New Order, they were light years ahead of the dance scene with the world’s best-ever-selling 12” single “Blue Monday”, before bringing Manchester to the masses with the platinum-selling album “Technique”.  As an aside, they made the only cool football anthem ever made, “World In Motion” – it went to Number One – as well as having hits with various side projects such as Electronic, Monaco and The Other Two.

June 16th Avalon LA

Arthur Baker
Mount Simms
Her Boy Star

June 17th Avalon Boston

Arthur Baker
Tommie Sunshine
Princess Superstar

June 18th Don Hills NYC

Arthur Baker
Tommie Sunshine

June 19th Metropolis Cleveland

Arthur Baker
Doc Martin
Tommie Sunshine
Princess Superstar

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 07th, 2005  

Exams juggle for top band's video

A teenager from Bridgend is juggling his GCSEs with a starring role in a music video for rock band New Order.

Nathan Stadden will play the lead role in the video

Nathan Stadden, 16, a pupil at Ynysawdre School in Tondu, was selected for the leading role in the video by the rock band.

But the two-day shoot had to be carefully arranged so the teenager could sit his exams.

The video will also feature four other youngsters from the area alongside the band's members.

Shooting for the video will take place on Wednesday and Thursday but is being worked around Nathan's exam schedule.

"I've got a history exam on Thursday but luckily it has all been arranged to fit in," said the schoolboy.

"I'm so chuffed to be in it because there were about a hundred who auditioned for the part.

"When I got offered it, I didn't know if I would be able to do it because of the exams but they have worked around the timetable so I can."

Nathan was chosen for the lead role in the video and will see him being chased around various locations in south Wales including Pontypridd, Southerndown and Port Talbot.

He is being joined by four other members of Bridgend Youth Theatre, Daniel Evans from Blaengarw, Maya Grant from Pencoed, Emma Davies from Maesteg, and Helen Davies from Bridgend.

Director of theatre Roger Burnell will play a security guard chasing them along with some of the band members.

"It is fantastic that the youngsters from Bridgend were chosen for the video," said Mr Burnell.

"I think they wanted youngsters who showed an honesty and down-to-earth grittiness.

"And it gives me a lot of pride that they were chosen from Bridgend.

New Order formed after the death of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis

"Nathan has got his exams, but we are working around that because we have got to make sure that he feels as comfortable as possible."

New Order have been together since the early 1980s and are recognised as one of Britain's most influential and acclaimed bands.

Emerging from the ashes of Manchester legends Joy Division, they merged dance music with rock, recorded Blue Monday - the biggest selling 12-inch single in history - and have released a string of groundbreaking albums.

But they are not the only band to have links with the Bridgend Youth Theatre.

One of the members of Newport rappers Goldie Lookin' Chain, Matthew Fletcher Jones, has penned a script for a short film set in a toilet of a nightclub.

Youngsters from the theatre group will be shooting the film in August.

(Thanks to Bob T at the BBC for the link)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 06th, 2005  

The Work of Director Anton Corbijn

(Release September 13, 2005)

Music Videos
Propaganda - Dr. Mabuse
David Sylvian - Red Guitar
Echo and The Bunnymen - Seven Seas
Golden Earring - Quiet Eyes
Echo and The Bunnymen - The Game
Depeche Mode - Behind the Wheel
Joy Division - Atmosphere
Joni Mitchell with Peter Gabriel - My Secret Place
Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence
U2 - One (director’s cut)
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Straight to You
Depeche Mode - Walking in My Shoes
Nirvana Heart - Shaped Box
Henry Rollins - Liar
Metallica - Hero of the Day
Metallica - Mama Said
Depeche Mode - Barrel of a Gun
Depeche Mode - It’s No Good
Herberg Grönemeyer - Bleibt Alles Anders
Mercury Rev - Opus 40
Mercury Rev - Goddess on a Hiway
Joseph Arthur - In the Sun
Herberg Grönemeyer - Mensch
U2 - Electrical Storm
Travis - Re-Offender
The Killers - All the Things That I’ve Done

Beck and Dave Grohl - MTV Promos
U2 - The making of ‘Electrical Storm’

Some YoYo Stuff - Excerpt from a film about Don van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart

Travis - Love Will Come Through (A home made video with Fran Healy)

Depeche Mode - ‘It’s No Good’ tour projections

Palais Schaumberg - Hockey (Anton’s first music video)

Front 242 - Front by Front

NotNa - A documentary about Anton

Interviews and Commentaries
With U2, Depeche Mode, Travis, Samantha Morton, Metallica, Nick Cave, Echo and The Bunnymen, Mercury Rev, New Order, Joseph Arthur, Kurt Cobain, Herbert Grönemeyer , and others.

56 Page Book
Includes Anton’s photos and drawings.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 03rd, 2005  
Warner US:

Upcoming New Order US Releases

New Order - Best Remixes (digital) – Release June 21st

01. JETSTREAM - Richard X Remix (7:36)
02. KRAFTY - DJ Dan Vocal
03. CRYSTAL - John Creamer & Stephane K Main Mix (11:25)
04. SPOOKY - Out of Order Mix (6:19)
05. WORLD - The Perfecto Mix (7:33)
06. RUINED IN A DAY - Reunited in a Day Remix (6:14)
07. REGRET - New Order Mix (5:10)
08. WORLD IN MOTION - Carabinieri Mix (5:52)
09. ROUND & ROUND - 12" Version (6:50)
10. FINE TIME - Silk Mix (6:15)
11. BLUE MONDAY - Blue Monday 1988 12" Mix (7:09)
12. TRUE FAITH - The Morning Sun Extended Remix (8:59)
13. BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE - Shep's Extended Dance (6:41)
14. STATE OF THE NATION - (6:31)
15. THE PERFECT KISS - Live Version from the Perfect Kiss Video (5:18)
16. HERE TO STAY - Felix Da Housecat Mix: Extended Glitz Mix (8:09)

Jetstream Maxi (digital) – Release June 28th

1. Jetstream - Radio Edit 3:42
2. Jetstream – Richard X Remix Edit 3:34
3. Jetstream - Jaques Lu Cont Mix 8:21
4. Jetstream - Richard X Remix 7:36
5. Jetstream - Arthur Baker Remix 7:00
6. Jetstream - Tom Neville 7:30
7. Jetstream - Pete Heller 9:01
8. Krafty - Passengerz Remix 7:43
9. Krafty - DJ Dan Dub 8:12

Jetstream Maxi CD – Release July 12th

1. Jetstream - Radio Edit 3:42
2. Jetstream - Jaques Lu Cont Mix 8:21
3. Jetstream - Richard X Remix 7:36
4. Jetstream - Arthur Baker Remix 7:00
5. Jetstream - Tom Neville 7:30
6. Jetstream - Pete Heller 9:01
7. Krafty - Passengerz Remix 7:43
8. Krafty - DJ Dan Dub 8:12

Jetstream Vinyl Maxi – Release July 12th

Side A
Jetstream - Jaques Lu Cont Mix 8:21
Jetstream - Tom Neville Remix Dub 6:37

Side B
Jetstream - Richard X Remix 7:36
Krafty - Passengerz Remix7:43

Side C
Jetstream - Arthur Baker Remix 7:00
Jetstream - Tom Neville Mix 7:30

Side D
Jetstream - Pete Heller 9:01

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) June 1st, 2005  

“LOVE'S SHATTERED PRIDE: A Tribute To Joy Division & New Order”
Failure To Communicate Records
Produced for release by Sheriff Scabs
Project Run Time: 64:35

1. Extropy – “Heart and Soul”
2. Audra – “Walked In Line”
3.In The Nursery – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
4.The Brides – “The Drawback”
5.Unto Ashes – “The Him”
6.Juiter Blue – “Regret”
7.Sheriff Scabs– “Love Vigilantes”
8. Ahab Rex and The Fourteens – “Crystal”
9. Neologos – “24 Hours”
10. Nerve Exhibit – “New Dawn Fades”
11. Hearts Fail– “Decades”
12. Theatre of The Absurd – “Ice Age”
13. Kolar – “Ceremony”
14. BlackCycle – “Blue Monday”

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 29th, 2005  
Later...With Jools Holland:

Friday 3rd June 2005, BBC2, 11.35pm

The Coral, New Order, Rufus Wainwright & Faith Evans are among the guests on this week's show

New Order
One of the most consistent and powerful bands this country has ever produced. They formed out of the ashes of Joy Division in 1981 and haven't looked back since. They'll be performing tracks from their latest album 'Waiting For The Sirens Call' and a classic Joy Division song.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 24th , 2005  
Return To New York:

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movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 19th , 2005  

X-clusive: New Order Complete NEXT Album

Despite having only recently returned to the furore, New Order have told Xfm that the follow-up to ‘Waiting For The Siren’s Call’ is already complete and discussed how their collaboration with Scissor Sister Ana Matronic came about.

Peter Hook and Stephen Morris of New Order and Scissor Sister Ana Matronic dropped in Xfm for a chat with Lauren Laverne last week and addressed reports that their new record is already in the can (not that you heard that from us, mind).

“That’s a secret!” exclaimed bass player Hook when aksed if the rumours wrer true, “To be honest, it’s very unusual for us to be that prolific. Every time you ‘come back’ the first question people ask is always, ‘So why did it take so long?’, so I think we thought by doing two at the same time interviewers would be scuppered for their first question.

“It was nice because at the end the ideas just came very quickly, but then we had so many ideas and Bernard [Sumner, vocalist] wouldn’t let any of em go. We’re used to him making our lives a misery, but he made us finish em all.”

“So we ended up with so many tracks we couldn’t choose between them because they all sounded like A-sides,” Morris continued. “In the end we just tried to make the record run smoothly.”

Ana Matronic and the New Order pair also spoke about how the collaboration on their new single ‘Jetstream’ came about.

“When we were recording ‘Jetstream’ in the studio, we were quite happy with it. But one of our esteemed colleagues at Warner Brothers felt there was something missing and that Ana could add that something.

“And we thought, ‘You what? The Scissor Sisters? Are You Joking?’ And low and behold as it came to pass, she did. And me and Stephen are great believers in people having part time jobs, something to fall back on. I’ve got a milk round,” Hook jokes. “And I’m in plumbing,” Morris adds…

At this point conversation turned to plumbing, mending Lauren’s broken boiler and general vocational employment-related double entendre. However, when conversation returned to the single, Ana explained,

“And so I got a cryptic email that said ‘Is Ana a New Order fan’ and so I wrote back a simple ‘Well, duh!’ And then about a week later I got a call to lend my vocals to the track. It was very nerve wracking at first I thought I’d have to be in the studio with the band, but I had a great few days recording with Steve Price.

“In fact, Scissor Sisters’ first tour of the UK was as support act for Steve's band Zoot Woman, so we’re pretty friendly and we had fun. But last week was only the first time we’ve performed the track together live at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. I’m still deciding whether to join the guys for the festivals. I may come along for Glastonbury...”

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 18th , 2005  
Hooky & Ian:

IAN CURTIS 1956 - 1980

Ian Curtis - Gone but not forgotten

It was 25 years ago today that IAN CURTIS ended his life, aged 23.

The driving force behind Joy Division's dark vision, he hanged himself in his Macclesfield home as the band rested between a European and American tour. Iggy Pop's 'The Idiot' was found on his turntable alongside a note which read "at this very moment, I wish I were dead. I just can't cope anymore".

Joy Division ceased to be - they had always said they would draw a line beneath the band if any member left. The three remaining members( Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris) regrouped as New Order during early 1981 (Morris’ girlfriend Gillian Gilbert joined on keyboards) and continue to enjoy commercial success and critical acclaim.

In March 2005 I had the rare privilege to pay tribute to Ian Curtis with no other than Peter Hook. For those who never been to Macclesfield, UK to visit Ian Curtis grave, Some Pictures for you.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 17th , 2005  

Here comes the 80s: Too bad about the hair By MIKE DOHERTY

In a way, the music of the 1980s has never left us. Like the albatross around the neck of Coleridge's Ancient Mariner, or the pastel-pink sweater draped over the shoulders of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's nerdy counterpart Carlton Banks, it's well-nigh impossible to shake off. During the nineties, we were supposed to appreciate it only ironically, looking back under arched eyebrows to a time when pop culture seemed less self-conscious, more wrapped up in its false sense of innocence. Now, the decade's pop, in all its earnest tunefulness and once-futuristic, synthesizer-soaked grandeur, is making an unmistakable resurgence.

For the past few years, the most influential band in the world was arguably Joy Division: the post-punk movement spearheaded by the late Ian Curtis and his Mancunian mates in the late seventies gave rise to a whole wave of frenetically funky groups with stripped-down sounds. Now, it would seem New Order, the more accessible band formed in the wake of Curtis's suicide, is in the ascendant. The group's 1983 single Blue Monday was originally designed as a test for its new drum machines, but it became a huge club hit that cemented the band's cross-pollination of indie rock and technology-driven dance music. This hybrid has had a huge impact on a current crop bands. Yet New Order have always tended to be temperamentally out of step. They're enigmatic, wry and experimental -- qualities that haven't been embraced by many bands following in their wake.

Take the Killers, for instance. The Las Vegas act, who have sold nearly three-million copies of last year's debut album Hot Fuss worldwide, named themselves after a group of models miming the song Crystal in a New Order video, a spot-on parody of overly image-conscious acts. In the band's bio, singer Brandon Flowers says, "It gave me the ambition that our actual band should be as perfect as their fictional band," apparently oblivious to the video's irony. Their 1980s-revival rivals and Island Records label-mates, the Bravery, rose to fame this year with their debut single, An Honest Mistake, which sounds like Blue Monday being given a makeover by a straight-faced, testosterone-fuelled bar band. This past weekend, both bands shared the bill and presumably continued their war of words (the Killers claim they rediscovered the 1980s first; the Bravery claim they scare the Killers) at KROQ's aptly named concert "Weenie Roast" in Los Angeles.

Then there's the more artistically minded Bloc Party, whose music seems to rest somewhere between late Joy Division and early New Order, with a dose of the Cure thrown in; listen to New Order bassist Peter Hook, and he'll tell you how much Robert Smith's gloom-pop purveyors borrowed from his own band to begin with. Hot on the heels of all the above are such bands as Battle, Editors and Apartment, recently featured in an NME magazine story about the "brightest young indie bands" who "are using the music of New Order and Joy Division as a blueprint for their sound."

And what does New Order make of all this? Speaking from Oakland, Calif., last month just before his band's first concert in three years, Hook told The Globe and Mail, "It's an impossible situation to sit there and think: 'Oh, let's do a band that influences people.' People thank you all the time -- it's very embarrassing. You don't need thanks. My God, I've had a fantastic time being in this group; I've had a fantastic time being a musician. And really, people buying your records, most of the time, is thanks enough."

Surely, however, both go hand in hand. Plaudits from younger bands, as well as Gwen Stefani, who borrowed Hook and singer Bernard Sumner for a track on her solo debut, have helped bring New Order into the spotlight they relinquished after going on a rather acrimonious hiatus in 1993. Their 2001 comeback album, Get Ready, was a hard-hitting and vibrant album, but it was largely overlooked; this year's Waiting for the Sirens' Call, has garnered much more attention.

When they were recording Get Ready, Hook recalls feeling "a bit of pressure on us to be different. Our idea of returning was to try to either look back to Joy Division and be simpler, more straightforward, or to look forward to how we'd be without keyboards or synthesizers. I think unduly we were worried, because when we came back, everyone just wanted us to be New Order. This time, we felt more like we had carte blanche to do what we like, really -- to just be ourselves."

It seems, now, that New Order are making the right music at the right time. But is there any cultural reason for the recent popularity of their sound? Hook demurs. "I prefer to think that music is cyclic," he says. "I agree with Tony Wilson from [New Order's 1980s label] Factory; he said that you've heard it all before. If you look at the way The Rolling Stones started recycling blues music, it's the same thing. It's not just happening now with eighties music; it's happened right the way through. The clothes weren't great, were they? The hairstyles certainly weren't great from the photos I've seen of meself! God knows it can't be bloody cultural, can it?"

Even Joy Division, a band so singular they seemed to have sprung fully formed from the head of their lead singer, were part of a musical cycle; Hook remembers when people started comparing his early band to The Doors. "Ian used to say to Bernard and I that we did sound like The Doors. We were going, 'Who are The Doors?' He gave us some Doors LPs, and lo and behold, we did like The Doors! We actually started playing Riders on the Storm as Joy Division, as a joke. Nobody noticed!"

In the latest musical cycle, other acts who found fame in the eighties are being referenced by newer bands. Also influential -- for better or worse -- are the likes of Erasure (on New York state's Elkland), Rick Springfield (New York City's Action Action), The Knack (Vancouver's Hot Hot Heat), Talking Heads (Montreal's The Arcade Fire), and synth pioneers Kraftwerk, whose 1970s work influenced New Order and whose 1981 single Computer Love is interpolated by Coldplay into their new song Talk.

