30 June 2004Referential
Another day, another museum: this time Frank Lloyd-Wright's 1950s masterpiece the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum. Towards the end of the 'Speaking With Hands' photography exhibition, there was a piece by Barbara Kruger who once designed a poster for The Perfect Kiss for New Order:
[from the Of Factory New York catalogue]
"The Perfect Kiss film poster, 1985
red, white & black
24 1/2" x 24 1/2"
Designed by Barbara Kruger"
Inevitably museums end in the shop and in the Guggenheim's there was a Lawrence Weiner book entitled 'Nach Alles / After All', which documents the exhibition of the same name at the Guggenheim in Berlin.
Thanks to OMNY for hospitality.
24 June 2004Gabrielle's Wish
The new official website address is the easily memorable www.gabrielleswish.com.
Thanks to MickANewOrderFan for info.
Dome box office details:
Tel: +44(0)1273 709709
In person: 29 New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UG
Tickets go on sale to priority 'Dome Founders' booking on 19 July and thereafter on general sale on 29 July. Ticket prices are unconfirmed as of yet - more details as they become available.
23 June 2004Cool
'Nag Nag Nag' by Cabaret Voltaire
'Transmission', 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and 'Atmosphere'/'She's Lost Control' by Joy Division
'Shack Up' by A Certain Ratio
'Everything's Gone Green', 'Blue Monday', 'Confusion', 'The Perfect Kiss' and 'True Faith' by New Order
'WFL', 'Madchester EP' and 'Kinky Afro' by Happy Mondays
Thanks to Matt for the tip off
Incidentally, the Steppenwolf show was written and directed by Gerard McInulty aka Caesar from The Wake (and now The Portal).
22 June 2004The Portal
The track was recorded and (un)mixed by Steven Clark at 7A Recording Studio in Glasgow, Scotland. The compilation is only available in French stores and through the POPnews website. Caesar's editorial "About Music" for the POPnews webzine, written in 2002! around the time of the LTM Wake reissues, is presently available here.
Personnel: Carolyn (vocal and keyboards) and Gerard (vocal, acoustic guitar and drums)
Check out The Wake's official website.
Thanks to Caesar for info.
21 June 2004No selecta
It continues: "Not every pop star heeded this last rule and Bez from the Happy Mondays gave us a list in which 6 of the 10 acts involved are not British. For reasons that remain obscure, he felt unable to revise his selection, but in this instance and elsewhere, invalid choices have been excluded from our calculations".
No. 18 Joy Division 'Closer' ("Out of tragic isolation comes innovation")
No. 30 Joy Division 'Unknown Pleasures' ("Mancunian miserabilism par excellence")
No. 44 Happy Mondays 'Bummed' ("Magic plus drugs equals brilliance")
No. 65 New Order 'Power, Corruption and Lies' ("Out of darkness comes light")
The Top Ten was:
1. The Stone Roses 'The Stone Roses'
2. The Beatles 'Revolver'
3. The Clash 'London Calling'
4. Van Morrison 'Astral Weeks'
5. The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
6. The Beatles 'The Beatles' (The White album)
7. The Rolling Stones 'Sticky Fingers'
8. The Rolling Stones 'Exile on Main Street'
9. Massive Attack 'Blue Lines'
10. P.I.L. 'Metal box'
The OMM asked each of 100 musicians, industry figures, broadcasters and journalists who made up their distinguished panel to supply a list of their 100 greatest British albums of all time. The panel included Bez and Peter Hook. Other notable panellists were Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Paul Morley, Simon Raymonde, Alan McGee, Terry Hall, Pete Tong and Jimi Goodwin. For the full list and more details check out the OMM website.
As with any poll, there are notable omissions: Pulp, Suede, Saint Etienne, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Cure, etc, etc...
20 June 2004Community
Every track on the CD was voted for by subscribers to neworderonline.com, with an elimination round for each batch of tracks, so this CD is truly a representation of the tastes of New Order fans across the world. Accompanying this release is a CD EP, containing further cover versions, both by bands featured on 'Community' and those that didn’t quite fit the mould, but still deserved an airing. That makes twenty four tracks in total – around a third of the total submissions.
