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Technique

It’s 25 years since the release of Technique, the New Order LP that perhaps defines the 1980s as well as any released in that musically exceptional decade.

More than any other record that the band made, Technique is a perfect blend of the band’s “rock” roots and the electronic and dance influences they absorbed throughout the decade. It’s also very much of its time. Partially recorded in Ibiza, its opening track, Fine Time, is the purest dance track that the band ever recorded.

Although Technique gave New Order their first UK number one, it’s one of their least interesting LPs, lacking the consistent brilliance of Power, Corruption and Lies or the rounded accomplishment of Low Life and Brotherhood.

But when it comes to the closing tracks, Technique is unparalleled. First the great “lost single” and then a rolling landscape of a song that would be magnificent enough even if it didn’t boast one of the few great lyrics that Bernard Sumner has ever written.

New Order :: Vanishing Point ⬇ [iTunes]

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New Order :: Dream Attack

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Fine Time was, like most New Order singles, given a good going over by the hottest remixing talents of the time, which in 1989 meant pioneering house-music producer Steve “Silk” Hurley.

New Order :: Fine time Silk mix

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And this is Paula Grief’s video for the second single.

New Order :: Round & Round

 

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