But while the gazillion-selling Coldplay have changed the oddball song about a "data date" into an earnest, inspirational track, New Order have celebrated Kraftwerk as being everything Bernard Sumner wanted his band to be: "rhythmic, abstract, aesthetic, arty, [screwed]-up and with a sense of humour," as he told Uncut magazine.

Add hedonistic to the list, and you have a good description of the multidimensional band who called a video of a 1985 performance in Japan Pumped Full of Drugs. These days, according to Hook, New Order have slowed down. "As you get older," he admits, "you physically can't do it [drugs]. A lot of people I know that went through the eighties mentally can't do it. As with anything, it's only experience that teaches you the things you can and can't do. We act pretty much the same as a bunch of 49-year-olds would. They do it once a month, don't they, or once every couple of months, or just at Christmas. You have to leave all the madness to the 25-year-olds, who'll be saying exactly what we said in 25 years."

But where will this hedonism come from? Chris Martin is an avowed teetotaller, while The Killer's Flowers is a strict Mormon. Perhaps, in the end, a dose of unashamedly melodic eighties pop is all the escape anyone really needs.

For now, New Order are no longer looking back. Hook says they've got a selection of killer tracks left over from the Sirens' Call sessions; he's keen to put paid to at least one long-held truism about his band: its notoriously slow work rate. "Our idea," he says, "is to finish up the tracks at the end of the year and get another LP out next year. So nobody will be able to call us 'The Old New Order.' "

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 11th , 2005  

New Order's Bernard Sumner
Five Ways To Know If Your Studio Is Haunted

1. It feels like some ancient vampire abode.
St. Catherine’s Court (pictured above), the home/recording studio owned by actress Jane Seymour, is a rambling restored manor from the 1300s outside the British town of Bath. “So we called it Dracula’s Castle,” says Bernard Sumner, singer for Manchester technopop combo New Order. He even christened a punky dance track with the same name for New Order’s new return to “Blue Monday”-ish form, Waiting For The Siren’s Call.

2. You can’t blow out the candles until the creaking noises stop.
Because Sumner often had a hard time sleeping, he regularly decamped to St. Catherine’s oak-paneled, candlelit writing room after midnight. He soon discovered his cozy nook had once been used as a criminal-sentencing court. Not the best news, he sighs, “when you’re up late on your own and everyone else has gone to bed.” Then one night he heard the floorboards creaking. The chamber door gently swung open. Slowly, Sumner turned around to face … “only Andy, our manager, who’s also nocturnal.”

3. You have to watch the portraits, since they’re already watching you.
There was a painting in the bedroom of drummer Stephen Morris, depicting a stoic Elizabethan couple. The rest of the suite was adorned with mirrors. “And one day he said to me ‘Watch this—lie on the bed and look in the mirrors!’” Sumner adds. “And when you looked in the mirrors, you could see that couple’s reflection in every single one. That really freaked us out.”

4. You don’t dare touch the baby.
Next to Morris’s bed was a crib, with a date from the 1600s carved into it. Inside it was a baby rag doll and another antique painting, this one of a young girl. Sumner kidded his bandmate about the crib, then reached for the doll, only to hear Morris scream, “Don’t touch the baby!” Turns out that in the ’60s, workers were removing wall panels when a baby’s skeleton fell out. The child had been the result of a clandestine affair in the 1600s between the daughter of the owners and the gardener. “So if you move the baby out of the crib, or take the portrait out,” Sumner shivers, “something bad happens.”

5. You try to shrug off the spine-tingling echo.
During his entire stay at St. Catherine’s Sumner swears he could “just … feel something.” Perhaps that had something to do with the spine-tingling echo reverberating from the Siren sessions? No, that’s just the sound, Sumner shrugs, of countless copycat bands, aping the New Order sound for a new New Wave movement. But that doesn’t really scare him. “Even in our Joy Division days, we had our heroes and we were influenced by them, like Kraftwerk or Iggy Pop,” he admits. “…I do think it’s an honor to have so many of these groups cite us as an influence.”

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 10th , 2005  
6 Music:


A special event in Manchester and on air to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis.

Joy Division montage

6 Music takes over the BBC's Big Screen in Exchange Square, Manchester at 1900 to mark this special anniversary. This is a free and ticketless event and all are welcome. There will be rare footage of Joy Division performances released by Factory Records such as the little seen Here Are The Young Men video and 1979 Manchester Apollo performances.
Plus there will be a screening of a 1988 documentary which looks at the legacy of Joy Division and the effect Ian's death had on the remainder of the band who went on to form New Order; with interviews from Alan Erasmus, Tony Wilson, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Steve Morris, Paul Morley and their late manager Rob Gretton.

We will also be remembering the life of Ian Curtis on air throughout 18 May:
Gideon on Breakfast - 0700-1000 
Featuring an interview with Factory's Tony Wilson.

Andrew Collins (in for Gideon) - 1000-1300
Featuring Peel sessions of Joy Division.

Vic McGlynn 1300-1600
Featuring interesting covers of Joy Division classics.

Steve Lamacq 1600-1900
Featuring an interview with Anton Corbijn.

Despite his short life Ian Curtis left an indelible mark on British music, this event gives us an opportunity to remember and relive those meaningful times.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 8th , 2005  

Hear his song

Twenty five years after its release, Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' remains a classic, reflecting the short, chaotic life of its writer, Ian Curtis

Sean O'Hagan
Sunday May 8, 2005

The only time I saw Joy Division, Ian Curtis collapsed on stage during the fifth song and the set ended abruptly amid confusion and conjecture. The venue was the Moonlight Club in north London; the date 4 April 1980, the final night of an Easter weekend showcase for Manchester's Factory Records. Joy Division played only five more gigs. In the early hours of 18 May, Ian Curtis hanged himself, brought low by guilt, illness and acute depression.

That chaotic show remains one of the most powerfully intense performances I have ever witnessed, not least because Curtis seemed to have danced himself into oblivion, body twitching like a marionette, eyes staring straight ahead, as he careered backwards into the drum kit and was carried off stage, looking dazed, drained and disoriented. In the previous few years, after punk had galvanised a moribund live music scene, I had seen my share of raw and confrontational gigs, but this was something else. It was as if the small audience had witnessed something almost too real, a music so dark and visceral, so bottomless in its sense of despair, that it seemed to have literally debilitated its main creator.

The truth was more prosaic, but no less disturbing. Curtis, who suffered from epilepsy, had passed out on stage at least twice before. That night, the group had played an earlier show at London's Rainbow, where the strobe lighting had caused Curtis to have a seizure during the final song. Years later, his fellow group member, Bernard Sumner, who took over vocal duties when Joy Division mutated into New Order, said: 'When I look back now, we did some gigs we shouldn't have fucking done... we did the Moonlight and he was really ill and he did the gig. That was really stupid.'

Twenty-five years later, Joy Division is the name to drop, and the post-punk years, which stretch roughly from early 1978, when Joy Division played their first show, to November 1981, when New Order's debut album was released, is the genre that has seemingly influenced everyone from Franz Ferdinand to Bloc Party and beyond. A biopic of Ian Curtis is in pre-production, directed by photographer Anton Corbijn and co-produced by Curtis's widow, Deborah, and his erstwhile record label boss, Anthony H Wilson. The myth of Ian Curtis looks set to blossom afresh, and one song, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', looks set to remain his enduring legacy. Released just after Curtis's death, it became his epitaph, its title engraved on his headstone, the lyrics expressing all the torment of his final months

'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is a delineation in three verses of a relationship's protracted death throes. The song's peculiar and still singular dynamic has much to do with the way Curtis's deep and plaintive voice is set against the propulsive, descending, electronic melody. But for all its glacial modernity, it has often struck me that it is, in essence, an old-fashioned ballad of lost love. Slowed down, and tied to an acoustic setting, it could almost be a traditional folk song, albeit of the stark and unflinching kind. This, I suspect, is an often overlooked part of its enduring power; it touches us in that direct and deep way great folk songs do.

When I first heard 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', it had that feel of something groundbreaking. It sounded confusing in the way truly great pop songs often do, almost maudlin, almost pop or, at least, more pop-oriented than anything Joy Division had done before, with the possible exception of their anthemic single 'Transmission'. Much of this is to do with what writer and broadcaster Paul Morley calls 'Curtis's almost crooning, old-fashioned pop delivery', which he employs here but nowhere else.

In his thought-provoking study of post punk, Rip It up And Start Again, pop critic Simon Reynolds makes a similar observation, capturing the song's particular dynamic wonderfully when he writes: 'Curtis's crooning vocal, Peter Hook's bass and Sumner's keyboard trace in unison the same, shy, crestfallen melody, while Stephen Morris's drumming skitters with feathery unrest.'

As Reynolds points out, the post-punk years, which coincided with the entrenchment of Thatcherism, were characterised musically by 'a mood blend of anticipation and anxiety, a mania for all things new and futuristic coupled with a fear of what the future had in store'. If any one group caught that mood, it was Joy Division, whose music was dark and despairing, but whose sound seemed thrilling in its ice-cold, technological thrust.

Produced by the late wayward genius Martin Hannett, released on the intriguingly named Factory Records and clothed in gothic sleeve imagery courtesy of graphic designer Peter Saville, Joy Division's music summoned up the sound of an uncertain future, looming and ominous.

Listening again to both their albums, Unknown Pleasures (1979) and, particularly, Closer (1980), I am taken aback by how relentlessly gloomy the songs are. It is as if Curtis has absorbed all his influences - Ballard, Bergman, Gogol, Herzog - and channelled their bleakest visions into songs such as 'Dead Souls', 'New Dawn Fades' and 'Decades'. The group responded in kind, elevating the heavy thump of Hook's bass guitar almost to a lead instrument, pummelling and propulsive, while Stephen Morris's drumming style sounded almost regimental and Sumner's guitar added abrasive shards of dissonance.

Curtis did not possess a pop voice, and on the likes of 'Decades', when he sings: 'Here are the young men, the weight on their shoulders', he sounds like a stentorian poet laureate addressing the dead of the two world wars. Neither, as songs such as 'Isolation' and 'Atrocity Exhibition' show, did he evince a pop sensibility.

His lyrics on the page often seem melodramatic and anguished, as if the felt intensity of adolescence had been carried into an uncertain adulthood, where the world was a cruel, harsh, blameful - and shameful - place. As Reynolds notes: 'Certain words and images appear repeatedly: coldness, pressure, darkness, crisis, failure, collapse, loss of control. Whether through his illness, or the mind-dulling drugs he used to fight it, or though his natural melancholy, Curtis was drawn to the dark side like a moth to a flame.'

'Ian had an incandescent loneliness,' says Paul Morley, the writer who, as a fledgling freelancer for NME, first championed Joy Division and recognised the mythic elements their music - and their lead singer - possessed. 'He was quiet and reserved, a little bit old-fashioned northern in his reticence, but with that lust for knowledge that we all possessed at the time because our education had, in effect, left us feeling let down and frustrated.'

Morley also points to Curtis's 'distinctly European sensibility' and, perhaps more illuminatingly, to 'Ian's odd insatiable curiosity for depraved things'. Deborah, whose book, Touching From a Distance portrays the more messy side of the singer's myth as a tangle of domestic duties and looming fame, echoes this. 'It struck me,' she writes, 'that all Ian's spare time was spent reading and thinking about human suffering.' For all these reasons, some of the songs he left behind are as lyrically unremitting as any in musical history. 'Mother, I tried to please, believe me/ I'm doing the best that I can,' he sings on 'Isolation', a song Freud would have had a field day with. 'I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through/ I'm ashamed of the person I am.'

Against all that, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' seems simply and majestically sad, a lament for a failing relationship, for 'something so good' that 'just can't function no more'. It is also a guilt song, addressed to Deborah, to whom he was both unfaithful and suffocatingly possessive. It was written while he was conducting an affair with Annik Honoré, a Belgian he had met on tour.

What sets the song apart is the lyrical starkness, Curtis's graphic delineation of love gone wrong. The clattering start, as if the group can't quite contain their energy, or have been counted in before they are ready, does not quite prepare you for the bleak poetry of that opening line: 'When routine bites hard and ambitions are low.' Pure northern gritty realism, not the kind of line one could imagine Sinatra or Tony Bennett, or anyone else but Ian Curtis, crooning.

'"Love Will Tear Us Apart",' says Morley, 'is where the twilight zone that Ian increasingly inhabited towards the end merges with the domestic zone of marriage and family duty. He was being mythologised even when he was alive as this doomed romantic figure, not least by Factory, and there was this dreadful sense that if you created these patterns, they became the myths that people stumbled into, in Ian's case, with cataclysmic results.'

The song, though, endures: still resonant, still sounding oddly awry and oddly contemporary. And, for all its mordant observation, its accumulation of deathly detail, its unflinching candour - 'Why is the bedroom so cold? You've turned away on your side' - it has been covered more than 100 times by performers as diverse as the Oyster Band, PJ Proby, Simple Minds and Paul Young. Nothing, though, comes close to the strange beauty of the original.

In this years Brits' awards, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' made it into the shortlist for the best five songs of the last 25 years. The fact that it was included at all, as Morley attests, 'was slightly sad', not least because it had been co-opted into that celebrity-driven, music business-marketed contemporary showbiz zone where everything has been hollowed out, drained of meaning.

The winning song was Robbie Williams's 'Angels', as old-fashioned and overblown as 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is modernist and coruscatingly honest. One can only pray Robbie will have the good sense not to follow in Paul Young's misguided footsteps. Most great songs attain a life of their own once released into the world, but 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is the exception to the rule: it belongs exclusively to Joy Division and to Ian Curtis, even if he could not ultimately carry its weight.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 6th , 2005  
London Records:

New Order's new single 'Jetstream' is out on May 16th and features vocals from Ana Matronic. Available across three formats it features exclusive remixes from the likes of Jacques Lu Cont, Richard X, Arthur Baker and Tom Neville. As if that wasn't enough, the enhanced CD also features the video and U-Myx programme, letting you remix the track yourself.

Full format information is as follows:

12"  Single
Catalogue Number: NUOX14

A1 - Jetsteam (Jacques Lu Cont rmx)
A2 - Jetstream (radio edit)
B1 - Jetstream (Richard X remix)
B2 - Jetstream (Tom Neville remix)

To pre-order click here:


Maxi CD Single
Catalogue Number: NUOCD14

1.   Jetstream (radio edit)
2.   Jetstream (Richard X remix edit)

To pre-order click here:


Enhanced CD
Catalogue Number: NUCDP14

    1.      Jetstream (Jacques Lu Cont rmx/2nd)
    2.      Jetstream (Richard X remix)
    3.      Jetstream (Tom Neville remix)
    4.      Jetstream (Arthur Baker remix)
    5.      Jetstream (Ana Bridge vox)
    6.     Jetstream video/U-MYX

To pre-order click here:


Digital Downloads:

Pete Heller remix and dub (available exclusively on iTunes)
New Order's Bunker mix (available exclusively on Napster)
Tom Neville dub 9 (available exclusively on OD2)

To watch the video click here:


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May th , 2005  

Live: New Order
Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY: 5 May 2005
Story by Amy Phillips
It took about 10 seconds after singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, drummer Stephen Morris, and newbie guitarist/keyboardist Phil Cunningham walked on stage at the sold-out Hammerstein Ballroom in midtown Manhattan two weeks ago for me to realize something surprising:

New Order are fun.

No, it was more than surprising. It was like simultaneously discovering that my dad is a wizard and my mom is a superhero. After all these years of flatlined grooves, austere artwork and Ian-Curtis-died-for-your-sins doom and gloom, I expected an evening of dour, faithful recitations with little fanfare or movement but lots of darkness and smoke machines.

Well, I was right about the smoke machines. Hook positioned himself right in front of one, letting it blow his long blonde hair back romance-novel-style. With his gray wifebeater, copious tattoos, and leering grin, he reminded me more of a creepy dive bar bouncer than the bassist in the most revered post-punk band of all time. Sumner, too, was all smiles, looking like a soccer dad going to the office on casual Friday as he strapped on his guitar. Then he picked up a melodica.

I guess I'd always known that those dinky notes heralding the start of "Love Vigilantes" came courtesy of that goofy little instrument, but the sight of Sumner huffing and puffing away to kick off his group's first New York performance in over ten years was equilibrium-altering nonetheless. Blue lights flashed, smoke billowed, Hook struck rock-god poses, Sumner awkwardly hopped up and down, and any notions of New Order as some sort of historical museum piece were smashed to bits.

It was a living, breathing rock and roll band up there, irreverently tearing through their back catalogue and celebrating songs from their comeback albums, 2001's Get Ready and this year's Waiting for the Sirens' Call. Favorites such as "True Faith," "Temptation", and "Bizarre Love Triangle" were gleefully delivered as the danceable, populist pop songs they truly are, with Sumner interjecting incongruous "WHOO"s and "YEAH"s throughout. (I'm also pretty sure I heard him shout "BLACK POWER!" at the end of "Regret." WTF?) The canned beats and piped-in diva backing vocals on newer tunes such as "Crystal" and "Krafty" sizzled with extra cheesiness, and Ana Matronic from the Scissor Sisters took the stage to add lusty moans to latest single "Jetstream." Show-closer "Blue Monday" exploded with a sample of Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out of My Head' and enough strobe lights and industrial menace (courtesy of Hook's primeval pounding on a drum pad) to rival an Orgy c! oncert.

