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New Order: Finsbury Park Sports Centre, London

Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 14 February 1985

HOW DO New Order get away with It? If Wham!, Spandau or Frankie stood up onstage wearing their everyday clothes and looking fairly bored, played lots of bum notes on the guitar, forgot to tune the synths properly, got the words wrong, and were generally a bit of a mess then everyone would say they were down the dumper, right? But that's exactly what New Order have always done, and it only seems to make them all the more popular. Which just goes to show that it takes more than a clever stylist and loads of rehearsal to make a good live band.

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