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Caturday Covers: the greatest song ever written and re-recorded

Posted: April 17th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Caturday Covers, machines | 2 Comments »

This week I am giving you my all-time forever favorite song in various of its incarnations. First, the pre-original, Joy Division’s “Ceremony.” This is one of only two versions with Ian Curtis singing, recorded at a live performance sixteen days before his suicide.

After Joy Division became New Order, the song was re-recorded with Bernard Sumner having transcribed the lyrics from those two originals (and re-written the first verse which is indistinguishable in both). This is the album version of “Ceremony,” off of New Order’s Movement.

BUT, my preferred version and favorite song of all-time favorite songs forever, and the song I will die to, is Xiu Xiu’s (massively gayified) version of Ceremony, from Chapel of the Chimes, which unsurprisingly replaces the focused angst of the original with unconstrained hysteria.

Bonus section:
Here is an obvious failed attempt at trying to figure out what made Ceremony so good, post-Ian Curtis, which is nevertheless the best song New Order ever made, “Leave Me Alone.”

Here is Xiu Xiu remixing their more recent live version of Ceremony.

Here is a disgusting, too-stoned-to-know-what-makes-this-song-good version of Ceremony by Galaxie 500.

Also, Radiohead:


2 Comments on “Caturday Covers: the greatest song ever written and re-recorded”

  1. 1 Drunkle said at 12:01 pm on April 17th, 2010:

    Caturday Covers is quickly becoming one of my favorite internets.

  2. 2 BPB said at 3:17 pm on April 17th, 2010:

    How quickly?