It was always going to a football-related post for 1990. Italia ’90; England’s redemption. A benchmark as well. Not on the pitch although that remains the furthest we’ve got since 1966 but it was the World Cup record which set the bar, one which has never been equalled in my view.
I’ll take a moment to step aside. It’s curious how sometimes you get to gigs. Around 1989-90, we were set for an evening’s beer in the West End and met in a pub at the top of Oxford Street, The Tottenham. Chatting music in there, we got talking to another punter who said we had to go and see a band at the Marquee. Called The La’s.
Turned out he was right, they were bloody good. Never underestimate the recommendation of a stranger when it comes to music. A healthy scepticism is proper in everything else…
Back to the main thrust of the post.
And a benchmark as well. Not on the pitch although that remains the furthest we’ve got since 1966 but it was the World Cup record which set the bar, one which has never been equalled in my view.
In his soon-to-be-reprinted autobiography, Peter Hook admits World In Motion was a New Order record. The brilliance, he maintains, comes from getting Keith Allen to write the lyrics.
The comedian captured the mood perfectly, straying into football territory but as the Second Summer of Love and Madchester went mainstream, he intertwined the two into the optimism for the coming World Cup.
New Order could have released a record with Neil Kinnock reading the phone directory and it would have gone to Number One. Perhaps Kinnock should have; it would have been the only time he led the nation in anything.
Hook recalls the record with fondness; hardly surprising since it was his only Number One.
At the time, there was an NME interview in which he bemoaned the fact that few of the England players showed any interest in the record – hence their absence from the video. They were, he said, more interested in shop openings where they earned more money.
It’s a theme he returns to and I’m sure that the taxman will be interested in the tale of brown envelopes being handed out at the studios.
Compiling the playlist, this might be as ‘pop’ as it gets. Certainly, there’s no surprise that it’s dominated by the ‘Madchester’ bands as I freely admit to throwing myself head first into that scene, a natural extension of my love of the Factory Records catalogue beforehand.
Anyhow, enjoy this one:
|Groovy Train||The Farm|
|The Only Rhyme That Bites||808 State & MC Tunes|
|World In Motion||New Order|
|God’s Cop||Happy Mondays|
|One Love||The Stone Roses|
|Policy of Truth||Depeche Mode|
|Only Love Can Break Your Heart||Saint Etienne|
|Twenty Four Minutes from Tulse Hill||Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine|
|Cowboys Are Square||Thee Headcoats|
|Everything Flows||Teenage Fanclub|
|There She Goes||The La’s|
|This Is How It Feels||Inspiral Carpets|
|International Bright Young Thing||Jesus Jones|
|Dig for Fire||Pixies|
|Every Other Thursday||The Parachute Men|
|Shall We Take a Trip||Northside|
|I Kicked A Boy||The Sundays|
|Love Will Keep Us Together||Terry, Blair & Anouchka|
|Blake’s Jerusalem||Billy Bragg|
|Dream Come True||The Brand New Heavies|
|I’m Not Your Slave||Revenge|
|Keep On||Cabaret Voltaire|
|Loose Fit||Happy Mondays|
|The Only One I Know||The Charlatans|
|Monkey On My Back||Inspiral Carpets|
|Timeless Melody||The La’s|
|Telephone Thing||The Fall|
|Personal Jesus||Depeche Mode|
|Three Cool Catz||Terry, Blair & Anouchka|
|Real Beauty Passed Through||Band of Holy Joy|
|Big||New Fast Automatic Daffodils|
|Sheriff Fatman||Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine|
|Sproston Green||The Charlatans|
|Something’s Burning||The Stone Roses|
|Stay Beautiful||Manic Street Preachers|
|Faith And Healing||Ian McCulloch|
|Like a Daydream||Ride|
|Corduroy||The Wedding Present|
|God Knows It’s True||Teenage Fanclub|
|White Lightning||The Fall|
|Enjoy the Silence||Depeche Mode|
|Spanish Reggae||The Durutti Column|
|My Rising Star||Northside|
|Right Here Right Now||Jesus Jones|
|Fishes Eyes||New Fast Automatic Daffodils|