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New Order – Low Life (1985)

[Album 605/1001]

Order matters.

And with New Order, I’ve started to realize why I adore some of their tracks and feel indifferent to others.

Tunes like Regret, my gateway New Order song, are pop masterpieces. The song itself is paramount, the synths feel like another layer rather than the driving force.

Whereas with tunes like Blue Monday, the synthesizers drive the bus, the track loops for over seven minutes, to my, not necessarily chagrin, but more to my increasing disengagement.

Although in numeric addition, the order of integers on the left side shouldn’t matter (e.g. 3 + 2 = 5, 2 + 3 = 5), those rules do not apply with regard to New Order & their contemporaries.

Which helps explain why I love New Order Pop-Synth…and I am somewhat less jazzed about New Order Synth-Pop.

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Unsurprisingly, when they adhere to the Pop-Synth structure on Low Life, I’m all in.

Love Vigilantes might be one of the band’s strongest tracks; an upbeat, guitar-driven New_Order_Lowlife_Coveropener, juxtaposed with a tragic lyrical ending.

When the low-register guitar riff made its entry in Sunrise, I didn’t even need to hear the rest of the song to know it would be right up my street.

The rest of the way, the album is likely split 50-50 between Pop-Synth & Synth-Pop.

So how you feel about Low Life as a whole will likely depend upon your personal Pop-Synth & Synth-Pop equations!

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Verbalize the Positive

1. Equations + Music + Graphics = some of my favourite things, regardless of the order.

2. Summer holidays start this week & I think I’m ready to speed up my writing pace a bit, up from my current rate of 1 review every 2.5 months! 😀

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Artist of the Week II – Quiz #25

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, Little Richard

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Little Richard last week.

The results after 24 weeks (as of Monday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 24

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Ready for Quiz #25?

Halfway there!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #25
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..European artist born in 1965, she was the lead singer of The Sugarcubes (whose debut album, Life’s Too Good, is on the 1001 list)…

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400 points………………..though she’s better known as a solo artist & a hat trick of her records (Debut, Vespertine, and Medúlla) are also on the 1001 list

 

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300 points…………………Her home country (population 350,710) is currently turning heads in the Men’s World Cup of Football/Soccer, especially after its 1-1 draw with Argentina
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200 points…………………She goes by her umlaut-ed first name (which sounds like a honey-producing flying insect + a city in Northeast England)

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100 points………………..The artist is:    B_____

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Answer: بيورك

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Her tune, It’s Oh So Quiet, is an exemplar of how to go from a pianissimo verse to a fortissimo chorus!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #24

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Radiohead last week.

The results after 23 weeks (as of Saturday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 23 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #24?

I do declare!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #24
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American artist born in 1932, his last name is Penniman

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400 points………………..He has one rock &/or roll album on the 1001 list, his 1957 debut album, Here’s (his stage name)

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300 points…………………There’s a bit of uncertainty as to the correct spelling/grammar of the opening line from that album’s opening track; it’s something along the lines of, “Whomp bopa-a-lu a ba lomp bom bom”
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200 points…………………He shares the first part of his stage name with the fictional mouse, Stuart; he shares the second part with the non-fictional Montreal Canadien, Maurice

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100 points………………..The artist is:    L___________ R__________

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Answer: القليل ريتشارد

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

That debut is surely among the most potent ever!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #23

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Lenny Kravitz last week.

The results after 22 weeks (as of Wednesday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 22

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Ready for Quiz #23?

It’s time!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #23
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..On this author’s “Top 15 Albums” list from the Top15onthe15th blogging festivites a few years ago, this band’s 1997 & 1995 albums were #3 and #5, respectively (No surprises there)

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400 points………………..Though their 21st century output hasn’t exactly emphasized guitars, guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s Phantom Thread score received an Oscar nomination last year

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300 points…………………Lead singer Thom Yorke, according to one of his early lyric sheets, considers himself to be a Creep/weirdo
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200 points…………………One word band name; the first half of the name is a listening device with AM/FM options, the second half is the part of a body where one typically finds the organs responsible for hearing such an AM/FM device

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100 points………………..The artist is:    R______________

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Answer: راديوهيد

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Likely my favourite active band!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #22

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton, The Killers

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified The Killers last week.

The results after 21 weeks (as of Friday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 21

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Ready for Quiz #22?

Huzzah!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #22
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..American artist born in 1964, he played the role of ‘Cinna’ in The Hunger Games

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400 points………………..Some math teachers (or at least, one) cite this artist’s 1991 tune when advising students to reduce fractions as much as possible: Remember, “it ain’t over til it’s over” ♪

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300 points…………………This stylish artist’s 1989 debut album, Let Love Rule, is on the 1001 list
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200 points…………………He shares a first name with Carl’s friend from The Simpsons, his last name with The Apprenticeship of Duddy

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100 points………………..The artist is:    L_____ K________

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Answer: ليني كرافيتز

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Are You Gonna Go My Way, what a riff!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #21

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye, Dolly Parton

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Dolly Parton last week.

The results after 20 weeks (as of Friday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 20

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Ready for Quiz #21?

Let’s do this!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #21
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..In 2004, long before Nevadans were making a Fuss over their Golden Knights hockey team, Las Vegas residents were cheering for another Hot new hometown act (whose debut album would eventually sell 7 million copies)

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400 points…………………This Brandon-Flowers-fronted group also appeared on a Season 2 episode of The O.C., playing Smile Like You Mean It, Everything Will Be Alright, and…

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300 points…………………Mr. Brightside
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200 points…………………The band name is the same as the third word from the 1994 Oliver Stone Film, Natural Born __________ (and it’s also the plural of Doug Gilmour’s nickname)

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100 points………………..The artist is:    The K________

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Answer: القتلة

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

That first side from their 2004 debut, one of the 21st Century’s finest thus far!

Artist of the Week II – Quiz #20

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Amazing Artist of the Week Series logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

Artists of the Week (so far): Genesis50 CentSlayerWhitney HoustonoasisPaul SimonChicagoFatboy SlimDef LeppardBeyoncé, Kraftwerk, Green Day, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Anthrax, CCR, Bon Jovi, Annie Lennox, Marvin Gaye

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified Marvin Gaye last week.

The results after 19 weeks (as of Friday afternoon – results submitted after that time will be added next week):

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after 19

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Ready for Quiz #20?

It’s go time!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(Same as last year, feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #20
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Almost 2 decades prior to Whitney’s version, this American Artist wrote & recorded I Will Always Love You

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400 points……………….,,Also about 2 decades before Donny Osmond was singing about his “Coat of Many Colors” (in the Taranna Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), she had an unrelated 1971 album & opening track about a similarly colorful coat

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300 points…………………She appears on the 1001 list twice; once as a solo artist & another as a Trio with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
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200 points…………………She shares a first name with the sheep that was cloned in the 90s; though perhaps this country music superstar ought to look into her search engine optimization, as on the google search results list for her last name, she was second to a particle physics model of hadrons!

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100 points………………..The artist is:    D_____ P________

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Answer: دوللي بارتون

(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

I gather she’s written over 3,000 tunes – impressive productivity!