It was one of those serendipitous moments … I was having dinner at DD’s mate Cliff’s place when he mentioned he’d bought two tickets to New Order but his wife couldn’t make it because she was going overseas.
It being a small world, she and DD headed off to the same conference in San Francisco yesterday.
Cliff is totally obsessed with music – he’s out seeing live bands every week. New Order have a special place in his heart because he grew up near the original band members. He has all their LPs, including the latest ones.
I hadn’t been quite aware there were latest ones. My knowledge ended around the Blue Monday era.
New Order was the soundtrack to my late teens. Every Saturday night you’d find me on the dancefloor at a wine bar in Newcastle called The Gunfighter’s Rest, dancing up a storm to Bizarre Love Triangle under the ultraviolet lights as the dry ice steamed out of my Dingo Dangler cocktail.
Ah, those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end …
But they did, we got old and so did dancing in nightclubs.
Anyways … after I finished rhapsodying to Cliff about my love for New Order he offered me his wife’s spare ticket. Oooooh yeah! How awesome is that?
So last night Cliff and I met at the Sydney Opera House for a dance down sweaty musical memory lane.
As I wrote on Instagram afterwards: it was the bulkest, most awesome fun.
I loved every minute, but of course Blue Monday, Bizarre Love Triangle and Temptation were my absolute favourites. It was also pretty cool when they played Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.
And the light show was fabulous.
The crowd was interesting, with lots of people my vintage as well as young ‘uns. (A pair of young ‘uns arrived late to the seats beside us and it was very amusing to see their visible relief that they’d only missed a song from the new album.)
Speaking of young ‘uns, I remember New Order looking like this …
It was a little confronting to see the lead singer Bernard Sumner looking so … middle-aged … But then, he’s ohmagawd 60 now. He has the most incredible, individual voice that I could listen to all night (and I was very impressed by his ability not to crack a smile during the whole two-hour gig until the very last song, it’s like he has a male version of Bitchy Resting Face, but I think he was enjoying himself on the inside because he’s occasionally go “woo!” and do a little jump).
Here are some happy snaps from the night – thank you Cliff for taking me along!
Song of the day: New Order “Temptation”