"Blue Monday - Live"
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Released last month, New Order's Live at Bestival 2012 album is a swift reminder of the Manchester band's impact. It is no substitute for the gig (MR PORTER can vouch for that), but their set to more than 50,000 fans at the UK festival last year makes for memorable listening.
Formed from post-punk band Joy Division, New Order emerged as one of the best British groups of the 1980s. Following Mr Ian Curtis' death, a 1981 US tour saw vocalist Mr Bernard Sumner and co cultivate the new-wave sound that made them so innovative. From the brittle "Isolation" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart", to dancier hits "Blue Monday", "Temptation" and 1987 chart topper "True Faith" - it's the influential early material that resonates most on the album.
With New Order's first split soon after "True Faith", the band, born out of Mr Tony Wilson's chaotic Factory Records, have suffered many a rift since. Producing just three studio albums in the past 20 years, the most notable drama was original bassist Mr Peter Hook's departure in 2007. In 2011, Mr Stephen Morris - drummer of Joy Division and New Order for more than 30 years - suggested there was no future for New Order. Since then, however, they have headlined the London Olympics, and released their ninth studio album Lost Sirens in January this year. Recent quotes from Ms Gillian Gilbert - keyboardist and partner of Mr Morris - suggest an EP is coming soon ("when the kids have gone back to school"). What's more, Mr Sumner has hinted at a full-length album in 2014, which he promises to be "the next Sgt. Pepper's". No pressure, then.
As they continue to tour in the US, Mr Morris discusses his five favourite tracks.
Purchase Live at Bestival 2012 here. All proceeds go to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust.
"I'm not normally a fan of zombies, but in the drama The Returned [Les Revenants] they smoke, eat and drink to a perfect soundtrack from Mogwai, so I'll make an exception. This is great, and as glacially unsettling as the series."
"Sound and Vision"DAVID BOWIE
"Low is one of the best albums ever - I played it nonstop when it first came out and it made me want to make music as good and diverse. Today, it still feels like the future. That drum sound!"
"All My Friends"LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
"James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem are one of my favourite bands of the past few years. I love the way this track builds and feels like riding in an out-of-control car. 'Here we go, like a sales force into the night' is a great line."
"Spitfire"PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
"I first heard this while browsing for music in Rough Trade East at Christmas time. A fantastic track that manages to be driving and evocative at the same time. It's like a movie for your ears. I really enjoyed seeing them when they performed with us at Jodrell Bank in June."
"This was the first thing I heard by Factory Floor and I was instantly hooked. They are astounding and I can't wait for their album to come out."