But at no time did New Order piss on their legend more than in their renditions of four Joy Division classics. "Transmission", "Love Will Tear Us Apart", "She's Lost Control", and Atmosphere" were stripped of all proto-goth melancholy and transformed into zippy crowd-pleasers. "This is a good old-fashioned sing-along," Sumner announced before "Love Will Tear Us Apart", and indeed it was, complete with much hand-clapping and shoulder-hugging from the sold-out audience. "Love, love will tear us apart again. YEAH!" Sumner shouted, as I watched two dressed-down Wall Street types clink their plastic beer cups in a toast.

Yes, it was all quite disconcerting, but in a good way. Knee-jerk deference to the canon is for purists I wouldn't want to party with anyway. And neither would New Order.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 6th , 2005  
New York, NYC:

New Order live @ Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY (May 5th)

Here's the complete setlist...

1. Love Vigilantes
2. Crystal
3. Regret
4. Hey Now What U Doing
5. Krafty
6. Transmission
7. True Faith
8. Run Wild
9. Jetstream (With Anna Matronic on stage)
10. Waiting For The Sirens Call
11. BLT
13. Temptation

She's Lost Control
15. Atmosphere
16. Blue Monday


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 4th , 2005  

New Order is a joy undivided
By Joshua Klein

Even with 25 years under its collective belt—more, if you include its slightly earlier incarnation as Joy Division—New Order still often behaves like it has stumbled fortuitously into its place in the post-punk pantheon. For years the band has exhibited a remarkable lack of ego, its particular genius stemming from an endearing casualness.

But the more these affable blokes from Manchester shrug off any honorifics, the more their followers offer them. The thousands at the sold-out Aragon Ballroom on Tuesday night worshiped the band like a spirit-fearing ancient tribe witnessing a solar eclipse.

New Order, for its part, has gradually shifted from being almost confrontationally aloof to grudgingly accepting, and perhaps even being proud of, its legacy. That's noticeable from the number of Joy Division songs the group now regularly and enthusiastically sticks into its set.

"That was a beautiful song by Joy Division," singer Bernard Sumner said after the group played its first encore of the spectral and spectacular "Atmosphere." He then said, "This is a beautiful song by New Order," before the band began the hypnotic pulse of "Your Silent Face."

Those two songs capped a stunning evening of music that ranged from rockers such as "Crystal" to more dance-oriented tracks such as "True Faith," "Bizarre Love Triangle" and "Blue Monday." Hot off a celebrated performance at California's Coachella festival, New Order proceeded to eclipse that set in even better spirits and better form.

Sumner played jaunty melodica to start the group's wartime meditation "Love Vigilantes," while drummer Stephen Morris deftly embellished various programmed rhythms. New member Phil Cunningham helped keep songs such as "Krafty" afloat during the quiet bits, then aided the band as it soared into one ecstatic chorus after another.

Yet the heart of New Order remains bassist Peter Hook, the melodic hum of his guitar the group's most identifiable trademark and his splay-legged stances and lurching strumming the most overt link to the band's punk roots. As the minimalist "Temptation" hit euphoric heights and "Regret" the right notes of romantic longing—and even when the band took a breather with the banal "Jetstream"—Hook's playing always provided a vital boost.

That was never more apparent than when the group pounded out furious renditions of Joy Division's "Transmission" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart." In fact, all four members seemed to tap into stores of power and energy they sometimes kept in check during lighter numbers, as if recognizing the lasting impact of these songs and the need to do them justice.

The Chicago Tribune

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 4th , 2005  
Chicago, IL:

New Order live @ Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL (May 3rd)

Here's the complete setlist...

1. Love Vigilantes
2. Crystal
3. Regret
4. Hey Now What U Doing
5. Krafty
6. Transmission
7. True Faith
8. Run Wild
9. Jetstream
10. Waiting For The Sirens Call
11. BLT
13. Temptation

14. Atmosphere
15. KW1
16. Blue Monday

During the soundcheck, Peter Hook was rehearsing an early Joy Division song "Warsaw". This is some Pix of the soundcheck.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 3rd , 2005  

New Order dusts off pieces of its past at Coachella Festival

By Greg Kot
Tribune music critic

May 3, 2005
INDIO, Calif. -- "We're going to do it. We're going to play some Joy Division songs," singer-guitarist Bernard Sumner revealed a few days before New Order helped close the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday.

"It's been 25 years since Ian [Curtis] died and we want to do something in his honor," he said. New Order had avoided playing songs by Joy Division for two decades, in part because it was a tragedy--the suicide of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis--that forced Sumner and the band's other surviving members, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris, to carry on as New Order.

But as the 25th anniversary of Curtis' death on May 18, 1980, approaches, his old bandmates decided it was time last weekend to acknowledge their past. The performance was a prelude to the legendary band's first Chicago concert in more than a decade--on Tuesday at the Aragon.

Morris' tom drums thundered on "Love Will Tear Us Apart," and the voices of Hook and Sumner rose to a fevered pitch as they commanded, "Dance, dance, dance to the radio" on a spectacular "Transmission."
These Joy Division staples were received like lost national anthems by an audience of more than 40,000--and why not?

The influence of New Order and Joy Division has never been more apparent, their merger of rock guitars, icy keyboard textures and electronic dance music a template for countless bands who played the two-day festival, including the Bravery, Kasabian, and Sunday headliner Nine Inch Nails. In its sixth year, Coachella has reaffirmed its claim to be North America's most prestigious rock concert, a legitimate answer to massive European festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading.

Chicago Tribune

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 2th , 2005  
Sixth Coachella Fest Offers Numerous Highlights

Performances from some of the world's most popular and influential bands highlighted the sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which concluded last night (May 1) at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. About 50,000 people descended on this desert town for the two-day event, which featured headlining sets by Coldplay and Nine Inch Nails, plus rare appearances from Bauhaus, Gang Of Four and hip-hop duo Black Star.

Coldplay's Saturday set went heavy on such anthems as "Clocks," "The Scientist," "Yellow" and "In My Place" but was bookended by songs from its upcoming Capitol album, "X&Y": opener "Square One" and closer "Fix You." The group also debuted new album track "Low" and "'Til Kingdom Come," the latter of which was penned for Johnny Cash prior to death but appears as a bonus cut on the upcoming disc.

Last night, the Trent Reznor-led Nine Inch Nails drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend to the main stage for intense versions of "Head Like a Hole," "Closer" and "Piggy," plus its latest single, "The Hand That Feeds." That cut is the lead track from the new Interscope album "With Teeth," NIN's first since 1999.

Despite lead singer Bernard Sumner hobbling around with what he described as a torn ligament in his foot, New Order rocked through an impressive 11-song set last night that ran from vintage staples like "Blue Monday," "Regret" and "Bizarre Love Triangle" to brand new fare like "Krafty," "Jetstream" and the title track from its new album, "Waiting for the Sirens' Call." The group also drew roars of approval when it dusted off Joy Division's "Atmosphere," "Transmission" and a rousing rendition of "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

Playing their first show in years, Black Star's Mos Def and Talib Kweli hit the high points of their lone studio album, a 1998 self-titled effort for Rawkus, including "Brown Skin Lady," "B Boys Will B Boys" and "Re: Definition." In addition to versions of Mos Def's "Sex, Love & Money" and "Ms. Fat Booty," the pair brought rapper Common on stage for a tune toward the end of their Sunday set.

Pioneering goth rock outfit Bauhaus, particularly blonde, goateed frontman Peter Murphy, sounded sharp on such formative numbers as "Bela Lugosi's Dead" and "Flat Field," while the reunited Gang Of Four rattled off spare, angular funk/rock workouts such as "Damaged Goods,"
"Anthrax" and opener "Return the Gift."

Other noteworthy performances throughout the weekend were turned in by Wilco (the band had to cancel its 2004 appearance while frontman Jeff Tweedy was in rehab for a painkiller addiction), Secret Machines, Z-Trip, Pinback, Spoon and M.I.A., whose late afternoon Sunday set drew an overflow crowd to the Mojave tent.

-- Jonathan Cohen, Palm Desert, Calif.

from billboard

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) May 2th , 2005  
Indio, CA:

New Order live @ Coachella Festival, Indio, CA (May 1st)

Here's the complete setlist...

1. Atmosphere
2. Waiting for the sirens' call
3. Regret
4. Transmission
5. Hey Now, what you doing
6. Krafty
7. Jetstream
8. BLT
9. Love will tear us apart (dedicated to me by Peter Hook "This one is for you David, Fuck You!!")
10. Crystal
11. Blue Monday


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 29th , 2005  

With timeless appeal, New Order reminisces and looks ahead

Inside Bay Area

WHEN the legendary Mancunian techno-rock team New Order toured the Bay Area four years ago, a dumbfounded audience got much more than it bargained for.
Strolling onstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre, vocalist/guitarist Bernard Sumner planted himself at his microphone stand, somberly bowed his head, and strummed the first ethereal chords of "Atmosphere" as the crowd went wild.

A few minutes later, a second jaw-dropper: "Love Will Tear Us Apart," played with note-for-note reverence. It was quite the special occasion; this marked one of the first times the group had not only nodded to its late-'70s incarnation as Joy Division, but openly covered the catalog classics originally sung by Ian Curtis, whose 1980 suicide forced a reluctant Sumner into the frontman spotlight. Proudly, New Order reclaimed its past that memorable night.

Cut to only a few weeks ago, in the restaurant of New York's Soho Grand Hotel. In professorial spectacles, sweater, corduroys and velcro Adidas, a thoughtful Sumner sits, nursing a fruit smoothie and pondering those concerts.

For two full decades, he allows, "It was just taboo for us to play Joy Division songs, and there were two reasons for that. One is that we wanted to stand on our own two feet and not on the back of Joy Division. We wanted to make it under our own steam as a group. And once we'd done that — made New Order an entity in its own right — we finally felt comfortable playing Joy Division songs again."

The second motivation, the singer continues, was respect for the enigmatic Curtis, who'd only managed to tape two albums and a handful of singles before hanging himself on the eve of Joy Division's first American tour.

Thanks to Curtis's dark, spectral vocals and the band's moody, melancholy soundscapes, those sparse recordings propelled Joy Division into a cult-status stratosphere from which it has never returned.

"And this May, it's been 25 years since Ian committed suicide," says Sumner. "And I think playing the old songs is a wonderful way of keeping his memory alive. In fact, it's the only way we can bring him back to life, so to speak."

Besides, he adds, "Atmosphere" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart" are just "great songs, and they belong to us, as well. We wrote all the music, and Ian wrote all the words. And to not be able to play them is like losing a part of your soul."

Indeed. So folks can expect to hear a few heart-stirring classics when New Order blows into Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser on April 29, supporting its fine new return to dance-pop form, "Waiting for the Sirens' Call" on Warner Bros.

Plus a few from the band's own stellar repertoire, which defined its post-Curtis approach with the bubbly '83 club hit "Blue Monday"(although Sumner lists the later cut "Temptation" as his favorite work).

The new single from "Siren" called "Krafty" also ranks among the band's best. It's got all the trademarks: a floor-scraping melodic bassline courtesy of Peter Hook; a rousing backbeat from Stephen Morris; a hummable synth/guitar chorus; and Sumner's charismatic wobbly warble.

Lately, New Order's music has become an oft-imitated art form. Countless young New Wave-enthusiastic combos, from the Killers to Elkland to the Bravery, are citing the band as a key influence. Others, like Dirty Vegas, have practically pirated the group's patented bass-heavy schematic.

Platinum popsters No Doubt have always been up front about their allegiance to Manchester's finest, so it was no surprise when Gwen Stefani called Sumner and company in for her recent solo sessions. Unfortunately, the collaboration was consummated by an overnight delivery service. Initially, Sumner recalls, "Gwen asked us to write a track for her.
But we'd just gone into the studio for our album, and if we were going get a good track, we didn't want to give it away to someone else, no matter who it was. And we didn't want to give her a castoff track, either, so we didn't know what to do. Then she sent us over the track we did and said 'Will you play on this?' So I did some backing vocals on it, and Hook played some bass."

New Order doesn't like to settle for second best. "In an ideal world, we would like to write Gwen a track — I met her at an awards ceremony, and she's a lovely girl, so sweet and nice. But it was just that the timing was bad."

At least Stefani paid his band the respect it was due, Sumner smiles.

Copycat musicians who simply ape the style really get his goat.

But he adds, " ... If they're taking what we did and running with it, taking it somewhere else, then I'm fine with that."

He admits he initially was influenced by other groups.

"We used to bring our record collections into rehearsal rooms and say, 'Have you heard the latest track by Iggy? Or his new album 'The Idiot'?' Or we'd bring in 'Trans-Europe Express' by Kraftwerk, and everybody'd be like, 'That's great! Let's do something like that.' We had our heroes, and we were influenced by them. Because let's face it, a young group can't just start from nowhere. So I do think it's an honor to have so many groups cite us, like the Killers."

Sumner, a father of three who has stayed busy over the years with his side project, Electronic, has a definite opinion about how New Order has lasted so long past its Joy Division expiration date.

"We've never been part of any movement," he says. "By luck or by chance, more than by determination, we've always skipped movements. We came around after punk, and we were before New Wave. If you're part of a movement, you're part of a wave of groups, and it's great because you get a press feeding frenzy.

"But when that wave hits the beach, then the movement's over and the groups are over. A movement always timestamps you, so we were fortunate that we've never been part of any such scene. Maybe that's why our songs have this timeless quality. They're of no particular style, whatsoever."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 29th , 2005  
Oakland, CA:


New Order live @ Henry J Keiser Arena, Oakland, CA (April 29th)

Here's the complete setlist...

1. She's Lost Control
2. Love Vigilantes
3. Regret
4. Hey Now What U Doing
5. Krafty
6. Transmission
7. True Faith
8. Run Wild
9. Jetstream
10. Waiting For The Sirens Call
11. BLT
13. Temptation
14. Crystal

15. Blue Monday


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 28th , 2005  
New rules of Order

April 29, 2005


A quarter-century after rising from the ashes of Joy Division, English dance-pop pioneers New Order are a ubiquitous influence in modern rock, with dozens of young bands drawing inspiration from their streamlined rhythms and ethereal melodies.

Following a string of indelible hits -- "Blue Monday," "Temptation" and "Bizarre Love Triangle" among them -- New Order sat out most of the '90s, and it has hardly been prolific since regrouping in 1998. "Waiting for the Siren's Call" is its first album in four years, and it doesn't break new ground. But bassist Peter Hook, guitarist-vocalist Bernard Sumner, drummer Stephen Morris and guitarist-keyboardist Phil Cunningham (who replaced Gillian Gilbert for "Get Ready" in 2001) easily outshine their many imitators, remaining the unrivaled masters of the sound they invented.

I spoke with Hook from his home in England as New Order geared up to play a handful of rare U.S. dates, including a sold-out show at the Aragon on Tuesday.

Q. Why the long wait for this album, Peter?

A. You know, I was talking to [former Stone Roses singer] Ian Brown yesterday, and I was saying that in the young days, you did everything to the detriment of your family. You don't get to see your kids get older and you can count all your failed relationships on both hands.
There is a wonderful sense of realism that creeps in when you get older, and you realize that you need to do both things to be happy.
That is the main reason why it took so bloody long -- you are forever running after the kids!

Q. What do you think of the influence of Joy Division and New Order on so many bands today?

A. It's amazing. The funny thing is that I'm not too sure I hear a lot of it, even when people say it. Steve and I were talking about this:
There is a fantastic band in England called the Bloc Party, and everyone was saying they heard a lot of Joy Division in it. When I listened to it, I didn't think so. Maybe I'm too close. But any kind of compliment, you take on board and you enjoy. If someone influences you and drives you to start doing music, that is fine by me. When I went through the Sex Pistols, it fired me up so much I bought a guitar, but I had never had a guitar lesson. Johnny Rotten should be pleased that he started us off.

Q. I read that when you got started, you actually had enough material to fill two albums.

A. Yeah, you wait four years, and two come at once! Because it was going well, that gave us the encouragement, especially from Bernard's point of view, because obviously he did a little more work. It gave him the incentive to finish up because everything sounded really good and each song didn't sound like a B-side or a throwaway, they all sounded worthy of finishing. That was a great position to be in.

Q. Is returning to work with the group like riding a bicycle -- you just fall into it?

A. It's like getting back on a bicycle and then having to cycle that bicycle up Everest! And when you get to the end of it and put your flag at the top, you look back and think, "How the hell did I do that?"

