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- Posted on Mar 19th 2010 7:30AM by Julian Marszalek
Bringing their show to London's Electric Ballroom on Thursday (March 18), the band gleefully swan dived into their rich history to add a sizeable chunk of Joy Division and New Order classics to the latest material they're currently promoting.
So it was that 'Ceremony,' 'Regret' and 'Crystal' sat happily next to newer cuts such as 'Sink Or Swim' but it was the band's detours into Sumner's extracurricular activities that really raised the eyebrows. Electronic -- the side project formed by Sumner with erstwhile Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr -- were revisited in the form of 'Tighten Up,' while 'Out Of Control,' Sumner's collaboration with the Chemical Brothers, segued into the perennial favourite, 'Temptation.'
And while 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' was greeted like the old friend that it is, it became increasingly difficult not to pine for Hook's distinctive and idiosyncratic baselines. However, until Hook and Sumner settle their differences, Bad Lieutenant prove to be an able, if less substantial, substitute.