New Order's "Temptation" is an epic song. Unfortunately, no one can settle which is the best version. The 1987 Substance version is a bit pop and catchy but it doesn't have the warmth of the original 1981 12". I like both but have a strong leaning toward the original. The 1987 version came out during the time when CD players first started gaining popularity. I clearly remember paying $12 for the two disc Substance CD at my local record store. That CD survived many scratches throughout the years.
Here are a collection of versions throughout the years.
Temptation 12" original. In my opinion, this by far the best when played off vinyl. I have both the 12" record and various CD digital imports. The 12" vinyl was one of the most expensive UK imports I remember paying for. The CD re-masters do not capture the warmth of the original recording. The lack of polish, the crackle and imperfections in the original studio recording gives the song great personality.
The 2007 Substance version (also known as Trainspotting soundtrack version). Sounds almost like a dance pop track.
Now for some live versions which are great on their own
Live in Glasglow (2006)
LIVE At Finsbury Park 2002
Live in NY 1981. This is New Order at its infancy. I think this is the first live recording of Temptation.
Ok, these guys are old but still pretty cool in my book. The hit song "If You Leave" from Pretty in Pink was a major teen anthem for many and prominently played at many High School Junior and Senior Proms.
Now, they are relegated to playing live at local bike shops.
In the cutaway shots, you can see some fellow forty year olds trying to get their groove on. I've seen this scene so many times replayed recently. There is sense of discomfort as middle age New Wavers try to get their groove on.
If You Leave.
"Jumping Up and Down is compulsory." I guess they were sensing the awkwardness in the crowd.
Clare Crogan was my first musical crush of the eighties. She was the lead singer of Altered Images and had a starring role in Gregory's Girl. 20 years later, she still looks fabulous. She must be 50 or 60 by now.
I'm a big music lover and I love the lost decade of the 80s. I consider myself to a connoisseur or british pop, alternative music of the New Wave era. I decided to make a blog to share some of my musical finds of all things related to the 80s such as rare 12" mixes, lost recordings, and modern cover remakes.
The bands and music I like are typical 80s such as New Order, the Smiths, Blancmange, Love and Rockets, the Cure, Spandau Ballet.
So lets get started on this blog. I hope you enjoy some of my picks. I'll also throw in some 90s tracks for good measure.