I'm immensely proud that we could still pull it off after all these years. There's only one track on "Sirens" that I'm not keen on, which is "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion," but for me to only not like one track on a New Order record is pretty bleeding good, because normally it's
25 percent! Either I'm getting mellower or we are getting better.

I think my favorite track is "Hey Joe." It sounds very Joy Division to me, which is a nice way of starting the LP. It's not the [famous] "Hey Joe," but Bernard jumped on the lyrics for some reason. It was quite funny, because his 11-year-old daughter was very interested when she heard the song, and she kept asking, "Who's Joe, daddy?" She thought her daddy was singing about someone named Joe in such a heartfelt fashion, she was wondering, "How come I don't know him?" Bernard had a bit of a quandary there trying to explain his own lyrics.

Q. The band has always had a special relationship with Chicago, and this is one of only a handful of U.S. dates. Why?

A. Chicago was always our best audience; God knows why. The first gig we played in America was at Metro. We walked out on that stage and felt wet because it was 125 degrees, and all the equipment kept flickering on and off with thermal cutout, and I thought, "This place is special, isn't it?" When I think about that night when I met [Metro owner] Joe Shanahan for the first time, he took us out to dinner and he asked, "Do you mind if I bring my friend? He's a really big Joy Division fan." So I had dinner with this young fellow, and five years later I find out it's Billy Corgan. We've always had an affinity for Joe, and the Metro, and Chicago, because we were playing to double our audience.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 28th , 2005  

Playing Hooky

In order to celebrate their eighth studio album, Waiting for the Siren's Call, New Order are playing an extensive American tour... of four dates. The list of shows must make for the sparsest back of a t-shirt ever. It's been 12 years since they played Toronto, and the drought continues, but bassist-turned-DJ Peter Hook is flying in with a stack of CDs ("Too bloody 'eavy, them vinyls," he says) to help tide parched fans over at the Mod Club Theatre (722 College) for the Return to New York party May 6. On the phone from Oakland, just before kicking off his band's first gig in three years, the voluble Hooky took some time out to expand on his new hobby.

"I like the edginess of it," he says of DJing, "that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Reading the crowd -- sometimes it's very, very lonely up there because you've not got your guitar to hide behind. Fucking hell, it does get a bit traumatic."

Like New Order's 2002 Back to Mine collection, Hook's sets are apparently very eclectic. While he doesn't have a designated floor-filler to pull him out of the dead times, he does come armed with a number of his band's unreleased mixes. It seems fitting -- after all, most released remixes take his unmistakably melodic, chorused bass out of the songs.

"The mixes that I play I wouldn't say were bass-heavy; they're just different ones that I like that weren't used," Hooky says. "It's a great idea to think you could be able to go on and play all bass parts, wouldn't it? That would be quite funny: 'These are all the bass parts the bastards wouldn't let me put on. I thought I'd play them here in Toronto.' I'd love to do something like that. That's proper art -- like an installation!"

While rumours of the once-volatile Hooky's having mellowed out are somewhat substantiated by his friendly demeanour, it's comforting to know it's not all gone Pete Tong for him.

"I'd never ask people to dance," he states flatly. "Whenever I go to gigs and somebody goes" -- he puts on an American accent -- "'C'mon everybody, clap your hands!' I always think, 'Oh, fuck off, you jerk!'

"I'm not a people pleaser, because New Order have never been people-pleasers. I still believe that Johnny Rotten, in his attitude to what he does, has the best attitude. It's nice to provoke people and get people going -- you get a spark, don't you?"

Surely the biggest spark would be touched off by New Order's return to Toronto? "I'll keep my fingers crossed," Hooky offers, "because I've always had a really fantastic time there. I'm looking forward to getting back, and let's hope next time I bring my bloody others with me!"



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Twenty-five years ago on May 18, Joy Division's Ian Curtis, whose voice penetrated dark-hearted souls with "Love Will Tear Us Apart,"hanged himself.

And New Order was born.

Formed by Joy Division members still reeling from the death of their friend, the Mancunian band distinguished itself from the gloom-and-doom style of their former selves by having a party on the dance floor.

Now, for the first time in a quarter century, the group will sing a handful of Joy Division tunes while on tour, including "Atmosphere" and "She's Lost Control," as a tribute to Curtis.

"We never played them before," says frontman Bernard Sumner. "We felt if we were going to make New Order work, we'd have to do it under our own steam. Also we felt too upset to play them back then.

"It feels right to play them now," he adds.

Influenced by synth pioneers such as Kraftwerk and Suicide, New Order broke through in 1983 with the spectacular "Power, Corruption & Lies," which featured the best-selling 12-inch of all time, "Blue Monday."

With the lure of Sumner's melancholy vocals, New Order was a nonstop dance machine through out the '80s, living the "24 Hour Party People" life.

And it almost killed them.

"It really f---ed me up," Sumner told The Post, admitting, "We'd play a show and set up a disco party backstage - with strobe lights and a smoke machine. Then we'd go to clubs all night and then back to the hotel room to party. Before you know it, it's 7 in the morning."

Of course it took its toll. "We began behaving badly toward friends and making bad decisions," says Sumner, whose poison of choice was Pernod and orange juice.

But in 1992, it all caught up with him. On a 30-city-tour stop in Chicago, Sumner started throwing up for hours.

He dragged himself from his hotel room to the hospital on the corner. Turns out the constant drinking had scarred his stomach.

"It was stupid. I thought, 'If I carry on like this I'll end up dead or an alcoholic. I'm killing myself for Factory Records. I'm killing myself for the nightclub. I'm killing myself for a bar.'"

He decided not to kill himself for anything.

The band released only one album in the '90s (1993's "Republic") and while it never officially broke up, they didn't record an album for eight years.

Almost 49, Sumner says he's now more responsible (with a wife and three kids) and won't tackle such a grueling tour schedule again.

The band is on the road to support its latest disc, "Waiting For the Siren's Call." The five-city, abbreviated American tour kicks off in Coachella this weekend and hits New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday.

The band is as popular as ever. There are two films being made about Ian Curtis. Dozens of today's bands count New Order as an influence. Among all the '80s retro acts, Sumner likes the Killers the best. "They have nice suits," he says.

While New Order is respected and admired all over the world, Sumner still has some trepidation about performing - and yearns for more rehearsal time.

But don't fret.

"I'm sure it will fall into place," he says.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 28th , 2005  



70 Victoria Street



01254 55607

May 18

"I Remember Nothing" A Joy Division Video Night

An unexpected treat from the Ikon Vaults featuring  a rare chance to see The Joy Division Film by Malcolm Whitehead (Fac 9) not seen for over 20 years and his new 7 minute short She’s Lost Control plus rarely seen Ikon/ Factory footage.

Tickets on Door £5

Reservations on request



“Some of the things come out of confusion”

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 28th , 2005  
Return To New York:

Arthur Baker - Return to New York
Friday, May 6, 2005
The Mod Club Theatre
722 College Street

- Hooky
-Junior Sanchez
-Andrew Allsgood
-Captain Z
-Denise Benson

Tickets $15.00 advance at Black Market Records, Rotate This! and Priape.
Now on sale.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 28th , 2005  
Hollywood Blvd, CA:

New Order live @ Jimmy Kimmel Show, ABC (April 27th)

Here's the complete setlist...

1. Krafty
2. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Dedicated to Ian Curtis)
3. Waiting For The Sirens' Call
5. Temptation
6. Waiting For The Sirens' Call (retake)
7. Transmission

Only the first two songs were aired on ABC. New Order decided to play a total of 7, it was a great opportunity for them to rehearse before the Kick off date April 29 in San Francisco.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 27th , 2005  

May 5th, 2005

G I R L S & B O Y S and GBH




N E W O R D E R DJ set
by P E T E R H O O K
two hour set


Shawn (stellastarr*)
33 Hz (Outlook Records)
Dan Selzer (Acute Records)
Alex Malfunction (Rebel Rebel @ Bar 13)
Alex English (Rebel Rebel @ Bar 13)

10pm - 4am

Limited Tickets on sale Tuesday April 26 at www.GBH.tv $10 adv | $15 day of show

FREE New Order & 33Hz give aways

16 St. and 9 Ave.
in the Maritime Hotel

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 22th , 2005  


This is the tracklisting and sleeve of New Order 2nd single taking from "Waiting For The Sirens' Call" top 5 album. Single expected release date in UK May 16, 2005

12" Single

Catalogue Number NUOX14

A1 - Jetstream (Jacques Lu Cont rmx)

A2 - Jetstream (Radio Edit)

B1 - Jetstream (Richard X remix)

B2 - Jetstream (Tom Neville remix)

Maxi CD Single

Catalogue Number NUOCD14

1. Jetstream (radio edit)

2. Jetstream (Richard X remix edit)

Enhanced CD

Catalogue NUCDP14

1. Jetstream (Jacques Lu Cont rmx/2nd)

2. Jetstream (Richard X remix)

3. Jetstream (Tom Neville remix)

4. Jetstream (Arthur Baker remix)

5. Jetstream (Ana Bridge vox)

6. Jetstream video

7. Jetstream (u-myx)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 21st , 2005  


Let me give some exclusive inside New Order new video "Jetstream" featuring Ana Matronic. Single expected release date in UK May 16, 2005

lude a bonus remix of "Guilt Is A Useless Emotion." (Mac Quayle Vocal Mix)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 16th , 2005  
From Warner:

The US official NEW ORDER site www.neworder.cc has been launched yesterday. Check it out

US fans can now buy New Order ringtones through participating carriers. Text Neworder (no space) to 73804 or visit their ringtones site (on neworder.cc). 

The US release of New Order's new album Waiting For The Sirens' Call will be April 26th on CD, Vinyl and will include a bonus remix of "Guilt Is A Useless Emotion." (Mac Quayle Vocal Mix)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 16th , 2005  

Return To New York Bulletin

Date previously announced on other website in April and May have been Rescheduled

Unconfirmed RTNY/New Order Virgin Atlantic  US Tour

Return to New York/ LA 15th of June Venue TBA

Return to New York/Chicago 16th of June at the Sound Bar  www.sound-bar.com

Return to New York/Detroit  17th of June Venue TBA

Return to New York/Boston 18th of June Venue TBA

Return to New York/ NYC 19th of June TBA



Arthur Baker

+ More special guests to be Announced  

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 16th , 2005  

Ian Curtis at The Guggenheim Museum NYC until May 22nd

Factory Archives (2001–02)

Slater Bradley's Doppelganger Trilogy (2001–04) conjures up three pop icons from the collective unconscious of our mass-mediated culture. All fallen heroes—two by suicide and one by a protracted descent into disrepute—these figures are perceived through the distancing lens of desire and memory. Each of the three videos is fashioned as a recording of a faux concert performance, using a technique reminiscent of what would have been employed to capture the event when it purportedly took place.

Phantom Release (2003)

Factory Archives imagines Ian Curtis, lead singer of the short-lived punk band Joy Division, through the grainy haze of aging video stock. As if retrieved from the vaults of Factory Records, this fragment depicts an elusive performer just before the dawn of MTV, when the choreographed music video would forever change how culture consumes its rock 'n' roll. Phantom Release rehearses this cultural phenomenon as well as the ubiquitousness of the personal camcorder, offering an ersatz, "amateur" recording of Kurt Cobain playing the guitar. Its studied casualness and raw ambience evoke the countless bootleg videos that can be downloaded from any number of Web sites devoted to all things Nirvana. In Recorded Yesterday Michael Jackson is seen performing his signature dance moves on an otherwise empty stage. The black-and-white, Super-8 film footage of this lone figure appears to be disintegrating as it plays, creating a ghostly, retro atmosphere that reflects the melancholic reality of a once brilliant career spiraling out of control. Each chapter of the trilogy appears worn and overexposed, as if distorted by age. The effect is one of a vaguely remembered image, a dream dimly recalled at the break of day.

Recorded Yesterday (2004)

Bradley's "restagings" of these imagined performances reference specific moments in his own life when he first encountered the work of Joy Division, Nirvana, and Michael Jackson, and through them, the seduction of abandonment, the lure of celebrity, and the erotics of fan worship. His trilogy—and its related photographs and collages—compellingly complicates the autobiographical element by the involvement of the artist's "doppelganger." Since 1999 Bradley has been collaborating with Benjamin Brock, his veritable double, in a series of works that explore the psychologically charged space between one's self and mirror image. In myth and literature, the doppelganger is an apparition that portends one's own death, but its form has mutated over time to include the notion of double identity. In the trilogy Brock performs as Bradley playing the roles of Curtis, Cobain, and Jackson. Transformed by costume and posture, and further masked by the deteriorating stock on which he is seen, the doppelganger is at once everyone and no one. What emerges is a triangulation of reflections, an endless hall of mirrors that leads nowhere but to the recesses of the unconscious mind.

—Nancy Spector, Curator of Contemporary Art

Slater Bradley, The Doppelganger Trilogy, 2001–04. Projection from a digital source, Edition 1/3, Dimensions variable. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 15th , 2005  

Jimmy Kimmel Live NEW ORDER Performance

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2005


Time: 6:00 PM

Come see NEW ORDER Perform LIVE!!!!

Be part of our live studio audience!

Jimmy Kimmel Live is the first live nightly talk show in over 40 years! Jimmy Kimmel Live features celebrity guests and cutting-edge bands, with plenty of surprises, panic, and general pandemonium

Wednesday, April 27
guests: Joe & Gavin Maloof   
music: NEW ORDER   get tickets >> 

(Thanks to Bob D. for the link)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 11th , 2005  
The Guardian

'I was just besotted'

Twenty five years ago Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division, killed himself. His wife Deborah talks to Laura Barton about getting over him, obsessive fans and why she no longer listens to his music

If somebody kills themself they've had the last word. And what they're saying is 'There's nothing you can say, nothing you can do'. And there's nothing more frustrating than that." Deborah Curtis's voice buckles a little and her head dips, almost imperceptibly. It has been 25 years since her husband Ian, lead singer of influential post-punk band Joy Division, took his own life, aged 23. He left behind Deborah, their one-year-old daughter, Natalie, and a music career that had barely begun

Today Deborah sits in her lounge, on a quiet cul-de-sac just outside Crewe. She speaks quietly, matter-of-factly, punctuated with a faint bob of the head, which is small and round with well-polished cheeks. And when she has finished speaking she sits on the edge of the sofa, neat and still. Like a little apple.

Deborah and Ian grew up in Macclesfield at a time when the town was "full of people trying to stand out from the crowd". Ian was already something of a local cult figure, a lanky Lou Reed fan who wore a pink blazer to school and took drugs. Deborah, a Creedence Clearwater fan who made her own clothes, was in awe of him, his record collection and the fact he wrote poetry. In Deborah, Ian seemed to see a project. "I think the fact I didn't stand out was an attraction for him," she admits. "I think he thought I would be easy to mould, to control. He liked to have an input on what I was reading and what music I listened to." Though Deborah herself was writing poetry at the time, Ian was very much the focus of the relationship. "I don't remember him ever asking to see what I was writing. That's partly my own fault - I stopped writing after we got married. But I think he was so powerful that our lives were sort of centred around his art, and what he was going to do."

By her own admission, Deborah's devotion to Ian, her willingness to conform to his stringent behavioural code, was extreme. Even in the early days of their courtship he would, for example, insist that she spent her lunch break at his parents' house. "It was ridiculous! I only had an hour for lunch and it would've been 15 minutes' walk to his parents' house and 15 minutes back, and it sort of shortened my lunch hour." She gives a birdish little laugh. "And I gave up my studies ridiculously readily. It was pathetic. You know, he said, 'Leave school, you won't need your A-levels, you won't need a job. You won't have to work, I'm going to make so much money, we're going to have a great life together, just leave school and then we can get married and then we can start - start our life, really." She pauses, her hands folded in her lap, and sits very still. "Looking back on it now I think, 'What were you doing? What were you thinking of?'"

And what were you thinking of, I ask. "I don't know." She says it forcefully, but her voice snags, and ladders like a stocking. "I was just totally besotted."

Her friends drifted off, and her family said nothing about her behaviour or her relationship with Ian. Have they since? She smiles ruefully. "Yes. We laugh about it now. I mean, you've got to. It's such a long time ago, you can't be upset about it, you have to laugh." What, one wonders, would she do if that were her daughter? "I'd hit the roof," she laughs. "I'd go apeshit."

The couple married in 1975, when Deborah was 18 and Ian, 19, and Natalie was born four years later, just as Joy Division were taking off in earnest. But there were also financial worries, along with the difficulty of combining a rock'n'roll life with a stable marriage, Ian's epilepsy, his mood swings and depression. By that autumn, Ian had begun an affair with a Belgian Siouxsie Sioux look alike named Annik Honore, and, at the time of his suicide on May 18 1980, Ian and Deborah had been scuttling back and forth between divorce and reconciliation.

