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Lost Sirens


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The Madchester scene and Factory Records may well be the single most overrated and unwarrantedly praised era British music has ever seen. If The Stone Roses’ horrific and embarrassing reunion accomplished anything, it was to starkly demonstrate that while this music may have provided a boom for a provincial town in the Northwest, it belongs avowedly to a bygone era.

Unlike the Roses, New Order was one of the few decent bands of that era; in forming from the ashes of Joy Division they embodied the transition of post punk into New Wave. That was 30-odd years ago, though, and now their fans have put away the tracksuits and grown up into the Top Gear audience. As a result, 2005’s Waiting for the Sirens’ Call is nobody’s favorite New Order record, and it’s fair to guess not many people were waiting with baited breath for an outtakes album from an apparently dreary and unimaginative recording period.

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March 5th 2013

That review is almost as rotten as the album. To suggest that Factory records legacy is overrated is astonishingly ignorant. How old is the reviewer? Ten?

March 5th 2013

That is the most ill informed and snotty review I’ve ever seen. The Roses reunion has been brilliant. To say the Factory and Madchester scene was overrated is ludicrous. Not only was it incredibly influential it produced some of the greatest bands to ever come out of the U.K . Maybe do a little research before you write.

Dan Lucas
March 6th 2013

I think I’ve been edited a bit here, as I thought I clarified that Manchester has produced a fair few great bands, New Order included, and that this is no worse than Waiting for the Siren’s Call.

On the other hand if a Stone Roses fan ever agreed with anything I ever wrote then I’d probably kill myself.