Times of our Lives: 1990 – World In Motion

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:

Title Band
Groovy Train The Farm
The Only Rhyme That Bites 808 State & MC Tunes
World In Motion New Order
Searchin’ Cabaret Voltaire
God’s Cop Happy Mondays
One Love The Stone Roses
Policy of Truth Depeche Mode
Shame Betty Boo
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
Velouria Pixies
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
Confusion New Order
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
Pineapple Face Revenge
Spanish Reggae The Durutti Column
My Rising Star Northside
Right Here Right Now Jesus Jones
Fishes Eyes New Fast Automatic Daffodils



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