There’s an unrevealed gem in Bono’s new memoir that has gone unnoticed but, in a way, to me, is the most interesting part of the book. I can’t believe I’m reading it.
s I read through it, I find it increasingly strange. Essentially, Bono espouses a version of my Unification Theory of All Things New Order.
It’s a theory that I’ve frustrated friends with over the years, and even some unfortunate people have ended up with my orbit. The theory basically says that New Order is not only the most influential band of the past 40 years, but that they are responsible for all, or at least most, of pop music as we know it.
Or as Bono wrote: “New Order, who conjured up the frenzy scene in the early and mid eighties…with the song “Blue Monday”, they began to change the concept of a rock band. what will be…laying the groundwork for what will define pop music in 30 years. “
Obviously Bono has so much to include in his memoirs that he couldn’t include all the details. I wondered if he had more, but his editor took it out. Like, did he mention that when the New Order came to New York and met Arthur Baker, a pioneer in the fields of hip-hop and electronics, to do the electronic single ‘Confusion’, things like that didn’t he? heard before: Afrika Bambaataa meets Northern English indie suffering?
Bono also doesn’t focus much on the influence of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’, a hit record in which Giorgio Moroder essentially invented about five genres of dance music, from trance to techno. Nor does he mention how New Order took Hi-NRG out of gay clubs, revamping Sylvester’s ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ to ‘Blue Monday’ – consider both and you will see what i mean.
So the theme is roughly that New Order started using machines and electronics at the end of Joy Division. But then, when Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis takes his own life, and the three friends he leaves behind are faced with the choice of what to do next, they gradually upgrade to the electronic element, and turn this shiny shiny thing called New Order .
It keeps the great melancholy of Joy Division, but adds disco. And the result is a completely unique sound that will, over the years, bring together sensitive indie kids, Northern England football hooligans, and ultimately ravers.
The theory suggests that by bringing together Kraftwerk, New York electro, Detroit techno and Euro-disco, the New Order has essentially set the template for much of what must be followed.
New Order devotees will look you in the eye and tell you New Order invented the rave, made the EDM, to this day, most of the music on the chart.
Without New Order, Primal Scream would never have integrated into the group that made sublimation Screamadelica. While Sceramadelica credited with teaching indie kids to dance and encouraging them to learn more about black music, New Order has in fact done just that for us enlightened devotees.
New Order’s big moment of frenzy came in 1989, when they returned from a hedonistic tour of Ibiza with the album Technical. It’s not the sound of the music, but the feel of its culture.
I watched their infamous performance at the Reading Festival that summer and it was clear that something had changed. Something happened to them in Ibiza. Indeed, there seemed to be so much going on that they ended up going back to the UK to calm down and finish working on the album.
But 1989 is just the crystallization of a journey that New Order has been on since they first released their album, Movebut especially since Power, Corruption & Liestheir second album, which in retrospect might be their best album and the album that set the stereotype.
I didn’t really have a team when I was younger. The new order is my soccer team. Each new note is an event, I study them obsessively, reading the works of art and literature they consider influential. Their cover art and their aesthetic became my favorite in design, and I found my tribe at New Order gigs.
My brother sent me a video from a recent New Orders performance. It was a tour with the Pet Shop Boys, who are in many ways the pop version of New Order.
Midfielder Bernard Sumner is now 66 years old. Bass player Peter Hook, the other factor that made them special, was long gone after a bitter defeat. Now there are two transcriptionists, who I recognize have actually been there for about 20 years. But somehow, helped by the fact that there are so many machines involved, they still use it with gusto. I hope I get to see them again before they decide to end it.
Stages of my life are marked in New Order albums and gigs. The next one may be the last, and it will be the end of an era for me. But, as Bono and I know, their influence will last.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/bono-didnt-focus-much-on-the-influence-of-donna-summers-seminal-i-feel-love-42136373.html Bono doesn’t focus much on the influence of Donna Summer’s famed ‘I Feel Love’