Community – A New Order Tribute
Cat no: RETRO-01 (Community Album)
Cat no: RETRO-02 (Community EP)
1 June 2004
Community Album [information and samples]
kREMLIN - Sooner Than You Think
Captain Black - Procession
Evaluna - Thieves like Us
Labster - Face Up
Project Wintermute - Transmission
Unfaith - True Faith
Cloudless - Some Distant Memory
Slightlynarrow Soundsystem - Heart And Soul
C Bentley - In A Lonely place
Dance Upon Nothing - Bizarre Love Triangle
International - The Perfect Kiss
Flight - Dreams Never End
Spiral Of Silence - Dead Souls
La Fin De Tout - 586
The Minus One - We All Stand
Almanso - Angel Dust
Community EP [information and samples]
Almanso - Ceremony
The Minus One - Dreams Never End
C Bentley - Temptation
Manumatic - Love Less
Almanso - Angel Dust (Remix)
Known Pleasures - Leave Me Alone
Nemesis - Crystal
Some of the featured artists have been faithful to the original recordings and others have approached their favourite tracks in truly original and innovative ways. Regardless of approach, the quality of each cover version on this CD truly speaks for itself and each one reflects the hours of hard work involved. Any one of the featured tracks on the 'Community' project would quite easily stand up as an excellent piece of work on its own – of high enough quality – both performance and production – to be featured in the playlist of any forward-thinking radio station.
To hear streaming audio of the submissions that didn’t make the final release, for whatever reason, please log on to the internet and visit: http://www.neworderonline.com/Community/
18 June 2004Sweetly acerbic
Have you ever sung karaoke? I haven't. When occasionally my friends ask me to sing karaoke, I have a great excuse, which is that I sing for a living. No money, no singing!
So, do you live on takeaways or eat out? I eat out. Everyone in New York eats out - we don't really have kitchens here.
Who's the most famous person you've ever met? John Lennon. I was at the Syracuse Children's Museum in the early 70's; he and Yoko Ono were having a show there. I walked up to him just as he was taking a chisel to a block of ice and asked him what he was doing. He said, 'I'm carving an iced tea' - and it turns out he was in fact carving a large letter 'T'.
What's your favourite animal? My dog, Irving. He's a five-year-old chihuahua.
Q magazine also chips in with: "Welcome return of James singer... the Brighton-based culture vulture has rediscovered his musical appetite".
9pm - 3am
Tickets: £18.50 adv from 0870 771 2000, CC Hotline 020 7287 0932, Stargreen 020 7734 8932, Way Ahead 020 7403 3331.
All tickets subject to booking fee. Buy online: www.gigsandtours.com.
17 June 2004Magnetic Fields in Toronto
[OT: Spotted in Hammersmith this afternoon - none other than The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon taking a stroll in the English sunshine]
16 June 2004Works
14 June 2004Tony 'n' Shaun On One
Shaun Ryder, June 2004: "For me this is about putting something back in. I've been working with Get Loaded and Kav for some time now and when the lads came up with the idea and said we'd be pushing loads of new bands as well, it just seem only right to be involved. I'm not dealing with corporate's here, I'm dealing with a group of lads who just wanna make something happen!"
Get Loaded In The Park is "as much about supporting new bands, ideas and concepts as it is about putting on The Mondays". Get Loaded promoter Kav explains this philosophy: "It's about giving new talent the chance to shine through - bands that possibly haven't had the opportunities, the money or the backing in the past to showcase their talents to a wider audience. Get Loaded in the Park is the opportunity of a lifetime and we fully intend to make everybody aware of our beliefs and what we stand for. We receive anything up to 100 CDs a day from unsigned bands, so the festival idea was the logical next step."
Special guests including Mike Pickering & Graeme Park (Haçienda), Shaun Ryder & Bez, Arthur Baker (Return to New York), Peter Hook (New Order), Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), Mike Joyce & Andy Rourke (The Smiths), Pat Long (NME), Shaun Keaveny (X-FM), Kav, Poss ↦ Aron (Get Loaded), Jonny and Sarah (Ten Benson), Jonny DJ and the All Star DJ Jam will be taking you back to where it all began with exclusive DJs sets, spread over three stages.
