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New Order — Your Silent Face
Album: Power, Corruption & Lies
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7.2

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Total ratings: 739









Released: 1983
Length: 5:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
A thought that never changes
Remains a stupid lie
It's never been quite the same
No hearing or breathing
No movement, no colour
Just silence
Rise and fall of shame
A search that shall remain
We asked you what you'd seen
You said you didn't care

Sound formed in a vacuum
May seem a waste of time
It's always been just the same
No hearing or breathing
No movement, no lyrics
Just nothing
A sign that leads the way
The path we cannot take
You've caught me at a bad time
So, why don't you piss off?
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Masterpiece. 
My favourite New Order album by some distance. Sublime.
Seen them at the Amsterdam show October 2019 : very good show !
This soars way above anything they did as Joy Division. This was My 80s
One of my favorite N.O. tunes. 
Another first for me at RP. {#Notworthy}
Lots of drums, too much, but that synthesizer melody and bass line is classic.
Reminds me a bit of OMD, their UK musical cousins of the time.   
CLASSIC!
This from All Music:

Originally titled "KW1" (for "that Kraftwerk one," and the German synth explorers' influence is certainly highly felt), "Your Silent Face" is one of the key tracks on New Order's Power, Corruption and Lies. Musically, it's austere and gloriously chilly, a wash of synthesizers over electronic drums (Peter Hook's bassline doesn't even show up until the song is half over, and even then, it bows out after about 24 bars) with a melodica-like instrument wheezing out a hooky arpeggiated riff every so often. Lyrically, the song sounds like a deadpan parody of some of the late Ian Curtis' work, full of portentous imagery that just sort of tapers off without going anywhere in particular, capped off with the punchline "You've caught me at a bad time/So why don't you piss off?," proof that New Order's reputation as po-faced miserablists is largely unwarranted.
child-like recorder meshes with swirling synth meshes with dulcet voice meshes with angry lead bass: it shouldn't work but it does work, so so well

There are certain "80s" songs that really appeal to me ... this is one of them.
{#Cool}


rdo wrote:
...I just died and went to heaven when RP played this song. There are so many rewards to listening to this station.
Dude! I always knew you were a big softie. Me, too.

 rdo wrote:
I tried several internet Rock radio stations before I settled on RP and made a permanent home.  This was the song that sealed that decision.   I was always a big New Order fan before RP, but this was one song I had never heard (New Order must have the most fragmentary body of work of any post 1980 band). I just died and went to heaven when RP played this song.  There are so many rewards to listening to this station.
 
I absolutely agree with the first and last sentence of your post. RP is the best!

This song rubs me the right way!{#Meditate} 8!
cmon Bill
How did you get into New Order it doesnt fit with the rest

I tried.  I did.

Just not for me.


Thrilled to hear this here.  One of my favorite New Order songs, and why RP is so great.
Synth music rarely got this good, this track ranks alongside the best that depeche mode, erasure or eurythmics ever released

I'd like this a lot better if is sounded a lot less like the theme from "Knight Rider".
certainly the most powerful thing these guys ever did. this succeeds as art.
Classic time frozen tune {#Mrgreen}
1983 owes us an apology for synths
I tried several internet Rock radio stations before I settled on RP and made a permanent home.  This was the song that sealed that decision.   I was always a big New Order fan before RP, but this was one song I had never heard (New Order must have the most fragmentary body of work of any post 1980 band). I just died and went to heaven when RP played this song.  There are so many rewards to listening to this station.
This is the most inane thing I think I've heard in a long while.  Did their five year old son write that synth part?

Was this song in a movie? And if so, does anyone know which one? It seems like it's just on the edge of my recalling, but I can never seem to get it...
Definitely better than the usual New Oder stuff...
 burdell wrote:
Nearly perfection. The goal of great music is to generate an emotional response in the listener. And for me, this does it everytime. Takes me to a wonderful place. Thank you.
 
Beautiful ... {#Meditate}
 rdo wrote:
Had to stop what I was doing and just listen....
 
Amen...

Had to stop what I was doing and just listen....
Nearly perfection. The goal of great music is to generate an emotional response in the listener. And for me, this does it everytime. Takes me to a wonderful place. Thank you.
 
