danced my a** off at new order last night! SO GOOD! the energetic performance, accompanying videos and laser light show was just fantastic and fun. and the clarity of sound at the intimate queen elizabeth theatre.
i felt like a teenager again. without the angsty bee-ess and drama. i was reminded of how much new order’s music had truly impacted my formative years, having first been introduced to them via john hughe’s 1986 movie, pretty in pink. (even though ceremony, temptation, thieves like us and perfect kiss were released in 1981, 1982 and 1984 respectively) you can bet that my new order’s substance tape (!) was played on repeat on my walkman (!) for months. and then in my early clubbing years, dancing up a storm at luv-a-fair, twilight zone and graceland.
seriously, listening to new order songs can’t help but leaves you blissed out and euphoric. i was even chair-dancing at work, getting pumped up for the show.
my favourite parts of the concert:
#3 – tweaks to the introduction of such songs as, bizarre love triangle (if i recall correctly, there were even horn samples in the synths) and true faith. kept the audience guessing until the all-too-familiar notes dropped.
#2 – bernard sumner dancing like the rest of us (!) to his own songs.
#1 – tribute to joy division’s ian curtis.
voila, the setlist:
forever joy division. forever new order.