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New Order Go Dancing With Jacques Lu Cont

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Monday, February 14, 2005
Electronic music pioneers New Order have returned to making music for the dance floor on their new album Waiting For The Siren's Call, with two tracks co-produced by electro-disco super-producer Stuart Price (aka Jacques Lu Cont aka Paper Faces aka Thin White Duke).

The Manchester legends have also taken the surprising and highly unusual step of recruiting a guest singer on one of Price's tracks, Ana Mantronic from the Scissor Sisters.

"I must admit I was a bit dubious when Ana Mantronic was suggested as a singer," Bernard Sumner explained. "But she did a fantastic job, really lifted the track."

Price's second track Guilt Is A Useless Emotion took even longer to complete, said Sumner, involving a "tortuous route to get to where it is now'.

"I can't categorise it, but it's loosely a dance record," he confirmed. "Get Ready had no dance tunes, which we were very aware of, especially after we toured that record in 2001. It's important to keep that balance," he said.

Speaking to the Melbourne Herald Sun this week, Price admitted he found the experience of working with the Manchester legends both unsettling and illuminating.

"I realised that in basically every song I've ever written I've ripped off Bernard Sumner in every single way possible when it comes to vocal melodies," he admitted.

"We'd go over vocal parts and I'd think, "Er, that's exactly what I would have done here'. All those early New Order singles like Temptation through to True Faith, as a 15 year old kid, they had such a massive impact on me without me even realising it," he said.

Waiting For The Siren's Call is released on London Records on March 28.