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