Top 10 New Order Songs #6 - "Elegia"
April 24, 2016 2:30pm CST
#6 in my Top 10 New Order Songs series is a bit of a departure for the band. New Order is highly regarded as an influential electronic dance band, with an 80's output full of alternative dance classic 's (as far as I'm concerned, their 12" single "Blue Monday" is the greatest dance song ever recorded.) The band also had an equally great rock side, which, unfortunately, was pretty much overshadowed by their dance music. "Elegia," from the 1985 album Low-Life, is a departure from both sides. It is an absolutely stunning, gorgeous instrumental. Thank goodness the song has it's own Wikipedia page, because I've picked up a juicy tidbit or two from it: "Elegia" was composed as a tribute to guitarist/vocalist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris' Joy Division vocalist, the late Ian Curtis. And if you've played Metal Gear Solid V, you've heard it, whether you know it or not, as the song was used in that game. A bit different from what New Order is known for, but there was no way "Elegia" wasn't finding it's way into this series. Even if I had to bump something more popular to fit it in.
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