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.

So In Love – OMD

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys

Year: 1985
Artist: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD)
Album: Crush
Other Hits: If You Leave, Enola Gay, Secrets

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark is synonymous with the song ‘If You Leave’ from the Pretty in Pink motion picture soundtrack album. But this blog is not about the hits, it’s more of re-introducing other songs from the same artists who has the hits.

OMD composed of Andy McCluskey, the primary songwriter for the band and Paul Humphreys, first met at primary school in the 1970s and discovered that they both loved the same synthesized electronic type of music which was just starting to break through in their era. They played together in several bands until in the late 70’s McCluskey teamed up with Humphreys to form OMD. They were successful in their native UK but penetrated US charts for their song that used in 1986 John Hughes films of American teen romantic comedy-drama about adolescent love and social cliques in 1980s American high schools. The film was a critical and commercial success; this is one of the best teen movies of all time and a personal favourite. Great cast, good story line and awesome soundtrack that lingers in the echoes of time.

But OMD is more than that famous chick flick single, they have strings of hits and this particular single ‘So in Love’ I’m featuring in my blog is at par with their US breakthrough track. Actually this was their first hit in the United States, after five years of trying to “break” in the States. Everyone who was dumped, beaten, and bruised on the painful end of a relationship can relate to this song– this is according to the composer McCluskey. The cliché remains true to the artist and his song — love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

And for your added info: According to Wikipedia, Andy McCluskey formed Atomic Kitten in 1997. During the writing of their second album Atomic Kitten cut their ties with Andy McCluskey. McCluskey and Humphries reformed OMD in 2006 and performed in a string of concerts in 2008.

Happy Birthday – Altered Images

Altered Images

Year: 1981  / Album: Happy Birthday / Other Songs: I could be Happy, See Those Eyes

Birthdays are symbols of another year gone by, since your last birthday the earth has completed one journey around the sun, there have been more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world. You will have had about 1,460 dreams; world population has grown by around 76,570,430, and in the time it takes you to read this another five babies will have been born.

Happy Birthday’ was the most recognized song in the English Language and was translated in more than 18 languages. It’s nice to know that there are other melodies for this traditional tune to celebrate the anniversary of someone’s birth and it’s a subgenre of rock music that emerged in the mid to late 1970s alongside punk rock and it’s called new wave.

All these time I thought this song was sung by the Brit rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees if you are not familiar with the group try listening to Hong Kong Garden and you will get the similarity. I first came to know the song in the 80’s while watching John Huge’s ‘Sixteen Candles’, a coming-of-age film starring Molly Ringwald. The group responsible for this track were an early 1980s Scottish New Wave / post-punk band named Altered Images. Led by Clare Grogan on vocals and 4 more ex-school friends, they sent a demo tape to Siouxsie and the Banshees who eventually gave them the break in the recording scene. According to Wikipedia “Happy Birthday was the band’s third single and their biggest hit. The song reached number 2 in the UK (for three weeks) in October 1981, catapulting the band to fame. They quickly became established as one of the biggest new wave acts around”

It’s was such a timely coincidence that I have chosen this song to be a topic to kick-off my blog. Robert Southe was on the spot when he uttered this quote “Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life”  so, this is what this blog about… the first twenty years of music that once moved me…music that once, washes away from the soul the dust of my everyday life…