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Low-Life

Low-Life
New Order
Released May 13, 1985
Factory Benelux FBN 100
Made in Netherlands

Posted by peter on July 17, 2012 at 7.58pm in listening
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peter: It's hard to know say about my favorite record ever... Guy at the bar is singing along!
2012.07.17 at 8.00pm · link ·
peter: So Love Vigilantes: I have been convinced since the first time I heard this that it's based on a short story I had to read in high school, but do you think that even once since 1985 I've been able to figure out what story?
2012.07.17 at 8.02pm · link ·
fallen_sputnik: Hi Pete!..Hey Hey Jodi!
2012.07.17 at 8.03pm · link ·
fallen_sputnik: Has the party started?
2012.07.17 at 8.04pm · link ·
peter: And Perfect Kiss is possibly the best song ever
2012.07.17 at 8.04pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Guy at the bar is singing along!

Not only that but he said "we've played this song live in this bar". . . does he mean with his band?
2012.07.17 at 8.04pm · link ·
jodi: Really, really hard to talk about this. We haven't really played any of our all time favourite records here yet.
2012.07.17 at 8.05pm · link ·
peter:
fallen_sputnik: Hi Pete!..Hey Hey Jodi!

Hey Rob!!!
2012.07.17 at 8.07pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Not only that but he said "we've played this song live in this bar". . . does he mean with his band?

I believe so, yes.
2012.07.17 at 8.07pm · link ·
fallen_sputnik: this really takes me back...i should be wearing a stretched out sweater and tatterd jeans while listening to this.
2012.07.17 at 8.07pm · link ·
peter: Onion rings and iPad touchscreen are not a good combination
2012.07.17 at 8.09pm · link ·
jodi: Perfect Kiss is a perfect song, with a perfect video. . . but we can't find it. It used to be out there.
2012.07.17 at 8.09pm · link ·
jodi: Singing-along bar guy just walked over to our table, told us these are some great tunes and then took one of my onion rings and ate it. Meanwhile his friend at the bar (whom he'd been kissing a moment earlier, but more drunkenly than passionately) yelled "Rude, RUDE!".

This is why it's more fun doing this project in a bar.
2012.07.17 at 8.11pm · link ·
peter:
fallen_sputnik: this really takes me back...i should be wearing a stretched out sweater and tatterd jeans while listening to this.

We're looking for a YouTube video of Perfect Kiss directed by Jonathan Demme, I know I've watched it there but can't find it now. Damn you copyright police, this is fair dealing I tell ya!
2012.07.17 at 8.11pm · link ·
jodi:
fallen_sputnik: Has the party started?

Yep. And really, this selection should have been played at a Road Show installment in a dancier bar. This music is not so much Phog Lounge as it is Thursday nights at Notes circa 1988. I was getting in with fake ID then, of course.
2012.07.17 at 8.13pm · link ·
peter: Sunrise. I can play that bass lick over and over and over.
2012.07.17 at 8.14pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: We're looking for a YouTube video of Perfect Kiss directed by Jonathan Demme, I know I've watched it there but can't find it now. Damn you copyright police, this is fair dealing I tell ya!

I am wearing clompy boots and a dress that is too short, so I'm close! But back in my Thursday nights at Notes days it would have been a straight, short, tight miniskirt with, YES, an oversized sweater. Definitely clompy boots though.
2012.07.17 at 8.15pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Sunrise. I can play that bass lick over and over and over.

I can listen to it all day. Have I mentioned that New Order is my favourite band? Although, whenever someone asks me who my favourite band is and I say 'New Order', they look at me funny and go, "really?". Not sure if it's because I'm such a hippie or what.
2012.07.17 at 8.16pm · link ·
fallen_sputnik: here comes the mother ship ...followed by the frogs
2012.07.17 at 8.17pm · link ·
peter: I love this record because it's the perfect synthesis of everything I loved about Joy Division and the maturity of the "surviving" members, but still guitar driven. Simple, repetitive, accretional (?), powerful, dismal, ecstatic.
2012.07.17 at 8.17pm · link ·
jodi: Side two. Starts kinda churchy.
2012.07.17 at 8.19pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: Side two. Starts kinda churchy.

Song is called Elegia
2012.07.17 at 8.21pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: Song is called Elegia

Well then that makes sense, then, doesn't it?
2012.07.17 at 8.22pm · link ·
peter: It was also the first song at my wedding, much to the chagrin of the dj, who really wanted to play Can I Have This Dance for the Rest of My Life.
2012.07.17 at 8.23pm · link ·
peter: So he played it second
2012.07.17 at 8.26pm · link ·
jodi: This is the kind of music I want to listen to through those big 1970s headphones while lying on my back in the middle of the living room floor with my eyes closed.

My dad nearly burned the house down one time in about 1973 by doing that and forgetting he'd put some toast in the newfangled toaster that popped up when the toast was done (!) only this time it didn't and he didn't realize until the smoke reached his face, which was on the floor so needless to say the whole house was full of toast. Then he opened all the windows, ran to the kitchen and unplugged the toaster and it popped out two teeny-tiny black rocks.

He was probably listening to Pink Floyd when that happened, though.
2012.07.17 at 8.26pm · link ·
jodi:
peter: So he. Played it second

There was no Macarena when you got married, huh.
2012.07.17 at 8.27pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: This is the kind of music I want to listen to through those big 1970s headphones while lying on my back in the middle of the living room floor with my eyes closed.

Yes.
2012.07.17 at 8.27pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: There was no Macarena when you got married, huh.

Bird Dance. But you gotta wait until the guests have had a couple drinks.
2012.07.17 at 8.28pm · link ·
peter:
jodi: He was probably listening to Pink Floyd when that happened, though.

Lime and limpid green....
2012.07.17 at 8.29pm · link ·
jodi: The next song, Sooner than you think, grates on me a little because there is a lyric that goes in the chorus "oh you know what I mean, yes you do" and while the "yes you do" thing is weak in terms of lyric writing, really what bugs me is it reminds me of that Birds of a Feather song Tim Curry did. ". . .flock together! yes they do, ye-he-hessssss". Ugh.
2012.07.17 at 8.31pm · link ·
peter: You won't even notice that you are alone.
2012.07.17 at 8.33pm · link ·
jodi: In the end, you will submit.
2012.07.17 at 8.34pm · link ·
jodi: I want to put this here because it seems Peter is not going to, that at the end of Subculture he (Peter) turned to me and said, if this were a Cure song he would have gone (stage whisper) "Babayyyyyy" at the end.
2012.07.17 at 8.36pm · link ·
jodi: Oh how I cannot bear the thought of you.
2012.07.17 at 8.36pm · link ·
jodi: Every time the vocals stop and the guitars open up wide I want to take that bit and loop it FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
2012.07.17 at 8.38pm · link ·
jodi: In my giant headphones. On the floor. Blissed.
2012.07.17 at 8.38pm · link ·
jodi: The conversation is definitely a lot less interesting when we love the music, sorry.
2012.07.17 at 8.38pm · link ·
peter: So the best music of the 80s, I confidently proclaim, was lyrically brutal, ugly, and depressing; but man it was musically exuberant and danceable.
2012.07.17 at 8.39pm · link ·
jodi: And now it's over.
2012.07.17 at 8.39pm · link ·

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