Favorite "Silent" Songs #8 - "Your Silent Face"

@teamfreak16 (41181)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
August 27, 2017 2:32am CST
Songs with either "silent" or "silence" in the title is the theme of this particular music countdown, and so far we've paid a visit to legends, namely, Miles Davis, and Simon and Garfunkel. We are at #8: "Your Silent Face," by influential 80's alternative electronic dance band, New Order. "Your Silent Face" kicks off side two of New Order's 1983 album, Power, Corruption & Lies (arguably their best record. I say "arguably" because the follow up, Low-Life, is pretty damn good.) It was not released as a single (up until "The Perfect Kiss," the band refused to include singles on their albums) and therefore not a hit, but the tune still made the setlist when I saw them in 1989, which says something considering that the group had more than enough hit material to choose from by that time. There were two sides to New Order. They were a groundbreaking, highly influential electronic dance act that ruled the dancefloors of the 80's club scene. However, they were also very good at alternative guitar rock. "Your Silent Face" kind of straddles the two. It's very keyboard-heavy, yet also sounds like the direction Joy Division (the group vocalist/guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris were in prior to New Order) might have taken at some point had Joy Division vocalist Ian Curtis not hung himself, effectively ending that band. Call me a fanatic, but I've never heard anything by either Joy Division or New Order that I haven't liked, which is why I listen to these guys. A lot. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
New Order YOUR SILENT FACE Album "POWER, CORRUPTION & LIES", Track 05 Factory, 1983
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• United States
27 Aug
Love this one too Scott. Love New Order period.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Aug
They are a favorite. I got to see them at Red Rocks, but they didn't play long due to equipment failure. They played a full set when I saw them in England.
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@JohnRoberts (57235)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Aug
Amen to that.
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• United States
27 Aug
@teamfreak16 Good you got to see these great artists Scott!!
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@crossbones27 (19602)
• Redlands, California
27 Aug
Really good steady flow to this song and do like the blend of the keyboards
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Aug
The drummer's wife is the keyboardist.
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• Redlands, California
27 Aug
@teamfreak16 Oh cool, keep it in the family as Anthrax likes to say.
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• Preston, England
27 Aug
Always saw New Order as closer to punk than dance band - great song choice though
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Aug
Well, they did form Joy Division with the intention of being a punk band. Makes sense.
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@TheSojourner (17454)
• United States
27 Aug
I was not a fan of all the synthesized music from that time. I have to admit. This was the first time I have heard this one.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Aug
The synthesizer was king in the 80's, that much is certain.
@kepweng (15005)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
27 Aug
thanks for sharing nice song than mj
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@FourWalls (13784)
• United States
29 Aug
Whenever I see your silent face I have to smile myself...oh, wait, that's James Taylor. (Yes, I'm silly tonight. Blame the cough medicine.) I went to the live version. Superb. And I'd never call you a fanatic (as I run off to put another Dale Watson sticker on my car).
© 2008 WMG Your Silent Face [Live in Glasgow]
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
29 Aug
I've watched this one before. Don't know why I didn't use it instead.
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@andriaperry (50716)
• United States
27 Aug
I dont know this one but I did like it.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Aug
I'm glad. It's not a real well known song. Unless you've listened to the album, odds are you haven't heard it.
@JohnRoberts (57235)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Aug
What can I say? Thumbs up. It's never go wrong New Order.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Aug
I can't pass up the chance to use these guys whenever I can in these things.
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@TRBRocks420 (77728)
• Banks, Oregon
27 Aug
People no doubt had a blast in the clubs with this one.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Aug
I know I had a blast when they played it when I saw them.
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