Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Ceremony by Radiohead

Amongst all of British rock legends New Order's vast array of singles, one of the less celebrated ones has to be the blissfully insouciant, yet strangely intense "Ceremony", which was actually written by Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis shortly prior to his death by suicide in May 1980. The rest of the band, of course, went on to form New Order, and chose it to be their debut single. Neo prog-rockers Radiohead did a commendable live take on this classic recently in a webcast, and while it's not impressionably different from the original version, it bears enough Radiohead characterisitcs (i.e. studied guitar pyrotechnics, Thom Yorke's unique singing mannerisms) to make it a fairly distinct reading. Check out the promo here.