24 Hour Party People Music from the Motion Picture
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2002 soundtrack to the blackly comic tale of music, sex, drugs, and excess. 18 tracks, highlights include 'Anarchy In The U.K.' Sex Pistols, '24 Hour Part People' Happy Mondays, 'Transmission' Joy Division, 'Ever Fallen In Love' Buzzcocks, 'Janie Jones' C
Centered around the legendary nightclub the Hacienda, the evolution of Manchester, England's clubbing culture from punk's birth to the exuberant late-'80s, drug-addled "Madchester" scene is documented by 24 Hour Party People. As would be expected from a movie celebrating the rise of beat-oriented bands, the soundtrack reads like a who's who of Manchester's punk, postpunk, and dance acts. The dour, minimalist bass lines and desolation of Joy Division blurred into New Order's rhythmic mix of icy dance-floor desire and sorrow after JD vocalist Ian Curtis's suicide in 1980. Each group has their best songs included, as do Happy Mondays, their hypnotic, party-heavy beats and gospel-tinged revelry sounding fresh even today. While not as mainstream, a cut by gentle soulful noodlers the Durutti Column and serene comedown anthems from acid-house legends 808 State and A Guy Called Gerald are also gems. Even better, the two new New Order songs--an apocalyptic take on JD's "New Dawn Fades" with Moby on vocals, and the ultra-clubby Technique-flavored "Here to Stay"--fit in seamlessly. It's likely that fans of these bands already possess most songs included, but Party People is the ultimate snapshot of these eras, a mix tape of artifacts worth revisiting, or experiencing for the first time. --Annie Zaleski
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Factory's most famous bands, Joy Division and its post-Ian Curtis remake, New Order, are represented by a few of their classic tracks (Love Will Tear Us Apart, the song that is rumored to have driven Ian to suicide, still sounds fresh, and New Order's Blue Monday, which would fit on any top 40 station 20 years after its release). Among the other great tracks by New Order is a live "New Dawn Fade" featuring Moby and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Listening makes you wonder why this band was never a monster in America.
Fortunately, this CD also features a number of the other near-greats from the Manchester scene, and 808 state's Pacific State is easily the best of these tunes. It's use of saxophones and syhthesizers to drive the beat proves that electronic music can have a lot of heart.
Happy Mondays, The Buzzcocks and some other legendary bands also appear on this soundtrack which interstingly kicks off with the Sex Pistol's Anarchy in the U.K. - a bit of irony that this song, with its minimalistic attitude and scratchy vocals appears on a soundtrack for music that is the aural opposite of the punk flavor.
I'm looking forward to the release of this movie - the Factory sound was key (along with Giorgio Moroder) to the introduction of electronica/ambient/trip-hop music of today, and it serves a vital role in the bridging of musical genres.