Nice..
 Gednabb wrote:
has anyone else noticed that when the main tune "clarinet" sound comes in in the intro, it's ever-so-slightly flat?

And folks, yes it's dated, but so are Shakespeare and bellbottoms.
You have to appreciate things in their original context; not every tune is written to be a classic.
Nice song.
 
Yea, every time that "clarinet" comes in it irks me a little, pleasant tune otherwise. I was going to ask the same question, but wanted to see if anyone else noticed it too.

Didn't really like 80's music in the 80's (of course, only generally speaking)... Can't say I changed my opinion...
One of my favourite New Order songs. And another vinyl I left in Sweden...Aghhhhhhhhhhhhh

Calling this Godlike still does not do it justice. 10 X 10


goood shit
 narc wrote:
Sumner is signing way off key.   That's what kept me from enjoying New Order and Electronic (the band) although the synth and sequences are really good.   {#Snooty}
 
If you'd listen to the first New Order album (Movement), Bernard's singing is even worse off key than here. But when the music is as good as it gets, I can live with that. Besides, I consider it part of the charm with early New Order personally.


Takes me back... keep going RP....

classic new order...
i have the cassette! from back in the day..

I consider myself a New Order fan, but this one has just a bit too much Kraftwerk influence.

If I wanted to listen to Computer World, that's what I'd do. And as a matter of fact, I think I'll do just that. 
The ULTIMATE New Order & 80's Song !
 foothillfreak wrote:
hearing this song is the closest i've come to feeling like a teenager in 20 years... Sounds As good now as then.
 

Their early catalogue has just been reissued by Rhino with a bonus disc for each one. Supposed to be really good...
I missed this song in the 80's too - maybe I'll get to miss it again sometime....{#Moon}
hearing this song is the closest i've come to feeling like a teenager in 20 years... Sounds As good now as then.
Sumner is signing way off key.   That's what kept me from enjoying New Order and Electronic (the band) although the synth and sequences are really good.   {#Snooty}
Somehow, I missed this band in the '80's. I like it !!
 Art_Carnage wrote:
This is like everything that's bad about '80s music, wrapped up in one song.
 

I'd love to know what you were listening to in the 80s. Stryper? Winger? The Judds? Please let me know.
I for one am quite happy to hear this lovely flashback.
Art_Carnage wrote:
This is like everything that's bad about '80s music, wrapped up in one song.





This is like everything GOOD about 80's music..... etc... Depending on your viewpoint. But since it's possible to draw a direct line from New Order to many other bands and styles in the 80's, 90's and beyond, in fact their influence far outweighs anything else around them at the time. And back then, we were (and I continue to be) blown away by their originality and vision. Despite any possible dodgy synth or production values, remembering that what they had at their disposal back then was at the very peak of technology. In its defence... Which is probably why they are still so fondly remembered, compared to so many other "bad" 80's bands.


 Art_Carnage wrote:
This is like everything that's bad about '80s music, wrapped up in one song.
 
Well said. 

 Art_Carnage wrote:
This is like everything that's bad about '80s music, wrapped up in one song.
 
C'mon, I'd be willing to bet you liked it back then!

has anyone else noticed that when the main tune "clarinet" sound comes in in the intro, it's ever-so-slightly flat?

And folks, yes it's dated, but so are Shakespeare and bellbottoms.
You have to appreciate things in their original context; not every tune is written to be a classic.
Nice song.
Touch my monkey...

....and now, we will dance....


