My memorable New Order experience was getting to record with them just a month after Ian Curtis died.

There’s been a lot said and written about the session some of which is inaccurate.

Tony Wilson rang me the night before I was due to go in Graveyard Studio for my first ever ‘proper’ recording session and asked me if I’d like ‘the JDs’ to back me.

Of course what I witnessed was Hook, Morris and Sumner with the New Order name just decided upon. I was so green I’d never really seen how a recording session was done – much time was spent on getting the right drum sound for example – but we did get to play together at once as a four piece. Though all three were very welcoming to me I now understand better how raw they must have still felt over Ian, that and my own inexperience didn’t always make for great results recording-wise but I heard them create all those iconic trademark sounds – Steve’s stark skeletal beats, Bernard’s keyboard on the same setting as ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.. and the Hooky bass, no less a thrill 30 years on, I’ve seen him do it with Joy Division, New Order, Revenge, Monaco, Section 25.. nobody does it quite like he does..

So, a long time since my one time with New Order and it felt funny years on seeing them on Top Of The Pops on that Baywatch set doing ‘Regret’ but there you go, life itself is funny, and Factory seems closer to me now that it did in the late 80s early 90s, it’s all come around again, full circle!

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