Why does she think he didn't just leave? "I don't know," she says, and again it holds a tremble. "Maybe he was concerned about doing the right thing. Maybe he was torn between what he should do and what he wanted to do. Maybe Annik wasn't the one, but he felt he needed to go. I don't know. I've spent a lot of time wondering, because there were so many other things he could've done besides commit suicide."

Did she feel angry with him for taking his own life? "Mmm, very," she says. And does she still? "No, no I don't feel angry now. There's too much time passed. You have to think about how unhappy he must've been and he must have honestly not been able to see a way out or he wouldn't have done it." When, one wonders, did that anger start to subside? "Last week!" she laughs. "No, it was quite late on. It's not that long ago." Do you still love him, I ask. "Um ... yes," she says softly. "But, y'know, not in the same way. I've got a new partner now. Meeting him was a turning point, because he'd not heard of Joy Division, he didn't know who Ian Curtis was."

She put all Ian's records away some years ago, and doesn't often listen to Joy Division these days. "Because Ian taught me that if you put a piece of music on you sit down and listen to it," she explains. "You don't get up and do the washing-up or anything. You listen to it. So that's what I tend to do. And I can't put Joy Division on and not listen to it the whole way through. And," she adds, gently, "you end up putting yourself in the past when you should be getting on with now."

With the years has come a mettled defiance, a sort of crisp-cored boldness. "He used to get annoyed with me if I was reading books that he didn't like. So I always think about him when I'm reading a book. And when I'm interviewed sometimes I think, 'I bet you wouldn't like that would you?'" She gives a brief conspiratorial smile across the carpet. "And I've got a lot of makeup on today, because of the photographs. And he didn't like me wearing makeup. And sometimes when I put my makeup on I think yeah ... you know, it's all right for him to say that then, but this is now."

This year has also seen the republication of her book about her life with Ian, written in part as a sort of two fingers to all the gossipmongers who tittle-tattled about their "marital problems", to all the people who thought they knew Ian through his music, and to whom Deborah had become almost a figure of resentment. "I saw a review on Amazon once, somebody had written, 'She doesn't understand her subject'. And I thought, 'Well, surely that's the point?'" She sighs.

And did Ian know her? "I think he thought he did." But do you think he did? She smiles in the stillness of her lounge. "No," she says distantly. "No, I don't think he did."

· Touching From a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division by Deborah Curtis is published by Faber

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 8th , 2005  
R-A-M ( by David Potts (ex Revenge and Monaco)

Now that Ram's debut album is recorded and ready for mixing, Dave's blown the dust off his acoustic for a couple of April gigs with Mike TV from Manchester band Beats for Beginners.

They'll be playing tracks from 'Coming up for air' and some songs from Mike's debut 'Don't fly into the sun'. There will also be some covers thrown in - oh yes - just a bit o' fun!

Should be good, hope to see you there! The dates are:  



Other news... Keep your eyes peeled - in the not too far distant future - for a complete overhaul of the website!

Ram on


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 7th , 2005  

Joy Division Exhibition by Martin O'Neill

Joy Division Pix were taken in March 1979
at Bowdon Vale Youth Club

The exhibition will be
held at Hale library in Altrincham, UK from May 3rd to May 7th 2005.

More info and if you want to buy print


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) April 3rd , 2005  

New Order in today New York Times

Moby Meets New Order

This month the influential British pop band New Order will release "Waiting for the Siren's Call," its eighth studio album since it formed 25 years ago in Manchester, England. Speaking with Joel Topcik recently, the band's lead singer and guitarist, Bernard Sumner, discussed what he's listening to and why.

Tom Vek

Tom Vek is a new artist, very British, sort of Thomas Dolby meets the Rapture, angular but with some soul. His album "We Have Sound" (Tummy Touch) sounds quite homemade, but I think that adds to the charm. There's definitely an 80's ethic underpinning the sound; his voice reminds you of that era. It's about conveying the song and not worrying about whether you sound like a "proper" singer. "I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes" is a pounding little track. I can see it being huge - it definitely deserves to be.

The Chemical Brothers

I like anything by the Chemical Brothers, really. They make music in a very unusual way, not with chords and melodies but with soundscapes and pure noise. I did a track with them called "Out of Control" - they sent me the basic track to write a vocal on. Their new album, "Push the Button" (Astralwerks), just came out in January, and "Galvanize" is my favorite track. I remember going to see them in Manchester - it was a packed house - and I was thinking, how are two guys going to make an exciting show just basically twiddling knobs? But it was brilliant.

Charlotte Hatherly

I've known Charlotte as the very talented, very sultry, very sexy guitarist from Ash since we played a few songs with them during the "Get Ready" tour, but I'd never been aware of her solo songwriting abilities. She released her debut solo album, "Grey Will Fade" (Double Dragon), last autumn. The song "Bastardo" has been stuck in my head ever since I saw the video; it reminds me of all that's great about the acts she claims as her influences: XTC, Bowie, the Pixies, Blondie. The knee-jerk girls-with-guitars comparisons to P. J. Harvey, Elastica and the Breeders are understandable, but "Bastardo" shows a pithier set of production values and a killer hook.

The Doves

Rob Gretton, who was New Order's manager before he died several years ago, put the Doves on his label, Rob's Records. The guys in the Doves are very good friends of mine, and I admire them greatly. My favorite of their songs is "M62 Song" from their new album, "Some Cities" (Capitol), which just went to No. 1 here in the U.K. The M62 is a highway in Manchester, and the song's got a really beautiful melody that's almost - dare I say - it's almost Beatles-like.


He just recorded a version of New Order's song "Temptation" for his new album, "Hotel" (V2/BMG), which he sent us for approval. The original is an up-tempo, almost danceable track, but it's got a really emotive quality to the lyrics. (Don't ask me what they're about; it's been so long.) I think it's one of our best songs live, and I'd go so far as to say it's my favorite New Order track of all time. I'm really glad Moby did a version of it. He slowed the track down and stripped it to its basic elements, and I think it really works. It displays the words and the melody in all their wonderful nakedness.

Graham Coxon

I've been listening to "Freakin' Out," by Graham Coxon from Blur. He's doing his solo stuff, and this is from his new album, "Happiness in Magazines" (Astralwerks). It's got a real punky quality to it - punk energy without the shouting - and it has a fantastic guitar solo. It's also wonderfully catchy: you only need to hear it four times and you'll never forget it the rest of your life. It doesn't sound like Blur. It sounds like Graham. There's a quiet confidence in the performance.

Kano and the Streets

I don't listen to a lot of hip-hop, but every now and again something grabs me, works its way into my head. Kano's single "Typical Me" (679 Recordings) is gritty, grimmer you might say than a lot of what you hear, but I think that's part of the appeal. A lot of British rap tries to remove itself from wherever it came from. I like the fact that the Streets does U.K. rap that isn't trying to be like U.S. rap. His songs are these kitchen-sink dramas about day-to-day life events. They're not about, you know, being down in the 'hood; they're about going down to the video shop to hire a video and my girlfriend hadn't taken the video in so I owed $50 and on and on. In the same way, Kano sounds quite comfortable being a London boy. No shame in that.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 31st , 2005  

True Faith - An Armchair Guide To NEW ORDER

The first ever book to concentrate on the music of New Order, one of the key rock groups of the 1980s. Formed from the ashes of Joy Division after their ill fated singer Ian Curtis hung himself, few could have predicted that New Order would become one of the seminal groups of the 80s, making a series of albums that would compare well with anything Joy Division had produced, and embracing club culture a good ten years before most of their contemporaries. From the bestselling 12 inch single "Blue Monday" to later spectacular world cup song "World In Motion" the band have continued making innovative, critically revered records that have also enjoyed massive commercial success. This book is the first to treat New Order's musical career as a separate achievement, rather than a postscript to Joy Division's and the first to analyse in depth what makes their music so great.

Artist: New Order/Joy Division

Author: Dave Thompson

ISBN: 1900924943

Weight: 500 grams

Pages: 176

Product Type: book

Book Type: pb

Availability: Mar 31st 2005

Price: £12.99  £9.50 

For more info go to:

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 29th , 2005  

Ana follows New Order's Jetsteam

Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters has jetted into the UK to make a video with New Order.

They met at this year's Brits and she's been a fan since she was 13:

Ana provides vocals on their new track 'Jetstream' but stayed tight-lipped about what she's doing in the video:

"All I know is that there are spacecraft involved."

"My styling is futuristic but also has some Japanese embellishments."


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 29th , 2005  

Finally posting some Pix from last week (March 22) official US New Order album party featuring no other than Peter Hook and Arthur Baker. Thanks to Off The Menu Ent. and Richard Spears for putting this great event together. Hooky DJ set lasted for about two hours including tracks from Joy Division, New Order, Monaco, Grace Jones, The Killers and many more. Expect more DJ set hopefully where New Order is playing live this year.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 29th , 2005  

New Order- Waiting For The Sirens To Call


Having recently been voted Godlike genius’s, Manchester’s finest return after a four-year break with their highly anticipated new album ‘Waiting for the Sirens to Call’. Listen to the album in its entirety right here.

Currently riding a huge wave of interest with both New Order and their previous band Joy Division, Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner return with ‘Waiting For The Sirens To Call’, their eighth studio album and their first since 2001’s ‘Get Ready’. First single from the album. ‘Krafty’, shows New Order returning to their dancefloor-electronic roots and this sets the tone for the rest of the album.

Songs such as ‘I Told You So’ and ‘Morning Night And Day’ show a shift away from the guitar-edged rock that featured heavily on ‘Get Ready’, replacing it with sounds that display elements of electro, dancehall and a return to their punk roots on the track ‘Working Overtime’.

The driving force behind previous hits such as 'Temptation' and the mighty 'Blue Monday', Peter Hook's mind-bending bass lines and they make a welcome return throughout the duration of 'Waiting...'. One of the highlights is ‘Jetstream’, featuring a guest appearance from Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters. Ana’s backing vocal augments both Bernard’s vocal and Hooky’s bass, and by doing so creates a slice of perfect pop that is up there with their finest.

With many current bands such as The Killers, Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party waxing lyrical about New Order’s influence on their music, ‘Waiting For The Sirens To Call’ is timely proof that the seasoned-veterans are more than a match for their young counterparts.

For more info go to:

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 29th , 2005  

KRAFTY will be released in the US May 3rd and available digitally April 26

This CD Maxi includes exclusive US remixes by Richard Morel, DJ Dan and Eric Kupper. 

1. Krafty (Radio Edit)

2. Krafty (Morel's Pink Noise Vocal)

3. Krafty (DJ Dan Vocal)

4. Krafty (Eric Kupper Club Mix)

5. Krafty (The Glimmers 12" Extended)

6. Krafty (Phone Reality Remix)

7. Krafty (Riton Re-Rub Remix)


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 27th , 2005  


Check out Remember The Eighties website for their Exclusive interview this week.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 26th , 2005  


New Order Schedule U.S. Dates, Festival Appearances

The band (with a new fourth member, guitarist Phil Cunningham) have more than a dozen large shows slated for this summer, mostly at festivals throughout Europe. However, they will be in our neck of the woods for at least a few days-- they're playing the Coachella Festival, of course, as well as a second California date, and shows in Chicago and New York. They've also got plenty of gaps on the schedule, so who knows? You might just get lucky, Kentucky. The plan:

04-29 Oakland, CA - Kaiser Arena (with Chemical Brothers)
05-01 Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
05-03 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
05-05 New York City, NY - TBA
05-28 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound 2005
06-11 Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival
06-12 Scheesel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06-24 London, England - O2 Music Wireless Festival
06-26 Glastonbury, England - Glastonbury Festival
06-30 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter Festival
07-02 Turin, Italy - TBA
07-09 Balado, Scotland - T in the Park Festival
07-10 Naas, Ireland - Oxegen Festival
08-20 Chelmsford, England - Hylands Park, V Festival
08-21 Staffordshire, England - Weston Park, V Festival

Meanwhile, according to fan-site WorldInMotion.net, Waiting's second single will be "Jetstream", due to be released in the UK on May 16 with B-side remixes by Arthur Baker, Richard X, and Tom Neville.


Click Here For Details on live date with direct links 

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 25th , 2005  
Review :Waiting for the Sirens' Call

Posted by Bill Lamb

“You’ve gotta look at life the way it oughta be.” Such is the simple lesson at the center of “Krafty,” the leadoff single for New Order’s first studio creation in 4 years. Through the band’s eyes, it seems life oughta be a warm place with hooks that instantly engage the mind and possibly the dancing feet.

Steering away from 2001's guitar-heavy Get Ready, on Waiting For the Sirens Call New Order once again embrace a universe of instantly memorable pop hooks infused with an ever-present, but never oppressive, air of melancholy. It is music that is slow to sink in and possibly will even seem ephemeral at first listen, but when heard multiple times it is an album you will want to hear again and again. From the shiny pop-rock of "Morning Night and Day" to the Kraftwerkian electronics of "Krafty," Waiting For the Sirens Call is a pop masterpiece that ranks with the band's best work.

When New Order first emerged from the ashes of Joy Division, Bernard Sumner's tentative vocals were frequently buried deep in the band's densely electronic mix. In the intervening two decades Sumner's confidence as a vocalist has grown consistently. On Waiting For the Sirens Call his voice is central to every song and shines as a gorgeous instrument that effortlessly reflects the varying emotional colors encountered in daily interactions with people from the most intimate of relationships to a more generalized sense of the human race.

Waiting For the Sirens Call is infused with perhaps the warmest, most organic, sound atmosphere yet heard on a New Order album. The cautionary “Hey Now What You Doing” and the jangly “Turn” revel in equal echoes of mid-80’s R.E.M. and mid-70’s California rock. The dreamy “Who’s Joe” goes down smoothly as well. However, New Order haven’t completely abandoned their heavily electronic roots. “I Told You So” is built on an engaging techno-reggae beat and leadoff single “Krafty” is such a perfect recreation of the band’s classic electronic feel that you may check the calendar to ensure it’s not actually 1983.

In the past, New Order have influenced if not wholly shifted the direction of pop and dance music with their own releases. Their classic “Blue Monday” is often cited as a groundbreaking landmark. With its warm, comforting, organic feel, Waiting For the Sirens Call is unlikely to break new ground, but once heard a few times it will linger long on personal playlists. Jangly guitars, crystalline synths and the mellow longing of Bernard Sumner’s voice will stir emotion. Like the best in pop music, it first settles into a comfortable place in the head then ultimately comes to rest in the heart.

Note : Waiting For the Sirens Call is available as a UK import March 28 and in regular US release April 26.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 24th , 2005  
"Jetstream" video is in process to be completed as we speak. The 2nd single (of New Order soon to be release new album "WFTSC") is planned to be release May 16, 2005. Remixes include Arthur Baker, Richard X and Tom Neville.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 24th , 2005  


Pop singer ROBBIE WILLIAMS apologised to former JOY DIVISION rockers PETER HOOK and BERNARD SUMNER when his song ANGELS beat classic Joy Division track LOVE WILL TEAR US APART to a BRIT AWARD earlier this year (05).

Williams was left so red-faced when his song won the Brits 25 Best Song award - honouring the best UK tune of the last quarter of a century - he immediately sought out the veteran stars, who formed NEW ORDER after Joy Division frontman IAN CURTIS killed himself in 1980.

Bassist Hook says, "Robbie came and apologised. We've known him for years and he's a nice guy.

"Me and Bernard were taking the p**s because he knew the score.

I thought he should have given his Brit away - to us. He didn't need another one."

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 24th , 2005  

New Order Day

Saturday March 26


    Waiting for the Siren Call is the new album from New Order (released March 28). 6 Music celebrates their latest release by devoting a day of programming to this seminal and influential British act. Established and emerging artists such as Moby and LCD Soundsystems will explain the impact New Order had on their music tastes and careers. Natasha, Liz Kershaw, and Marc Riley will feature material from New Order past and present, with tracks from the new album, classic sessions and concerts, and an extensive in-studio interview with the band.

    Natasha 0700-1000:
    Natasha looks at the rarer New Order tracks in Killer B-side featuring ‘1963’, originally the flip side of ‘True Faith’. She’ll also play ‘Senses’ recorded in 1981 during their first session for John Peel, and ‘Isolation’ from a later John Peel session on Nov 24th 1998.

    0700 – 1st track Blue Monday
    0815 – Killer B-sides – 1963 with imaging and audio from LCD Soundsystem
    0845 – Senses – 1981
    0940 – Isolation – 1998

    Liz Kershaw 1000-1300:
    Liz continues to raid the archive to play little heard classic session tracks ‘5-8-6’ recorded in 1990, and ‘Slow Jam’ from 2001.  In It’s Alive listeners choose which of 3 live New Order tracks (‘Temptation’, ‘Perfect Kiss’, or ‘Age of Consent’) recorded at the Glastonbury Festival in 1987 by the BBC they want to hear at the end of the show.

