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.