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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 18, 1983, Tokyo, JapanSunday. September 18, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes 17 Pacific sunday music new order dark Clouds May hover Over the group s music but it s nothing but Sunshine for their recent career. Pop scene / Dabby Miller new order finds life after death of their Lead Singer a 19, 1980, was no Ordinary monday for the members of Joy division. Bags were p asked and goodbyes had been said. They were ready to leave for Amer Ica on their first Rock n Roll tour abroad. They had finished a new single its title etched across a Gravestone on the sleeve love will tear us but Joy division such a weird name for a group known for gloomy music and the forlorn voice of its Singer never left England on that monday. There was something about the prom ise of the trip that made Lead Singer Ian Curtis put a noose around his neck and hang himself the evening before. On sunday morning i was turning my trousers up. Monday i was screaming says the band s drummer Stephen Morris. But Joy division would soon become Well known in America anyway both for love will tear us apart one of the most influential songs of the past years and for Curtis suicide which put a lasting chill on the band s Curtis death Joy division which is what the prostitutes area of nazi concentration Camps was called officially came to an end. I must admit Ian was the charismatic individual in the band says Martin Hannett the producer of the band s records. Because Curtis had been the focus of the first group the three remaining members reorganized As new order. There s life and there s death. We were still alive so we thought we d carry on doing it says Morris. With a keyboardist added an guitarist Bernard Sumner taking Over As Lead Singer new order is still very much an Extension of Joy division like uncluttered landscapes in dark colors new order s music remains More mood than Melody. In Britain partly by unwittingly Riding the coattails of the synth based pop bands new order has become one of the first rank Rock groups the thinking Man s human league. In America clubs Are playing the band s 12-Inch dance single Blue monday which sold More than a Quarter of a million copies in England and Are beginning to break what May be the group s biggest stateside hit record buyers Are also sniffing at a Well reviewed new album of uncharacteristically Frisky music Power corruption & lies new order s second and Best up. We Don t have a major record company that gives us cocaine at the end of the tour explains a downright cheery Stephen Morris relaxing on a Rainy night after a sold out show at first Avenue a huge Minneapolis club. The Minneapolis show had been Well a bit somber. When few in the audience seemed moved by the new song thieves like us Bernard Sumner fairly spat out if you did t like that you must be a dark Cloud still seems to hover Over their music their newest material is pointedly dance oriented. I m not saying we play disco music says Morris but there Are some interesting time signatures knocking about in our new order wanted and got a True dance mix for confusion the single they made with Arthur Baker whose planet Rock they d admired. The fact that they make depressing sound ing records in t what attracted me to them says Baker. But once we Gat in the studio i used that the Way i would use it in one of my own songs. I really do not write Happy music myself. My songs Are based in reality on human situations. And that s what i like about like the other records they be made the new album does not identify the band members or credit a particular player s contribution. This is part of new order s philosophy they oppose the cult of personality that infects Rock n Roll. You buy a record with music on it. Why should you be interested in who s playing what they argue. It s the group not my name apart from the group says Morris. We work rather loosely says keyboard player Gillian Gilbert who says she was hired on the strength of her ability to play Jingle it can be a month before a song happens she says. Fate writes the lyrics we do the rest,1 says Orris of their rehearsals which take place in a room next to a cemetery. Rolling Siane pop pour i / Christopher Connelly we love fill in Blank Dan Fogelberg Jimmy Buffett Carole King and Joe Walsh say they la perform at Campaign concerts for sen. Gary Hart of Colorado whose Campaign is swimming in red Ink. Nothing is definite though. Sen. Alan Cranston of califor Nia plans to organize three or four major concerts this fall hoping to raise $500,000 in the process but like Hart no artist has been nailed Down. So far Only Walter Mondale s Campaign has received an infusion of concert Cash a Minneapolis Bash that sold out a 900-capacity Hall starring the . Hammers with Bonnie Raitt s brother Steve and the lament Cranston band. What has these democratic presidential Hope Fuls Licking their chops is a Federal election commission provision that Campaign concert receipts will be matched by the feds. But there s a catch Matching funds will Only be provided if each receipt includes the name address and occupation of each ticket buyer and the payment is made by Check or Money order. These restrictions will officials Hope discourage Large Arena style benefits in favor of smaller shows. In addition because of the Cost of such concerts in terms of staff time some Campaign experts feel they Are not Worth the Effort. Half a duet when Elvis costello performed with George Jones two years Back costello said it was a dream come True. But costello s vocalizing with Tony Bennett in new York last month was More like a night Mare. Backed by a barely there count Basie and his band costello performed a touching if nearly inaudible ver Sion of i l Darlin even that performance though outstripped the Bennett costello Rendi Tion of it Don t mean a thing if it Ain t got to Mvi dam Matt that swing costello Tony Bennett appeared either not to know the words mid song a Cue card was rushed to the front or not to care. Even so Bennett was unfazed. I was knocked out by him he said of costello. He s a real popular enough s enough u2 Lead Singer Bono says the american response to the band s live shows has been so intense that they re going to hold Back on the histrionics a bit in dates to come. Los Angeles brought it to a head he says. I lost my senses completely. I was trying to get the crowd to Trust us. I went into the crowd with a Flag but i ended up standing on the Balcony of the sports Center. I threatened to jump off if they did t Back off. And in fact i did jump. The crowd caught me but what about the others who followed me somebody could have died at that concert and it was a real sickened for me. It s meant a total re evaluation of what we Are about live. We Don t need to use a battering ram. It has to be Down to the hanging judge judge Pat Mcdowell who sentenced David Crosby to five years in jail after Crosby pleaded guilty to cocaine posses Sion and carrying a gun earlier this summer gave an 80-year-old grandmother two years in jail for Selling marijuana. A miscarriage of Justice Crosby s attorneys cried. It is Well know that society has definitely benefited from this Man s they must not have heard Crosby s recent los. Rolling Stone

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