Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Perfect Kiss

Of all the diverse video clips New Order have made, the most realised one has to be Jonathan Demme’s promo for "The Perfect Kiss". In it, the four members are shown doing nothing more than performing the synth-pop magnum opus in its full-length, nine-minute entirety in the studio, switching between different instruments at the appropriate moments. While this might sound like a dull in-studio presentation, the video is logically suited, since the song itself features so many separate layers of instrumentation. By showing the band’s performance dynamics at work, Demme has captured the essence of what it is really like being in a professional, tightly wound unit like New Order.