|Oh, yes, I own the album, too.|
How do I follow up yesterday's post about the loving Boo-Boo?
I don't even try. What could be equivalent? I love New Order, but hardly with same ardor that I love my puppy.
I had considered doing theme weeks: a week of music shirts, a week of TV/film shirts, a week for just comic book themed materials. But I am enjoying the randomness. I often just grab a T-shirt. Okay, this is a good one. I'll go with this one.
I had wanted a T-shirt depicting the first New Order album for many years. When shopping for T-shirts for the kids last Christmas, I spotted this shirt and asked my wife to get it for me.
I did not discover this New Order from the moment of its release.
This album was out before I discovered either New Order or Joy Division, which did not happen until 1982 with the release of "Temptation" in May. I remember the EP coming into the college radio station where I served as programming manager.
LOVE. I fell completely in love with "Temptation" and its B-side "Hurt." The songs were light, fun, and repeatable. Plus they were DANCE music.
At this point, backtracking occurred as I discovered Movement and Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Closer (see T-shirt #35).
Even more than Joy Division, New Order was one of the many bands we New Wave kids insisted on playing at dances to the consternation of our classmates who liked more AOR, Top 40, American rock. As a DJ, especially at dances, I made sure we had a good rotation of New Order, Joy Division, Modern English, English Beat, Devo, Talking Heads, Martha and the Muffins, the Jam, the Police, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, David Bowie, and assorted others.
The album's artwork, also featured on the T-shirt, is striking yet simple. It harks back to modern art, especially Futurism. Designed by Peter Saville, the design derives from the work of Fortunato Depero, an Italian futurist.
I like the design and its simplicity, which seems to evoke the electronic music of New Order.
Check it out.
- chris tower - feeling better - 1305.08 - 9:40