So here’s my first post!
In 1987 New Order released the single “True Faith“. It was a huge hit, memorable in many ways including the very striking cover image. But turn the record over (yes, remember those big slabs of 12” vinyl) and you’ll find an equally wonderful song hidden away. That’s not an unusual facet of New Order’s 1980s material (“Lonesome Tonight“, the b-side of “Thieves Like Us” is another great example), but 1963 has always remained a favourite of mine.
So when I was pulling together the chords for True Faith (that will be a later post) I was reminded of that, and then came across this wonderful ukulele cover on YouTube (original New Order version is here).
What the song is about is anybody’s guess, although Wikipedia quotes the band’s lyricist Bernard Sumner as saying that it was;
“a tongue-in-cheek account of the song’s lyrics that relate it to the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. Sumner theorises that Kennedy arranged for Lee Harvey Oswald to shoot his wife so that “J.F. could do one with M. Monroe”. Monroe commits suicide when Oswald hits the wrong target (in reality, Marilyn Monroe died in 1962, over a year before the assassination took place) and Oswald is later shot by his boss for “doing such a bad job and causing his hit-man business to go bust”
and producer Stephen Hague describing it as
“the only song about domestic violence that you can dance to”
Chords for this were hard to come by, but with the help of a number of sources, and this video in particular, I managed to pull together something which seemed to work. Click on the icon below. Enjoy!