Electronic was a short-lived collaboration between New Order’s Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. The supergroup status was augmented on their first album (from which this song is taken) by the appearance of Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant who sang on a couple of songs. Whilst I think it would be fair to say that, in general, the whole was less than the sum of the parts (and the weight of expectation around this at the time was *huge*), it’s also clear that there emerged from the collaboration some real gems. Debut single Getting Away With It (which also included Tennant) was certainly one, and this, the lead single from their debut album, is another.
Definitely coming closer to the New Order end of the spectrum than The Smiths end, the music for Get The Message was actually written by Marr. But for me this song is definitely more than its parts – that rich, strummed guitar, the pulsating bass-line, the clean synth lines topped off with a great vocal from Sumner who, whilst definitely limited in terms of vocal skills, gives the song just what it needs.
So a ukulele version?! Well, to be honest I can’t find any trace of this, or anything else by Electronic ever making its way to the ukulele. No suprise there. So all the more reason to include it here. I guess it was the strumming pattern that drew me to it, and certainly what I enjoy most when playing it. The song sheet is reasonably faithful to the original, which means that there are some quite lengthly instrumental sections, so feel free to abridge those if you feel so inclined. Enjoy!