The event also features "some of the UK's hottest up-and-coming new bands and unsigned talent" including The Cribs, THE Ludes, THE Stabilisers, Lysakoski, The Violets, Dwarf Orgy, Devil and Miss Jones, Jism, Headland, The Dukes, The Crowd, Intraverse, Art Brut (Acoustic Set), The Broken Dolls, Lender, The Seen, The Faculty, Imperial Leisure, plus surprise acoustic sets on the day!!
Also on stage will be Domino Bones - Bez's new band, who'll be making an exclusive UK debut performance.
More DJs and Special Live Acts are still to be confirmed. For more information check out: www.getloadedinthepark.com. The full site will follow next week, with news, travel details, photos and biogs of all the acts playing.
Tickets are on sale now exclusively through Ticketmaster, priced £20/££25. The first 1500 tickets are priced at only £15. Please go online at or call the "Get Loaded in the Park" 24 Hour Ticketmaster number on 08700 601 801.
13 June 2004Archived
You may say "hey, what about Space Monkeys and Hopper and the Sixths!?", in which case here's a link to the generic Wayback page containing all the archived versions of the whole site. This contains (at the moment) the various updated versions from Dec 96 to July 97.
Thanks to Bruce (not THE Bruce) for inspiration.
There is no better time for a man from a council estate to rise up and bring this country to a halt". The record was recorded in Manchester and Perth Western Australia. Bez put his parts down in the UK, while Shaun recorded his vocals in Pete's studio in Australia. The loads of slide guitar and a big Mick and Keef chorus. Bez and Shaun leading the charge for the revolution. It's real, it's honest, it's fresh and it isn't a piece of corporate bullshit put together in a marketing department of some major record company. Shaun and Bez retain their independence - how many people in music can you say that about. They've always done it on their terms. In an age dominated by pop idol and marketing people and accounts we need their spirit more than ever!!"
Thanks to Pete.
11 June 2004Pop pays better
24: Minneapolis, MN: Pantages Theatre
25-27: Chicago, IL: Old Town School of Folk Music (Two shows Sat and Sun)
29: St. Louis, MO: The Pageant
30: Columbus, OH: Wexner Center for the Arts
1: Detroit, MI: Theater at Second City
2: Toronto, Ontario: Trinity Saint Paul's United Church
17: Los Angeles, CA: Wilshire Ebell Theatre
19/20: San Francisco, CA: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
The site also contains a profile of the The 6ths ("every lisper's nightmare"!) which features a revealing connection with Momus, whose 'The History of Sexual Jealousy Parts 17-24' from the Creation Records compilation Doing It For The Kids is a personal favourite.
Finally, there's an interview with the multi-talented, multi-group (Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies) and, apparently, slightly reticent, Stephin Merritt in The Independent online edition from back in May.
06 June 2004Rivals fight
Read the full story here.
Thanks to Ash.
05 June 2004Unification
Venue: Nash Room, ICA, Fri 25 Jun 2004, 19:00 (BST).
Full price : £8.
Concessions : £7.
ICA members : £6.
Thanks to Conor.
04 June 2004Boiling point
03 June 2004Tim Booth
Also, whilst not explicitly Fac-related (give him time), it is worth noting that Mark Radcliffe starts his own new Radio 2 show on Monday 7 June at 10.30pm (BST).
02 June 2004The Blackpool Connection
01 June 2004Confusion
In this classic NME interview with New Order from 1983 the band explain how Confusion came about.
"It's the only time we ever sat down to write," recalls bassist Peter Hook with a shudder. "And God, was it hard! Arthur Baker just stood there staring at us, sort of going, 'go on, write something', and we were walking around in circles thinking, 'fucking hell, isn't it time to go home yet?' We don't normally work well under pressure."
"He'd start a drum machine off and send one of us in saying, 'have a go on that synthesiser'," expands guitarist Bernard Albrecht (née Dicken, now Sumner). "See what you can come up with. So you're standing there thinking 'what the fucking hell am I doing?' You'd do something and he'd go, 'that's alright', turn off the drum machine, start the tape rolling and say, 'right play it again'. And even though there'd be a minute's worth of mistakes in it, he'd just say, 'Fuck it. It's alright'.
"The one thing he doesn't like about English records, he told us, is they're too neat and clean. And I agree."
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography