Thursday, 23 August 2012
NEW ORDER "THE PERFECT KISS" [OFFICIAL VIDEO] . . . . WARSAW, JOY DIVISION, NEW ORDER, ALL THREE REMAIN SACRED . . . . SO MUCH SHIT ASSUMED ABOUT THE LYRICAL CONTENT OF THIS ELECTRO-POP CLASSIC . . . . FUCK-ALL TO DO WITH IAN CURTIS AND HIS UNTIMELY BUT PREDICTABLE DEMISE . . . . EXCEPTIONAL SONGCRAFT IN PERPETUITY !!!
New Order are the only electronic based band that have always appealed to me on a melodic level, so much of this musical genre is sterile, vapid, puerile noise, devoid of warmth, soul and passion, from the ashes of a wreck that would've killed off most lesser outfits these guys have gone on to create their own place in history quite separate from the Curtis fronted Joy Division . . . . if you've ever wondered about the name, do some research, who said Ian and the gang weren't about fun and frivolity ???
Back to 'The Perfect Kiss', absolutely nothing to do with Ian Curtis' death whatsoever, simply a recollection by Bernard Sumner, the man fated with standing in the footsteps of his former band mate, about the awkward and irreconcilable feelings he encountered when a gay mate of his went out on the town with him one night . . . . the rest of the story moves from that standpoint, here endeth the lesson . . . . almost.
A long time ago, a mate of mine who had been struggling with his own demons in regards his sexuality, put 'the word' on me one bleary morning in a club, I felt awkward, embarrassed, uncomfortable and so fucking angry I just took off . . . . that reaction is one I will forever wish I had handled so much better, he was way more conflicted and pained than I was, his confusion after a life trying to bullshit himself and everyone else in the 'straight' world was something I couldn't conceive of . . . . all I had to do was say 'sorry Steve*, not my bag man, you know that' and all would have been hunky dory, The Perfect Kiss always makes me feel like I let myself and my friend down that night . . . . even in a gay world you can be straight.
* 'Steve' not his real name.