    1000 – 1st track Bizzare Love Triangle
    1040 – 5-6-8 – 1990 session
    1140 – Slap My Plaque – New Order theme into Slow Jam – session from 2001

    Rocket Science with Marc Riley 1300-1600:
    The day culminates with an hour long interview with Stephen Morris and Peter Hook, discussing the band’s past, present, and future and previewing 4 tracks off Waiting for the Siren Call.

    1400 – 1st track – True Faith
    1500 – In studio interview with Peter Hook and Stephen Morris
            including 4 new tracks


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 21th , 2005  

Manchester's finest ever band, New Order, return with their new hotly anticipated album 'Waiting For The Sirens' Call' on 28.03.05.

Watch the video for their recent Top 10 single Krafty here.

Click here to pre-order the album online.


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movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 11th , 2005  

New Order Confirmed for Chicago, New York and Turin

May 3rd in Chicago (USA)

May 5th in New York City (USA)

July 2nd Turin (Italy)


More info on the venue soon.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 13th , 2005  

New Order won the Lifetime Award at the DMA (Dance Music Award) in Germany.

New Order Performed at the End of the Show Krafty & Blue Monday.

Lifetime Award: New Order

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 11th , 2005  

New Order Confirmed for Chicago, New York and Turin

May 3rd in Chicago (USA)

May 5th in New York City (USA)

July 2nd Turin (Italy)


More info on the venue soon.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 11th , 2005  

Presale ticket to New Order fan

Hyde Park (London UK) June 24th.

Hyde Park (London UK) June 24th.

Tickets go on sale to the general public from 9am on Saturday 12th march from www.wirelessfestival.co.uk
box office number 0871 - 230 - 5468 for the festival

The event is a 3 stage event for 25,000 people in Hyde park on Friday 24th June
Gates open at 2pm music starts at 4pm
There will be approx 20 bands playing each day with chill out areas, markets, cafes and the usual festival attraction

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 4th , 2005  

The Coming of a New British Invasion

MIAMI (4 March 2005) – Off the Menu Entertainment and Warner Bros. in association Entertainment Weekly and Virgin Atlantic Airways are kick starting the 2005 Winter Music Conference in South Beach (Miami) with a massive album release party for New Order on March 22nd at Mansion nightclub.

Manchester’s finest ever band, New Order, return with their new, hotly anticipated album, “WAITING FOR THE SIRENS’ CALL”. Showcasing New Order’s unique ability to both shake the dance floor and rock the hardest. The new album is for everyone, its eleven songs take in influences as diverse as electro, rock, dancehall and punk, all bound together by New Order’s cool romance, diamond-hard modernity and wild, unparalleled musicality. The first single, “KRAFTY”, is bass-driven, machine-like, ridiculously catchy, and considered by the band to be one of the best tracks they’ve ever made. The album will be officially released on March 28th through London Records.

This is no ordinary album release though, because the band specially requested the rebellious visionaries from Off the Menu Entertainment (OTM) to plan their South Beach album release party for opening night of the Winter Music Conference, March 22nd. “We wanted to plan an event that would allow New Order to preview their new work to the masses while still maintaining an edgy indie vibe. Mansion turned out to be the perfect venue for the expected big turnout, and overlaying the event with the legendary party brand Return to New York really sets us apart from anything else in South Beach” explains Richard Spears, OTM’s Co-founder/ Head of UK & Europe.

New Order’s legendary producer and co-founder of the acclaimed Return to New York party series, Arthur Baker will DJ New Order’s greatest hits. The highlight of the night will feature the band’s charismatic bassist Peter Hook (Hooky) performing a DJ set of the new album along with other notable DJ talent that will be in town for the WMC. Local indie rock aficionados POP LIFE will add to the diversity of the night by spinning in the indie rock room adjacent to the main party.

Mansion Night Club
1235 Washington Ave.
South Beach
For Tickets go to: www.epoplife.com
Event Info 786.222.7947

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 4th , 2005  

From www.mirror.co.uk:



hey are undoubtedly one of the most influential and innovative UK groups of the past 25 years. Yet it seems that New Order are always destined to be haunted by their past. Their 2001 comeback album, Get Ready, coincided with the release of the film 24 Hour Party People which showed how the Manchester band was born – formed by the remaining members of Joy Division after frontman Ian Curtis hanged himself in May 1980.

Now, their new single, Krafty, and album, Waiting For The Siren’s Call, coincide with plans for rock photographer Anton Corbijn to make an Ian Curtis biopic. “I was apprehensive at first,” admits New Order’s jovial bassist Peter Hook. “I didn’t know how Debbie (Curtis’s widow) would react, but I think the right people are involved.

“Ian’s never really gone. He might not be here physically, but he’s certainly here metaphysically. We’ve never ever been without him. I’ve got pictures of him everywhere and we do Joy Division songs onstage now so it’s like he’s never left.

“The worst thing was witnessing his death on 24 Hour Party People. It knocked us all absolutely. Going on the set when they rebuilt the Hacienda and seeing those characters was the freakiest night of my life.”

When Curtis died, the group almost immediately took the decision to carry on, with guitarist Bernard ‘Barney’ Sumner taking over as vocalist. But Sumner and Hook’s relationship has been stormy throughout New Order’s career. So how did they get on making the new album, the first not to feature keyboard player Gillian Gilbert who is taking a sabbatical from the band?

“We had producers and that defuses things,” Hook, 49, says. “We produced some ourselves and, as long as I do what Bernard says, we don’t argue,” he adds, chuckling.

Larger-than-life Hook was also the first choice to take Bez’s slot on the recent Big Brother, but turned the offer down.

“The thing I can’t handle is eating with strangers,” he confesses. “I must admit that if I ever do get the chance to appear on one of those programmes, I will trash it. So if anyone wants it trashed, just phone me.”

Indeed. Hooky was once married to Royle Family creator and star Caroline Aherne and, after they’d separated in 1996, got into a highly publicised punch-up with her new boyfriend, TV researcher Matt Bowers. He’s also a past master of rock ’n’ roll behaviour, once demolishing the dressing room of Glasgow’s Barrowlands.

“Barney was being funny onstage so I went off on one,” he says. “Oasis phoned us up the next day to say what a good job we’d made of it. It’s moments like that that you live for in rock ’n’ roll.”

Still, their greatest moment of rock debauchery came after Joy Division recorded their classic Les Bains Douches live album in Paris in December 1979 and Barney, quite literally, peed over the opposition.

“We’d met Spandau Ballet that afternoon and they told us where they were playing that evening,” recalls Hooky, “so we went along and drank all their booze. Bernard was so infuriated by their apparel that he urinated off the balcony onto the stage below. He nearly got hammered by the bouncers too, which could have been another great moment, but he got away.”

Hooky’s list of those who deserve similar attention is endless, but Bryan McFadden is at the top.

“He’s despicable,” he grimaces. “The way he’s treated his missus is disgusting. Why would anyone still buy his record? He makes Darren Day look like a saint.”

New Order recently won the Godlike Genius gong at the NME Awards, but isn’t it about time The Brits gave them a Lifetime Achievement Award?

“They gave it to Duran Duran last year so you think, ‘P*** off’,” he says. “They obviously have no taste. But of course we’d go along again. It’s great. You just get p****d up and abuse young groups.

“I believe at the Q Awards, although I can’t remember too much, I made Travis have my autograph – the four of them in headlocks. And they took it. I also near had a fight with Stereophonics in the bog. Great! A proper afternoon out. You have to put these whippersnappers in their place.

“The great thing about being a musician is that you’re allowed to be a kid all the time. People expect it and they admire it. The more stupid you are, the better really.”

Comparing pictures of a very young Joy Division and New Order now shows the toll that the rock life has taken on the band.

“But I wouldn’t change anything,” insists Hooky. “The only thing I’d do would be to save Ian. I dropped him off at six o’clock on a Saturday evening and he was dead by midnight. If there was a time machine available that’s where I’d be.”

l Krafty is out on Monday. Waiting For The Siren’s Call is released on March 21.

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From Reprise:

The US release of New Order's new album Waiting For The Sirens' Call will be April 26th and will include a bonus remix of "Guilt Is A Useless Emotion." (Mac Quayle Vocal Mix)

More info on Digital Release

    3/8/05 Digital Release

    Krafty (Radio Edit)

    Krafty (Album version)

    3/22/05 Digital Exclusives


    Krafty (The Glimmers 12" Extended)

    Krafty (The Glimmers Dub Version)

    Yahoo Music

    Krafty (Phones Reality Remix)


    Krafty (Bernard's Re-edit)


    Krafty (Riton Re-Dub Remix)

    3/29/05 Digital Release

    Waiting For The Sirens' Call UK version

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 3rd , 2005  
From the front cover of Music Week:

New Order have confirmed a live date for London's Hyde Park on June 24th, the day before their Saturday night main stage slot at Glastonbury, where they are due to play second on the bill to expected headliners Coldplay.

From Teletext in The U.K
According to teletext (Channel 4 Page 351 /8) the release date for the NEXT New Order album is July 2006.   It quotes Bernard as complaining that his life is so scheduled that he knows this is when the album is out.  Seven track finished (as we know) except for some tinkering!

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) March 2nd , 2005  
From nme.com :

NEW ORDER say they still feel the influence of JOY DIVISION frontman IAN CURTIS.

Speaking to NME.COM bassist Peter Hook said “we don’t see Joy Division as a different group apart from not having Ian there physically. He’s still there mentally. Spiritually.”

The full story of New Order is told in NME out now nationwide, while a documentary about the Godlike Geniuses will air on VH2 next week (March 7).

Featuring live footage and videos the programme ‘From Joy Division To New Order’ is at 7pm on the music channel and charts the Manchester pioneers’ rise.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 25th , 2005  

From nme.com :

NEW ORDER are to play this year’s sold-out T IN THE PARK festival in Scotland.

This year’s event takes place over the weekend of July 9-10 at Balado.

New Order were the recipients of the Godlike Genius gong at this year’s NME Awards, and release new album ’Waiting For The Sirens Call’ on March 28.

A host of other bands have also been confirmed, including headliners Foo Fighters and Green Day, plus The Killers, Ian Brown, Kasabian, Prodigy, Audioslave, Embrace, Keane, Razorlight, Biffy Clyro, The Streets, Beautiful South and The Coral.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 25th , 2005  

From billboard.com:

New Order Pledges North American Shows

New Order bassist Peter Hook says the pioneering rock act plans to play "as many shows as we can" in North America this year, in lieu of the limited appearances the band made here in support of its 2001 album, "Get Ready." As previously reported, New Order will on April 12 release its latest Warner Bros. set, "Waiting for the Sirens' Call."

"We felt very guilty for not coming to America last time," Hook tells Billboard.com. "We only did Moby's [Area: One tour], which was before the album came out. That left us feeling quite annoyed with ourselves,
because we realized how important our support in America has been to us. We wanted to make sure this time that the first thing we do is come over here. We're doing Coachella and then we'll do some dates in
Chicago and New York."

Hook says the band has already begun rehearsing material from the new album, as well as a host of extra tracks that did not make the final cut. He also reveals that New Order may revive a host of back catalog
gems for the first time in ages, but that the time constraints of a typical festival set are making decisions tough.

"We've all been listening to the older stuff and realizing that we'd love to play songs like 'This Time of Night,' 'Leave Me Alone,' 'The Village,' 'Thieves Like Us' and 'Perfect Kiss,'" he says. "But god
knows how we're going to do that. I honestly can't figure it out, because with festivals, you only get to play for an hour usually."

Although not all of the dates are confirmed, New Order is expected to appear at such summer U.K. festivals as Glastonbury, Oxegen and T in the Park.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 21th , 2005  

From Turnmills:





63B Clerkenwell Road, London. EC1M 5NP

Capacity: 400

Info: 020 7250 3409

Tube: Farringdon

Doors: 9pm -3am

Prices: £5 in Advance / £8 on the Door B4 11pm / £10 After / £5 NUS b4 11pm / £8 After

Drinks Offers: 2-4-1’S at the Bar (9-11pm)

Advanced Tickets:  www.ticketweb.co.uk / 08700 600100



Mucking Around on the Decks:

Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays)

Peter Hook (New Order)

Andy Rourke (The Smiths)

Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets)

Phil Smith (Oasis Tour DJ)

Shaun Keaveny (X-FM)

Jeff Automatic (Transmission)

Kav (Get Loaded / Sonic Audio / Happy Mondays)

Live on Stage:

El Presidente (Exclusive London Show)

(Y.O.B) Youth of Britain

The Fades

Dustin's Bartmitzvah

Radio Jamaica (DJ Set)

A year older, none the wiser… but still the same old loveable fool. As Get Loaded takes its first steps in its second year, news of the Get Loaded Live Music Festival in Scotland (Saturday 27th August 2005) hogs the column inches across the northern border. In addition, Get Loaded’s two date 48 Hour Party People live show at London’s Brixton Academy is also fast selling out, as tickets to see The Happy Mondays & The Farm are flying out quicker than they can be printed!!

Following February’s incredible 1st Birthday bash which saw the likes of Shaun Ryder, The Beta Band, Mani and Bez (straight out of Big Brother!!) mucking around on the decks, the Get Loaded posse check out of rehab just in time for another corker on Thursday 3rd March!! Yet more musical giants take their place in the DJ booth, plus as the buzz continues to spread after the release of Rocket, we can reveal that the great El Presidente will be performing an exclusive London Live show in Get Loaded’s Bands Room.

Meanwhile on the DJ front, Shaun Ryder takes centre stage ahead of his forthcoming live outing at Brixton Academy with the Happy Mondays, supported by a staggering mix of old pro’s. New Order’s Peter Hook plays his first set of the New Year, no doubt showcasing a few numbers from their new album "Waiting for the Sirens' Call" (out 28th March). Andy Rourke (The Smiths), Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) and Get Loaded promoter Kav will also be getting loaded together with Phil Smith Oasis’ Tour DJ, who’ll have a few stories to tell no doubt!! X-FM’s Shaun Keaveny is back to play some more indie anthems and we give a special Get Loaded debut to man about town, Jeff Automatic (Transmission). Friday mornings will never be the same again. You gotta roll with it…

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 19th , 2005  

From London Records:



The video was directed by Swedish director and singer Johan Renck a.k.a Stakka Bo who previously has directed videos for Madonna ("Nothing Else Matters") Suede ("She's in fashion"), Maxwell ("Let's not play the game")and  New Order video "Crystal" in 2001.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 18th , 2005  

From nme.com :




Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris were present to collect their award which not only celebrates their own constantly innovative and exciting approach to music, but also the influence the Manchester band have had on acts across the musical spectrum.

Formed in 1976 as Warsaw, with original singer Ian Curtis the band quickly became Joy Division, and though their recorded output was extremely limited their brutal and challenging post punk left a distinctive and lasting impression.

Evolving into New Order after Curtis’ suicide in 1980, the band were pioneers and delivered a series of anthems including ’Blue Monday’, ’Truth Faith’ and ’Ceremony’ that have being embraced as lasting classics in both the dance and rock circles, with bands including Franz Ferdinand, Chemical Brothers, Interpol, The Killers and The Bravery citing them as an important influence.

Godlike Genious Award
New Order and Joy Division

Accepting their God Like Genius award singer Bernard Sumner said: "I'd like to thank the rest of the band for putting up with my ego."

Bassist Peter Hook also thanked the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.

Sumner added: "Thank you everyone and we are honoured to get this award. I'd like to thank NME - the NME helped us out when we were just starting out and twenty years old."


New Order then took to the stage to play a four song live set which featured ‘Crystal' (dedicated to The Killers), new single 'Krafty', 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and ’Blue Monday'.



Previous winner Godlike Genius

Ozzy Osbourne(2004) The Clash (2003) Nick Kent (2002) U2 (2001) Shaun Ryder (2000) Massive Attack (1999)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 18th , 2005  

From Independent.co.uk :

New Order Interview

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From Sirendisc.com:

Krafty: Tracks: 1.Single Edit 2.Glimmers 12" Extended Mix 3.Phones Reality Mix 4.Glimmers Dub Mix.
Country: U.K.
Format: 12" SINGLE VINYL
Expected Release Date: 7-Mar-05

Krafty (2 versions): Tracks: 1.Single Edit 2.Album Version
Country: U.K.
Expected Release Date: 7-Mar-05

Krafty (4 versions): Tracks: 1.Glimmers 12" Extended Mix 2.Phones Reality Mix 3.Andy Green Mix 4.Album Version Re-Edit.
Country: U.K.
Expected Release Date: 7-Mar-05

Waiting For The Siren's Call: Country: U.K.
Format: 2-LP VINYL
Expected Release Date: 28-Mar-05

Waiting For The Siren's Call: Tracks: 1.Who's Joe 2.Hey Now What You Doing 3.Waiting For The Siren's Call 4.Krafty 5.I Told You So 6.Morning Night And Day 7.Dracula's Castle 8.Jetstream 9.Guilt Is A Useless Emotion 10.Turn 11.Working Overtime.
Country: U.K.
Format: CD
Expected Release Date: 28-Mar-05

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 16th , 2005  
From nme.com:

NEW ORDER have revealed that they "burnt out" following 1993’s ’REPUBLIC’ album, explaining their more relaxed workrate over the past decade.

