21 Mar 2008
A Chrysler Building's worth of pop-orchestral magnificence 
Chip Kidd's Living With Music: A Playlist as told to the New York Times's Dwight Garner includes The Perfect Kiss by New Order.

He describes it thus: "For me, otherwise known as The Perfect Song. To the uninitiated, on first listen it probably just sounds like bad disco, in the way that Gilbert and Sullivan's "A Modern Major General" might sound like merely clever recitative. But with something like six or seven listens, the layers peel back and an astoundingly complex aural architecture is erected before one's very ears, and then - there before you is a sky-scraper of sound, the likes of a Chrysler Building's worth of pop-orchestral magnificence. Which then just collapses, to your profound dismay. So you hit "Play" again, and for four more minutes it builds again, and you are happy."

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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