“True Faith” – New Order

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You know how certain songs bring you back to certain times in your life. “True Faith” evokes vivid memories of the fall of 1988: the smell of stale beer, cigarettes, turtlenecks pulling on a 10:00 pm shadow, and hair that’s not quite hip enough to be a mullet. How could a young lass with an Elanie Benes haircut and acid-washed jeans resist? Surprisingly, they did … but that’s beside the point …

“Temptation” – Moby

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Another case of “it’s singer, not the song.” The original version of “Temptation” by New Order is really good, but what’s hard to discern behind the upbeat techno rhythms is a rather despairing song about the helplessness of addiction. I believe Moby sensed this and in his version, slowed the song down considerably, condensed the lyrics, and took the pathos of the song VERY seriously. The subdued nature of the vocals by Laura Dawn only magnifies the horror of the lyrics. Reminds me a lot of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.”