The band have released just one album - ’Get Ready’ in 2001 - in the past ten years, and have said that a career-spanning gruelling touring schedule left the group feeling the strain.

Singer Bernard Sumner said: "From the days of Joy Division to the ’Republic’ album, we'd just been touring, and we got burnt out, really."

He added: "We needed to get off the road and dry off for a bit."

However, New Order’s new album ’Waiting For The Sirens Call’ will be released on March 28, with the single ’Krafty’ preceding it two weeks earlier.

Other tracks slated to appear on the album include 'Jetstream', 'Waiting For The Sirens Call', 'Working Overtime' and 'I Told You So'.

The album is divided between guitar tracks in the vein of ‘Get Ready’ and the synth-based tunes that are their trademark.

Sumner told Rolling Stone: "It's pretty rock-y. Reason being, we don't really go out to clubs anymore. We don't own a club anymore. And in order to be a part of that kind of music, you have to be involved in it."

The band have also added new guitarist Phil Cunningham to the line-up. Original members Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris have not had a regular fourth bandmate since longtime keyboard player Gillian Gilbert left to focus on her children.

Sumner said: "It's good to have someone else because I used to have to do all the guitar, and the vocals, and the keyboards."

New Order are set to appear at this year’s Glastonbury festival as well as at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival on May 1 in California.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 10th , 2005  

Literally finished yesterday by Peter Saville. There is it New Order new album cover "WAITING FOR THE SIRENS' CALL" expected release in UK March 28th

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 10th , 2005  

From Brits :

Love Will Tear Us Apart was nominated for a Brit Award in the Best Song of the past 25 years.


1. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
2. Angels - Robbie Williams
3. We Are The Champions - Queen
4. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
5. Leave Right Now - Will Young

Joy Division nominations

2005 BRITs25 - best song award Nominated
Inspired by the now legendary Sex Pistols gig at Manchester's Free Trade Hall in1976, Ian Curtis hooked up with fellow Mancunians Peter Hook and Bernard ‘Barney’ Sumner to form a Velvet Underground-influenced rock band. After several changes in name – Stiff Kittens became Warsaw became Joy Division – and personnel – the band eventually settled on drummer Stephen Morris – they eventually signed up with Tony Wilson’s nascent Factory label.

Two top ten albums, Closer and Still soon followed, but Love Will Tear Us Apart, first performed on a 1979 Peel session, was to be the band’s first and only appearance in the singles chart during their lifetime. On May 18th 1980, Ian Curtis, recently diagnosed with epilepsy, was found hanged in his kitchen.

Though the remaining members of Joy Division re-emerged later as New Order, the haunting Love Will Tear Us Apart remains a monument to Ian Curtis’ tragic talent.


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 6th , 2005  
From nme.com:

COLDPLAY, NINE INCH NAILS, NEW ORDER and WEEZER are set to top the bill at the sixth Californian COACHELLA FESTIVAL.

A host of British acts including Razorlight , Kasabian, The Futureheads, Bloc Party, Keane, Snow Patrol, The Chemical Brothers, Doves, Prodigy, Katie Melua, Roots Manuva, British Sea Power and Stereophonics will also play over the two-day event, which runs over the weekend of April 30-May 1. The festival will again take place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, a desert hot spot two hours outside of LA.

After festival bosses brought a reunited Stoogesto the line up in 2003 and helped get the Pixies back together for their 2004 show, Coachella 2005 will follow the tradition of bringing back reformed groups by hosting Bauhaus and Cocteau Twins in this year’s line-up.

"With the Cocteau Twins - I just kept persevering," festival promoter Paul Tollett told NME.COM. "The same guy who helped me with Pixies, helped me with that one. We just want to have all different types [of artists]. We’re not looking for bands that haven’t been around necessarily, just different types of music that add up."


The official Coachella line-up is :

Saturday April 30

  • Coldplay / Cocteau Twins / Weezer / The Chemical Brothers / Wilco / Cafe Tacuba / Keane / Rilo Kiley / Doves / Armin Van Buuren / The Raveonettes / Bloc Party / Hernan Cattaneo / DJ Peretz / Zap Mama / Amp Fiddler / M83 / ambulance LTD / Fantomas / Four Tet / MF Doom / Josh Wink / The Secret Machines / Tiga / Spoon / The Kills / Sage Francis / Boom Bip / Katie Melua / Shout Out Louds / Donavon Frankenreiter / DJ Marky / Immortal Technique / Jean Grae / Razorlight / Swayzak / k-os / Buck 65 / Eisley / The Sexy Magazines

Sunday May 1st

  • Nine Inch Nails / New Order / Gang of Four / Bright Eyes / Prodigy / Black Star / The Faint / Snow Patrol / The Arcade Fire / Roni Size / Roots Manuva / DJ Krush / Junkie XL / M.I.A. / British Sea Power / The Dresden Dolls / Miss Kitten / The Fiery Furnaces / The Perceptionists / Jem / Matthew Dear / Sixtoo / Tegan and Sara / Diplo / Subtle / Aesop Rock / Stereophonics / Matmos / Beans / The Bravery / The Futureheads / Wolf Eyes / The Blood Brothers / Kasabian / Radio 4 / Sloan / Autolux / Gram Rabbit / Zion I

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 5th , 2005  

New Order live at the NME Awards 2005

Peter Hook did revealed one of New Order best secret, New Order will be playing live at the upcoming New Musical Express Awards 2005. The ceremony will be held at the Hammersmith Palais on Thursday February 17th. We should expect "Krafty", their new single.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 4th , 2005  

From Guardian.co.uk :

Peter Hook and Bloc Party Interview

click here

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From Warner.de:

New Order new cover for their new single "Krafty" release March 7th, 2005. As usual Peter Saville is behind it.


(Thanks to Rudolf L. for the info)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) February 2th , 2005  

From mtv uk :

New Order – 'Gwen Has Shafted Us'

New Order have got a whole lot of beef of their chests about a collaboration with Gwen Stefani.

Speaking to MTV News, the Mancunian icons explained that Stefani approached them about collaborating on a track, they eventually accepted, and now they very much regret it. "Gwen sent us a track she felt was a bit New Order-like, and I did some backing vocals on it and Hooky played some bass," said Bernard.

But that was the last the boys heard from Ms Stefani, they went on to reveal, even after a version of their work appeared on her album. And are they pleased with the finished product? "It's shite," said Hooky.

"It was an insult! To do all that work and then to get completely ignored - I was lead down the garden path and then shagged when I got to the end of it."

New Order's new album 'Waiting For The Siren's Call' is released on March 28.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 25 , 2005  

From Billboard.com:

New Order Oozes 'Heart And Soul' On New CD

New Order experienced a burst of creativity as it prepared to record "Waiting for the Sirens' Call," its first album since 2001's "Get Ready." , the 11-track set is due March 28 via Warner Bros. in the United Kingdom and April 26 in North America. First single "Krafty" is due for commercial release on a date to be announced.

The propulsive, smile-inducing track was premiered late last week on BBC Radio 1. Warner Music Japan's Web site is also streaming the single
( NEW ORDER - Krafty (album version), which features shades of Joy Division's "Atmosphere" at its outset and the classic New Order single "Regret" during its bridges.We usually do just enough for an album -- 10 songs and it's done," frontman Bernard Sumner says. "[But] the seven tracks left off 'Sirens'' are so strong that they are likely to form the basis of a future LP."

Guitarist Phil Cunningham, who toured with New Order in support of "Get Ready," makes his studio debut on the new album. "I found it strange at first," he says, "because New Order use a lot of technology. And sometimes they reject stuff because it sounds 'too New Ordery.'"

But as Sumner points out, "It's the heart and the soul of New Order that's important," explains Bernard. "If something sounds like a pastiche, that's not good enough."

The album was co-produced by the band with Stephen Street, John Leckie and Stuart Price. Scissor Sisters vocalist Ana Matronic guests on "Jetstream." Other tracks set for inclusion are "Working Overtime," "I Told You So" and "Hey Now What You Doing."

New Order will tour in the months ahead in support of the new album and is one of the top acts rumored for the sixth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 30-May 1 in Indio, Calif.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 21 , 2005  

From New Order PR company:




After the planet-shagging success of 2001’s “Get Ready” and 2002’s ‘this-is-how-you-do-it’ four CD boxset “Retro”, Manchester’s finest ever band, New Order, return with their new, hotly anticipated album, “WAITING FOR THE SIRENS’ CALL”. Showcasing New Order’s unique ability to both shake the dancefloor and rock the hardest, Sirens is that rare thing: an album for everyone. Its eleven songs take in influences as diverse as electro, rock, dancehall and punk, all bound together by New Order’s cool romance, diamond-hard modernity and wild, unparalleled musicality.

First single, “KRAFTY”, is bass-driven, machine-like, ridiculously catchy. The title track is wistful and sublime, considered by the band to be one of the best tracks they’ve ever made. Then there’s the perfect pop of “JETSTREAM’ (Bernard’s vocals augmented by Scissor Sister Ana Matronic); the wry, hilarious regret of “MORNING NIGHT AND DAY”; “I TOLD YOU SO”’s reckless ragga lope; the Iggy stomper “WORKING OVERTIME”; the anthemic, tuneful “ROAD TO RUIN”. “WAITING FOR THE SIRENS’ CALL” is the diverse, devastating, delicious sound of a great band at its peak.

This energetic, upbeat album was carefully recorded over seven months, using a ‘Who’s Who’ of producers, including Stephen Street, John Leckie, Stuart Price and New Order themselves. A sustained burst of song-writing by the band resulted in 18 completed songs, a first for New Order – Bernard: “We usually do just enough for an album, ten songs and it’s done”; the seven tracks left off “Sirens” are so strong that they are likely to form the basis of a future LP. Phil Cunningham, recruited as guitarist when New Order took “Get Ready” on the road, had the privilege of being invited by Bernard, Hooky and Steve to join the song-writing process for this new record. “I found it strange at first,” he says, “because New Order use a lot of technology. And sometimes they reject stuff because it sounds ‘too New Ordery’”.

“It’s the heart and the soul of New Order that’s important,” explains Bernard. “If something sounds like a pastiche, that’s not good enough.”

Rejecting the obvious has always been New Order’s technique: in their 28 year career, they’ve changed the face of pop music on more than one occasion. As Joy Division, they ripped up rock’s rule book by making music that was heavy and subtle, glacial, yet full of lament: “Love Will Tear Us Apart” has just been chosen as one of The Brits 25 best songs ever written. Then, as New Order, they were light years ahead of the dance scene with the world’s best-ever-selling 12” single “Blue Monday”, before bringing Madchester to the masses with the platinum-selling album “Technique”. As an aside, they made the only cool football anthem ever made, “World In Motion” – it went to Number One – as well as having hits with various side projects such as Electronic, Monaco and The Other Two.

The New Order legacy is undeniable, yet the band keeps coming up with more. “Waiting For The Sirens Call” is so packed with pop tunes, it sounds like a Greatest Hits. Bernard’s lyrics cover computers, hangovers, the folly of man’s lust - and even Dracula’s castle (a reference to St Catherine’s, the Jane Seymour-owned studio where part of “Sirens” was recorded). His voice has never sounded better, Hooky’s mournful, gorgeous bass twists throughout, Phil’s guitars add warmth and depth, and Steven’s drumming and looping show the imitators how it’s done.

There is no other band that unites both “spotty students and football hooligans” (Bernard), as well as housewives and rock stars, the art set and the mainstream, indie-lovers and dance nutters. No other band that can wring such emotion from machines, or make guitars sound so fresh. Noone else is so spiky, so startling, innovative and inspirational; noone else makes pop music for clever people that hits the heart as well as the head. In 2005, when every other up-and-coming band cites Joy Division and New Order as inspirations, it’s fantastic to have the real deal back – and on such blistering form.

TRACKLIST (with production credits)

Who’s Joe? (produced by New Order)

Steve: “It’s a nice uptempo number, along the lines of Guilty Partner and Dream Attack. It came quite easily, it was deposited on earth fully formed, a lovely baby. And it’s got a funny clangy noise in it. My speciality.”

Bernard: “It reminds me of Joy Division, it’s got that heaviness. Who’s Joe? Absolutely no idea. To me, it’s the story of a tramp.”

Hey Now What You Doing (Stephen Street)

Bernard: “It’s fresh. It doesn’t remind me of anything we’ve done before. I was thinking of a lad from Moss Side when I was writing the lyrics.”

Phil: “It’s got power and it’s instant. It came from my guitar riff idea, so I like it, and it’s quite easy to play.”

Steve: “It’s daring of Bernard to try rhyming future and computer. I admire that.”

Waiting For The Sirens’ Call (New Order)

Hooky: “Barney’s done really well with the vocals and the lyrics are really good. They’re about travelling, I think. It’s his yachting influence.”

Bernard: “It’s my favourite track. The backing track’s brilliant, Hooky’s bass is fantastic on it. It made me crap it a bit, because I thought, If I don’t get the vocals right, I’m going to destroy a classic song. I don’t know quite what’s it about. Could it be about death? Or infidelity. It’s not about me in particular.”

Krafty (John Leckie)

Hooky: “I was working with Hybrid, and wrote this middle bit of a track, and thought, That’s too good to leave there, I’m having that, so I asked them and they said, That’s fine. And it turned into Krafty. And it’s just great.”

Steve: “It started as a jam, a bit like Lonnie Donegan. But then we put electronic noises in there.”

I Told You So (New Order)

Bernard: “I was on holiday on my boat in the Caribbean, tuning in a shortwave radio into all these mad stations. The beats were fantastic, really interesting. So I recorded some stuff off the radio, and used it as the inspiration for a song. I like it because it starts off with these dancehall beats and then turns into Velvet Underground somewhere in the middle, and I like both of those things.”

Phil: “It’s bonkers, isn’t it?”

Morning Night And Day (Stephen Street)

Phil: “It reminds me of Primal Scream, the sentiment and the rocky Stones-y vibe. But it’s actually quite programmed.”

Bernard: “That one is autobiographical. It is definitely about my life. My life as it used to be. Actually, it’s about Phil’s life.”

Hooky: “Oh god. When you get to our age, the hangovers are so massive, they last for about a week.”

Dracula’s Castle (John Leckie)

Hooky: “That started as a jam with me, Phil and Steve.”

Bernard: “St Catherine’s, where this was partly recorded, was built by Henry VIII for one of his illegitimate daughters. It was a courthouse for a bit and I wrote lyrics in this room where people were judged and tried. It had an old fireplace, and was all lit by candles. It was a creative room but very spooky. That’s why Dracula’s castle is in there.”

Jetstream (Stuart Price)

Bernard: “I must admit I was a bit dubious when Ana Matronic was suggested as a singer, but she did a fantastic job, really lifted the song. We knew it was a good track, but it needed something that we couldn’t give it.”

Phil: “We were aware we had mainly rock tracks, so we consciously wrote something to dance to.”

Guilt Is A Useless Emotion (Stuart Price)

Bernard: “A very difficult song to write, with a tortuous route to get to where it is now! I can’t categorise it, but loosly, it is a dance record. Get Ready had no dance tunes, which we were very aware of, especially after we toured that record in 2001. It’s important to keep the balance.

Hooky: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

Turn (Stephen Street)

Hooky: “We wrote this when it was miserable and rainy, and we wanted to cheer ourselves up!”

Phil: “It’s very upbeat and summery”.

Working Overtime (Stephen Street)

Hooky: “I think this should be a single. It’s dead rocky. I play it when I DJ and people go mad.”

Steve: “I love this one because it’s based around my drum riff. It sounds a bit Stoogey, but it’s not meant to be. But most of music is thievery isn’t it? Sometimes I hear a song on the radio and think, This is good, is it one of ours? Then the red mist descends and I think, You robbing bastards!”

Bernard: “I was worried that things were getting a bit flowery and melodic and chordy, so it’s great to have a track like this, with a dumb one finger riff. You should never forget that the best music is simple and you don’t have to be a great musician to make it.”


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 20 , 2005  

The Guardian

Wilson launches Factory Records mark IV

Dave Simpson
Thursday January 20, 2005

Tony Wilson, the former boss of Factory Records, has started a new label. F4 Records is the fourth incarnation of the landmark independent label, once the home of Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays. The first single will appear on February 21 - Where We Live, by the Moss Side collective Raw-T.

Wilson says he decided to act after seeing bands he liked signing with majors and being "ruined". Unlike Factory's successors Factory Too and Factory Records Limited, F4 will not be funded by a major label.

"I decided to do it from home like I began Factory," says Wilson, who has pulled together £30,000 for recording, marketing and manufacturing. "All I needed was a band."

In 1979 Wilson ploughed his life savings into making Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album after the band were ignored by record companies. The album was an instant classic and established Factory until its eventual bankruptcy in 1992.