Art_Carnage wrote:
This is like everything that's bad about '80s music, wrapped up in one song.
the synthesizer is way too cheesy.
Their song, "tempation" on the Trainspotting soundtrack got me into them. I recently got all their music on my computer. I still haven't given all of it a whirl.
veegez wrote:
I totally agree, except with one minor change. Replace 'bad' with 'great'.
Here! Here! :clap:
Impresionant , New Order , dels millors dels 80
Gambrinus wrote:
Nothing boosts a song's ratings like memories... 9!
Definiteley correct. I used to love New Order in the 80s.
Art_Carnage wrote:
This is like everything that's bad about '80s music, wrapped up in one song.
I totally agree, except with one minor change. Replace 'bad' with 'great'.
This is like everything that's bad about '80s music, wrapped up in one song.
Best New Order song ever.
I never imagined I would hear this song on "the radio". It stopped me in my tracks, as I used to love this song!!! Thanks, Bill, for the memories and the wonderfully diverse playlist.
handyrae wrote:
I think it's fair to say that this song has stood the test of time.
I'm surprised to find that I agree!
Nothing boosts a song's ratings like memories... 9!
Tony Wilson music promoter behind Mondays, Madchester, Joy Division, New Order and others, died August 10th 2007. If you are into postpunk check 24 Hour Party People, semi autobiographical film about Factory Records and Hacienda Club Manchester. These guys came through for their friend despite their rank reputation https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/health/s/1011/1011079_stars_buy_cancer_drug_for_tony.html Tony Wilson. RIP.">(click here)
I have to thank John Scoggins for this one. He told of a time in Austin in the early 80's when New Order came through and after the show they were looking for a little something to drink, but all the bars were closed. He found them a bottle of something and partied with them that night. The story ran that he also acquired for them a certain (then legal) substance that inspired the instrumental on this album called "Ecstasy." Thanks John, where ever you are.
I think it's fair to say that this song has stood the test of time.
still takes me there
King_Balt wrote:
here here - say hello to 'cool' club music henceforth, the non-cheesy type is born on this album.
Indeed. I'll never forget the summer I literally wore out this tape. Around the same time CDs first cam on the scene. 5-8-6 !!!
ladyk wrote:
Classic!
here here - say hello to 'cool' club music henceforth, the non-cheesy type is born on this album.
Classic!
mgoldman wrote:
Oh Damn, I thought I left my platform shoes around here somewhere. Have you seen them?
no platform shoes in the 80s. sorry.
Oh Damn, I thought I left my platform shoes around here somewhere. Have you seen them?
Amazing ! haven't heard this for 20 years, sent a shiver down my spine
Always loved New Order, always will. Thanks for this CLASSIC, Bill!
god, i used to love this band. i would listen to these albums over and over and over again. it was not unlike a sickness or like being in love
This was the album where New Order once and for all proved they were something else entirely than Joy Division. A monumental effort! :notworthy:
At the time, it seemed to be another one of those songs on the radio, though slightly better than the others that were out there... Now, it sounds INCREDIBLE! Thanks for putting this in there, Bill!
tiggers wrote:
Just sublime. One of Manchester's finest bands and well ahead of their time. Love it .. 9
:yes:
Just sublime. One of Manchester's finest bands and well ahead of their time. Love it .. 9
I'm a minor fan of NO with a couple of their later albums, but some of the earlier stuff from the 'Blue Monday' period really was tedious, and this is in that category, IMO. A 2.
Why does this remind me of Chariots of Fire (music by Vangelis)?
Smashing to hear a lesser played song than "Blue Monday" from this outstanding classic!
Grant-Lee Phillips has an excellant cover of the New Order classic Age of Consent on his new CD, ninteeneighties.
whoa......hazy memories of the very hazy 80s....
Best line..."so why don't you piss off," as the voice trails off.
I looooove early new order..... elktro-cool!!!!! :dancingbanana:
Aaaaaaaahhhh.... This feels goooooood... :good-vibes:
... Love this track! ... :cool: ...
lester wrote:
Like it.
what's to like about this soulless dreck?
Like it.
hoooray! New Order other than "Blue Monday"!
What a great addition to the RP playlist. I can't believe it took so long to get into the mix....briliant song from a great album...
nick_valensi wrote:
this is one of the best albums ever. It wouldn't exist without Kraftwerk, though. Man, those Kraftwerk geniuses!!!
Certainly you meant one of their best albums ever.
this is one of the best albums ever. It wouldn't exist without Kraftwerk, though. Man, those Kraftwerk geniuses!!!
love it. Nice to see something by them on the playlist
Very nice.
I've been wondering where this track was on RP- I'd have uploaded it some time ago if my rip wasn't one of the worst in my collection. I'm glad it finally surfaced, thanks to the uploader and Bill for playing it.