Monday, 17 February 2014

Lexie's Chain: The Hundred and Sixty First Chain

Hello pals! Welcome to week 161 of #lexieschain. Last week da winner was Stella wiv Ceremony by New Order. Lets see wot we gots dis week:

OK, easy peasy to link this week, loads of great bands from Manchester to choose from...but no! It's too hard to choose just one great band from Manchester, so we're going with something personal to do with Manchester. Mom and Dad saw Arcade Fire at the Manchester Apollo some years ago and said it was one of the best gigs they'd ever been to. They were also blown away by the support act, this young man - Patrick Wolf with The Magic Position.

Hello Miss Lexie…getting my entry in early this week…..last week Miss Stella chose a song by New Order called ceremony……New order were famously a part of the small stable of artists signed to Factory Records in Manchester….so this week our link is to the Rolling Stones song "Factory Girl".

Ceremony a great song. tho we thinks of it as Joy Division as it wuz written by Ian Curtis, Dad's favwite singer n 18/05/80 is one date he never forgets. Lots of possible linkys fer us some of em depwessin given da hints at suicide in many of Curtis' lyrics. Ceremony itself is ambiguous possibly about his disintegratin marriage or his own funeral or both. Anyways we's steerin clear of dese themes, Ian Curtis wuz literary n da last song Dad saw Joy Division perform live wuz "Atrocity Exhibition" named after a JG Ballard story. After Joy Dvision Dad's favwite band wuz The Comsat Angels who were named after a JG Ballard story. Dey wuz a fine band, Mark Kermode da BBC film critic says "they were the band Joy Division should have been". Dad saw dem a lot n knew dem kwite well, speshully Mic da drummer. Sadly dey never had da success dey shud av. Da sound wuz dark not unlike Joy Division's n wiv bleak lyrics, dey wuz fwom Sheffield. Dere are many gud songs such as "Monkey Pilot", "Independence Day n our linky "Be Brave".

Congrats to Stella! Great link from New Order which was formed from Joy Division after Ian Curtis committed suicide. Both bands hailed from Manchester which has/had a huge musical scene. Among the influential groups that got their start there are The Smiths, Oasis, Herman's Hermits , The Chemical Brothers and Simply Red. Ahhh to be able to! " Holding Back The Years ".

Looking at the lyrics & analysis of Ceremony there seems to be some debate about whether it's a song about a funeral or a wedding ceremony. We know that Ian Curtis committed suicide not long after the song was penned and that it was New Order's first release after the suicide and the changing of the band's name from Joy Division. What is for certain though is that the songwriter has put their heart and soul into what is a very poignant song. For this reason my link this week is Heart of Soul by The Cult. Lyrics from this song include "You got to bleed a little while you sing, Lest the words don't mean nothing" and I think this is very true and apt! Oh... and Heart of Soul was on the album entitled Ceremony!

Last week winnin linky woz Ceremony by New Order. hmm. Dis got me stumped so had to resort to research. I finds dey liked using da ol synthesizer so my linky will be da well nown toon wi one dese - da Dr Who feem toon.

Well dun to you Stella fur dat great songy Ceremony by New Order. So dis got us thinking about things dat is in a new order means you has a new day which sumtimes means is a Brand New Me so dat is our linky, simple but true. Brand New Me by Alicia Keys.

To link from Ceremony by Noo Order we decided to go for somefing more upbeat (tho New Order's always good if you fancy a wallow). So, where could we go? Hmm, well a wedding is a ceremony, and so we went for Elton John wiv 'Kiss the Bride'. Can't get much more upbeat than that!

Course, we all dus know that before being known as New Order, the band was Joy Division. I dus be followin a slightly macabre chain for ma song. Ma linky dus be Never Tear Us Apart by INXS where Mike Hutchence sings of how love WON'T tear them apart in complete juxtaposition to da most fabulous Joy Division song ever Love WILL Tear Us Apart sung by Ian Curtis. Boaf these great artists tragically died frew hanging themselves – one for pain, one (alledgedly) for pleasure. Showin how love can be the start and end of everyfink.

An da winner ... as chosen by  .... @smcheetham (Stella)  ...... dus be .............. @kelsoterrier wiv Heart of Soul by The Cult! Yay well done ma pal. So dat mean you dus be choosin next week Kelso.

Ere wot Stella said: Well this judging business is very tricky so many thoughtful links and so much to do with my home town Manchester. Trying to decide whether to chose my favourite link or the song I like best because that's not always the same thing.  After much thought I have gone with Linky number 5 because that is  about passion in music and that is something all of the Lexie's chain gang must have to play the game every week.  So I declare the winner to be Linky number 5 Heart of Soul by The Cult. 

So it's over to you. Email me: lexie at toxicpenguin dot com or DM me on twitter (@dogstoyevsky) wiv your link suggestion followin on from dis one! You has until noon (GMT) 23rd February 2014 (gets it to me by 2pm UK time if poss). Oh sometimes I dus accidentally delete em! Heehee. So good idea to type DO NOT DELETE in the title and dussnt forget to send a linky to da video from You Tube!

Lexie's Chain dus be inspired by da pawsome Radcliffe & Maconie Show wot you can has a listen to on dere website. Follow me @dogstoyevsky or #lexieschain on Twitter to join da fun. Remember anyfink goes! Rock, classical, opera, ballads, punk, reggae - is up to you! Fanx for playin!

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