Wilson discovered Joy Division (who became New Order after singer Ian Curtis's 1980 suicide) in a Manchester bar; he watched Raw-T in a local studio after his young son came home raving about the quartet.

"I hate English kids rapping - complete crap," Wilson says. "But these four little MCs blew me away. Sure enough, every major in London has looked at them. It's only when you work with them that you realise they are geniuses. I was amazed when they walked into the studio carrying reporter's notebooks. They spend all their time scribbling poetry."

Raw-T's first publicity photos have been taken by Ian Curtis's daughter, Natalie. Wilson hopes the band - whose £800 video is already being shown on MTV - will be his third important act. "I'm looking for my hat-trick," he says.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 19 , 2005  

From NME.com :


NEW ORDER have spoken to NME.COM about their long-awaited new album.

Recorded over the past year, ‘Waiting For The Sirens Call’ is divided between guitar tracks in the vein of previous album ‘Get Ready’ and the synth-based tunes that are their trademark.

A single, ‘Krafty’, will be released in advance of the album and, as normal, sleeve art will be designed by Peter Saville.

Other tracks slated to appear on the album include 'Road To Ruin', 'Jetstream', 'Waiting For The Siren's Call', 'MiniDisc 2', 'Pop', 'Working Overtime', 'I Told You So'.

Bernard Sumner told NME.COM: "The last album was guitar-heavy simply because we felt that we'd left that instrument alone for a long time and we thought that was what the general trend was and that was what people wanted to hear.

"But when we started doing live gigs, we found that people got off on the more dance orientated and synth stuff just as much. This album really is split into two halves, it’s a mixture of the two, because that’s what New Order fans like."

The album also marks a consolidation of New Order as a unit after the cautious nature of ‘Get Ready’ – which had been their first album a bitter eight-year hiatus.

Sumner continued: "Let's not beat about the bush, we did fall out with each other. We didn't actually split up, but we did fall out. But I'd challenge anyone to go through what we went through and not fall out with each other. You're compressed together like sardines for years on end, and eventually somebody's bound to react, and I think what happened with New Order then was we just burnt out. We were burning the candle at both ends, but we're back to a normal situation now."

The band also took the chance to blow one particular myth regarding the album out of the water. "They claimed that we had to change some of our songs because of The Killers," said Stephen Morris. "Which is a rumour started by The Killers!"

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 18 , 2005  

From NME.com:


The wife of late JOY DIVISION singer IAN CURTIS has said that the forthcoming film of his life was almost shelved for good.

Celebrated rock photographer Anton Corbijn – most renowned for his work with U2 – has been confirmed as the director of the movie, which has a working title of ‘Control’. Deborah Curtis (Ian’s widow) and former Factory Records boss Anthony Wilson will both have co-producer roles on the film.

Deborah Curtis told NME.COM: "There was a time when I thought it would be better not to make the film at all. But I definitely think we’ve assembled the right people to tell Ian’s story."

The film will be based on Deborah’s book ‘Touching From A Distance’. Curtis committed suicide in 1980, aged just 23. A movie project documenting his troubled life had first been mooted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but the Curtis family had never been fully happy with the proposals until now.

Wilson said: "Whenever Hollywood gets involved in the music industry, the end product is invariably shit, apart from a few films – ’24 Hour Party People’ was one of them. Ian’s story is such a sensitive one, we had to get the right people on board to tell it."

Asked how ‘Control’ would differ from ’24 Hour Party People’, which told the story of the rise and fall of Factory Records, Wilson replied: "They want to do the real story of Ian – warts and all. People have many conflicting views as to why Ian actually committed suicide, and this film will maybe reflect some of those views."

The film will be Corbijn’s first feature-length project as a director. The Dutch-born photographer had a long working relationship with the band, photographing their early press shots and directing the video for the track ‘Atmosphere’.

He said: "When I was growing up in Holland, Joy Division were a band that really moved me. The NME was like a bible and Paul Morley’s interviews with Joy Division really inspired me. Joy Division are the reason I moved to England in the first place. That was 25 years ago, and I feel really honoured to be directing the story of Ian’s life 25 years later."

The screenplay has been written by Manchester writer Matt Greenhalgh and is set to go into production in July. Casting will begin in March.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 15 , 2005  

From Brits :

Nominees 2005

Love Will Tear Us Apart has been nominated for a Brit Award in the Best Song of the past 25 years. From Friday 21st Jan until Sun 30th Jan you can vote for it. Simply register and cast your vote.



1. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
2. Angels - Robbie Williams
3. We Are The Champions - Queen
4. Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush
5. Leave Right Now - Will Young

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 11 , 2005  

From BBC6 :

New Order unveiled their new album to the UK music industry at a series of playbacks in London on Monday afternoon.

The album, their eighth, and the first since 2001's 'Get Ready', is called 'Waiting For The Sirens Call'.

It had been rumoured to be a pure dance album, along the lines of 1989's 'Technique', but in fact mixes dance tracks with rockier songs.

Written in Manchester and recorded in Manchester, Liverpool and London, the record was produced by Stephen Street.

The playback was introduced by Warners MD Korda Marshall, who said the band plan to release three singles from the album: Krafty - one of the more electronic numbers, the title track  and the poppy Jetstream Lover, which features Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic.

Several tracks press all the right classic New Order buttons ie, great bassline, wistful vocals, endearingly appalling lyrics, and the final track of the record sounded like the Stooges.


www.bbc.co.uk (Thanks Bob C.)

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 11 , 2005  

From Warner UK:

New Order first single "Krafty" to be release March 7th 2005 follow by the album "Waiting for the Siren's call" March 28th 2005.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 11 , 2005  

Story from NME.COM:


NEW ORDER have unveiled further details of their forthcoming studio album.

The LP, ‘Waiting For The Sirens Call’, is set to be released on March 28 via Warner Music and will be preceded by a new single 'Krafty' two weeks before.

Other song titles slated to feature on the album, which signals a return to the band’s dance period in the late 1980s, include ‘Jetstream’ and ‘Sugarcane’.

The LP, which was recorded in Bath, has been co-produced by veterans Stephen Street and John Leckie.

Guitarist Phil Cunningham has also replaced keyboardist Gillian Gilbert as a full time member of the Manchester band.

Cunningham, who previously performed with New Order singer Bernard Sumner in Electronic, filled in for Gilbert during the group’s last tour in 2001/2002.

At the time the former keyboardist was forced to pull out so that she could care for her ill daughter.

Thanks to David Sydenham for the scan

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 08 , 2005  

Story from NME.COM:


Full details have emerged about the much-awaited biopic of former JOY DIVISION frontman IAN CURTIS.

Celebrated rock photographer Anton Corbijn – most renowned for his work with U2 - has been confirmed as the director of the movie. It is his first time as a film director. Deborah Curtis, the widow of Ian Curtis, and former Factory Records boss Anthony Wilson will both have executive producer roles on the film.

The film’s working title is ‘Control’ and is based on Deborah Curtis’ touching book account of Ian’s life ‘Touching From A Distance’. A film documenting Curtis’ life had been planned for a number of years, but Curtis’ family had never been happy with the proposals until now.

Anthony Wilson said at a press conference in Manchester today (January 7): "Whenever Hollywood gets involved in the music industry, the end product is invariably shit. Apart from a few films. ’24 Hour Party People’ was one of them. I think we’ve got the right team together to convey the spirit of Ian on film."

The film marks Anton Corbijn’s debut as a film director. The photographer had a long working relationship with the band, photographing their first ever press shots and also directing the video for their track ‘Atmosphere’.

He said: "When I was growing up in Germany, Joy Division were a band that really moved me. The NME was like a bible and Paul Morley’s interviews with Joy Division really inspired me. Joy Division are the reason I moved to England in the first place."

The film is due to go into production in July. Casting will begin in March/April, and the production team have confirmed that a number of "very established screen actors" have already been approached to play the part of Curtis.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 08 , 2005  

He's got control again: Wilson film to chart life of Joy Division singer

By Ian Herbert, North of England Correspondent

Published : 08 January 2005

When the Manchester band Joy Division started out 28 years ago, they could scarcely play their instruments, made just two albums and disbanded within three years. But further evidence of the enduring appeal of their music and the Manchester music scene they inhabited in the 1970s and 1980s arrived yesterday with details of a film about the troubled life of lead singer Ian Curtis, who hanged himself on the eve of Joy Division's first US tour.

The film, being made under the working title Control, a quality Curtis painfully lacked, is the second in as many years to focus on the post-punk scene that developed in the city.

Rival teams have planned biopics of Curtis's life, in an attempt to follow the success of Michael Winterbottom's 2002 hit 24-Hour Party People and tap interest demonstrated by Morrissey's spectacular return to the limelight last year.

But Curtis's widow Deborah - on whose celebrated memoir of life with the band the film will be based - has been persuaded that the US producer Orian Williams (Shadow of the Vampire) is to be entrusted with the story which will bring to life a man who, to many, remains a legend in name alone.

Mrs Curtis will act as co-producer to Williams, along with Tony Wilson, whose Factory Records label formed the basis of Winterbottom's film. The highly rated young Manchester writer Matt Greenhalgh, creator of Manchester's BBC drama Burn It will develop Mrs Curtis's book Touching From a Distance into a screenplay.

Wilson insisted yesterday that the rival bid, with London-based Neal Weisman and musical input from New Yorker Moby, could not succeed without Mrs Curtis's co-operation.

The engagement of Greenalgh and Wilson demonstrates the effort Williams is making to keep the film true to Manchester and to the Curtis "look and accent". At a press conference near the Lesser Free Trade Hall, where Joy Division played, he ruled out American actors.

While Winterbottom dealt with the story of Curtis's death, the film aims to capture the energy of the Macclesfield-born singer. "Given his suicide, there's so much concentration on the dark side of his life," said Todd Eckert, another producer. "We want to also concentrate on the energy that made people love Ian and Joy Division, and put difficult elements such as his epilepsy into perspective. In the US, there is intense interest in this individual who remains such an influence but whose face is unknown."

Curtis joined Joy Division after answering an advert for lead vocalist in 1976. The group's first album, Unknown Pleasures, revealed the distinctive voice and bleak, expressive style which became famous on songs including "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and "She's Lost Control''. The band began to record sessions for John Peel. "I didn't discover Joy Division; they made magnificent records and I played them because I loved them," Peel said.

Much of the band's originality derived from the dysfunctional, introspective personality of Curtis, a songwriter and manic performer whose stage presence was likened by one rock journalist to "a demented marionette or a man in flames".

Then, on 18 May 1980, just as the band prepared to leave, Curtis was found hanged in his Macclesfield home. A copy of Iggy Pop's "The Idiot" was on his stereo next to a note which read, 'At this moment, I wish I were dead. I just can't cope with any more.' The singer was epileptic and there were suggestions then that his depression may have been caused by mishandled medication.

The surviving members of Joy Division - Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris - had more success as New Order, although Sumner said a year later: "Ian's death will affect me now and it will affect me for ever." New Order built up a national following from their northern base, paving the way for the success of the raucous "Madchester" bands The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

Musicians from Bono and the Cure to the Gallagher brothers cite Joy Division as formative influences on their music.

Mrs Curtis's memoir, published in 1995, describes the effects of living with her husband's infidelity, his obsession with pain and a cult of masculinity antithetical to women, babies, and family life, which the band adopted. At their greatest fame, they barred wives and girlfriends from gigs. "If Ian was going to play the tortured soul on stage, it would be easier without the watchful eye of the woman who washed his underpants," Mrs Curtis wrote.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 07 , 2005  

Story from BBC NEWS:

Joy Division story to become film

The life of late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis is to be made into a film, it has been announced.

The Manchester-based production is called Touching From A Distance, after a book by Curtis's widow Deborah which forms the basis for the film.

Music mogul Tony Wilson, who headed the record company Joy Division were signed to, will be co-executive producer.

This is much more than the music - Ian Curtis's fame lives on 24 years after his death

The musician committed suicide in 1980 aged 23, shortly before the band were due to go on tour in the US.

Mr Wilson, who has remained friends with Curtis's widow and daughter Natalie, who he says asked for his involvement to make the film "official".

"People have different ideas as to why Ian committed suicide, so maybe the film will reflect those different views," he told the BBC News website.

This is much more than the music - they want to do the real story of Ian
Music mogul Tony Wilson

Plans for a separate Joy Division film had been announced at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, but the project did not get off the ground as it failed to get the backing of Curtis's family.

Mr Wilson, who was also involved with Joy Division's successor band New Order, as well as the Happy Mondays, said he would "rather not" appear in the film.

He made a cameo appearance in 24 Hour Party People, in which his leading role was played by Steve Coogan.

"I'm not an actor and I did a lousy job playing my part in 24 Hour Party People," said the Factory Records founder, who has been associated with the Manchester music scene since the 1970s.

"Film people have a tendency to mess up when they touch music, but I hope this one works.

Biopic plans

"This is much more than the music - they want to do the real story of Ian," he said.

The film is to be directed by Dutch-born Anton Corbijn, who has made music movies for Depeche Mode and U2.

It will be produced by a US production company, while the widow of Ian Curtis will also be an executive producer.

By Michael Osborn
BBC News entertainment reporter


movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 06 , 2005  

From Warner France:

Warner France is reporting New Order first single "Krafty" to be release March 14th 2005 follow by the album "Waiting for the Siren's call" March 28th 2005.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 05 , 2005  
Story from NME.COM:


GWEN STEFANI was so keen to collaborate with NEW ORDER on her solo album that she refused to take no for an answer.

'Love Angel Music Baby' features a host of collaborators including Andre 3000, Dr Dre, Eve and the The Neptunes – and the No Doubt frontwoman was determined to score a track with Manchester's returning godfathers.

However, the band themselves have told NME.COM that when she approached them asking them to write her a song, they declined.

Singer Bernard Sumner said: "She asked us (to write a song) but we told her that because we were in the middle of writing our own album, we wanted to keep the good songs for ourselves."

Undeterred, Stefani went away and wrote the track 'The Real Thing' in the style of New Order, which the band then came and played on.

The appreciation between the two artists is mutual. When asked about the best thing he has heard recently, Sumner immediately said the Jacques Lu Cont remix of Stefani's single 'What You Waiting For?'.

"I was really knocked out by it," he said: "And I know it sounds like New Order, but it's like seeing yourself in a mirror and someone's re-interpreted. That's the most recent thing I've heard that I've been impressed by. Loved it, absolutely loved it."

Jacques Lu Cont is currently remixing tracks from New Order's forthcoming new album, due in March.

movingMap.gif (21803 bytes) January 04 , 2005  

Story from BBC NEWS:

BRITs 25 Song Award

To mark the 25th anniversary of the BRIT awards next year, Davina McCall is launching a search to find the public's all time favourite 'British' single.

Via the Radio 2 website - votes are being requested for the Best Song of the last 25 years and LWTUA is among the candidates.

Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

Recorded a mere two months before lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide but released a month after his death, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is the sound of despair in musical form.


Bands begin battle for best song
David Bowie, Coldplay and the Bee Gees are among a list of 25 musicians doing battle for a new best song award at the Brits, Radio 2 has announced.
Presenter Davina McCall unveiled the nominees on her Monday afternoon show and then asked listeners to vote for their top five hits.

The five will be named at the Brits nominations on 10 January and the winner at the awards on 10 February.

The award has been introduced to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Brit awards.

The longlist has been chosen by a panel made up of members of the music industry and media and it includes a wide range of musical genres.

Bowie made the list of 25 for his hit Heroes, Coldplay is on the list for
Yellow and the Bee Gees were chosen for Night Fever.

Also on the longlist are True by Spandau Ballet, Careless Whisper by George
Michael, Angels by Robbie Williams and Dry Your Eyes by The Streets.

Colin Martin, editor of BBC Radio 2 Music, who sat on the panel, added:
"Distilling over a quarter century of hits to a list of 25 to be voted on by
Radio 2 listeners has been one of the most difficult tasks I have ever
shared in."

Listeners to Radio 2's Ken Bruce show will be able to hear the top five
songs between Monday 17 January and Friday 21 January.

Voting will be open via the internet, text and telephone from 21-30 January
to decide on the best song.

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The songs are:

1. Heroes by David Bowie
2. We Are The Champions by Queen
3. Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush
4. Night Fever by Bee Gees
5. London Calling by The Clash
6. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
7. That's Entertainment by The Jam
8. I Don't Want To Talk About It by Rod Stewart
9. Look of Love by ABC
10. Golden Brown by The Stranglers
11. True by Spandau Ballet
12. Careless Whisper by George Michael
13. Holding Back The Years by Simply Red
14. Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel
15. Sacrifice by Elton John
16. Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack
17. Why by Annie Lennox
18. Fields of Gold by Sting
19. Kiss From A Rose by Seal
20. Wonderwall by Oasis
21. Angels by Robbie Williams
22. Yellow by Coldplay
23. Babylon by David Gray
24. Leave Right Now by Will Young
25. Dry Your Eyes by The Streets


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