Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order

Year: 1986  / Album: single/Best of New order / Other Hits: Thieves Like Us , True Faith 

‘I feel so extraordinary’… as the first stanza of the song ‘True Faith’ goes by New Order… oh but this is what I actually felt watching them live on the night of Aug 22, 2012 @ Forth Canning Park Singapore.

This English rock band was originally formed in 1976 as Joy Division, the lead vocalist committed suicide in 1980 but the rest of the members moved on and on that same year gave birth to ‘New Order’. Tension broke the group in 1993 but was able to reform in 1998.

A member who functioned in keyboard, guitars, and synthesizers was replaced in 2001. In 2007, an original member left and apparently, this dispersed the band. The lead vocals announced he no longer wishes to make music as New Order. The band reunited in 2011 without the original member who left in 2007 but returning with the member who was replaced in 2001… clear as mud?

Somewhere in between those numbers of years, at one point I thought I never get to see them live ever! The years of existence of New Order had too much drama. I’m not an avid follower of the group per se but I’m a big fan of their music. But here they are in my face, literary in my face – wrinkles and pores! because I was just standing at the side of the stage while they played. And yeah, I rest my case on the vocalist (Bernard Sumner) who looks like Horatio Caine (David Caruso) of CSI Miami if anyone noticed. They are one of the greats and influential band that 80’s music produced in the era of new wave and electronic sound.

This band was very giving, they kept throwing the crowd hits after hits and though I felt we are not worthy , they even let us hear ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ originally from Joy Division. Seeing them now, performing live after 20 plus years of enjoying ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ was an awesome experience. I would prefer to have caught them live at their prime but this is better than never.

Thieves Like Us – New Order

New Order - Bernard Sumner,Peter Hook, Stephen Morris,and Gillian Gilbert

Year: 1984
Artists: New Order
Album: (released as single)
Other Hits: Bizarre Love Triangle, Shellshock, Regrets, Blue Monday, True Faith


The instrumental of the track was featured in the 1986 movie Pretty in Pink but were not on the soundtrack album. “Thieves like Us” is a single by British group New Order, released in April 1984,

Formed in 1980 by Bernard Sumner (vocals, guitars, and synthesisers), Peter Hook (bass, synthesisers) and Stephen Morris (drums, electronic drums, synthesisers). Between 1977 and 1980, Bernard, Stephen, and Peter together with Ian Curtis, were members of the post-punk band Joy Division, the day before Joy Division (‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’) were scheduled to depart for their first American tour, Curtis committed suicide on 18 May 1980, The rest of the band decided that they would carry on but prior to Curtis’s death, they had agreement not to continue under the Joy Division name should any one member leave the band.  Thanks to the band’s manager (Robert Gretton) of 20 years this unnamed trio, found the name “New Order” in an article in The Guardian entitled “The People’s New Order of Kampuchea”. New Order was formed by the remaining members of Joy Division, following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis, with the addition of keyboard player Gillian Gilbert.

‘Thieves like Us’ were taken from the title of the same 1974 Cannes Film Festival movie. Starring Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall, the film was based on the novel Thieves like Us by Edward Anderson.  Many New Order song titles have nothing to do with the song. In some cases, songs with normal titles appear to have had their titles swapped with other songs. The bands rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores. In 1993 the band put New Order on hold while each member continued on with their own side-projects. The group reconvened in 1998 at the suggestion of Rob Gretton

I cannot listen to this song without seeing Molly Ringwald making her dress. One of the things I learned from Pretty in Pink – The best way to get new clothes is to make your own… (Not!) I came across this song while watching this American teen romantic comedy-drama film about teenage love and social clichés in 1980s American high schools. Kudos to the director/writer John Huges for putting this song in the movie. He introduced me to a different reverberation of an alternative rock/electronic band with the likes of New Order Sometimes I feel JH created this movies because of these music and not the other way around but whatever it is the soundtrack of his films resonates in time.