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Uke-ifying my favourite songs

1963 – New Order



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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!


3 thoughts on “1963 – New Order

  1. You are making me miss my teen years of dancing to New Order and the big to-do it caused when our high school aerobic routine was to New Order, because that was too progressive, and they wished it had been more Paula Abdul LOL.

  2. LOL indeed – totally inappropriate, but that left me with a vision of cheerleaders with pom-poms and white-teeth smiley faces strutting along to 7 and a half minutes of Blue Monday! As I say, I’m sure that’s totally inaccurate, but the picture stuck.

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