In 1981, years before I knew who New Order were they released their debut album Movement. The album is often overlooked. Incorrectly. Movement is in many ways the band at their most fragile. Unsure if they should be even still making music post Joy Division maybe?
The Him is, I feel, a tribute to Ian Curtis. This is not clear but one just feels it. New Order sound like Joy Division here. That’s hardly surprising and essentially the loss of the former lead singer is very clear. Bernard Sumner cannot compete on vocal duties – so he doesn’t. The result is that stark fumbling sound of a band unsure.
Ghosts of Joy Division loom. This song, for me, sees that ghost stand in the background and despite the cold sound of the song an overall – warm feelings prevail. I’m sure New Order took this difficult moment and grew into the flower the ‘new’ band would blossom into.
A classic lost song…