Getting Away With It: The ELECTRONIC Poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Getting Away with It" (5:14) 9
"Get the Message" (5:20) 5
"Gangster" (5:24) 3
"Some Distant Memory" (4:09) 3
"Try All You Want" (5:37) 2
"The Patience of a Saint" (4:11) 2
"Feel Every Beat" (5:08 1
"Tighten Up" (4:38) 1
"Reality" (5:39) 1
"Soviet" (2:00) 0
"Idiot Country" (5:02) 0


My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 July 2009 03:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Get The Message," for me.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 July 2009 03:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Get the Message will rightly walk it but Tighten Up is orchestral-stab heaven.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Sunday, 5 July 2009 10:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Gangster, without even stopping to consider. With Some Distant Memory the tiniest, tiniest fraction behind.

Actually, fuck. Now I have stopped to consider, I wonder if that should be the other way round? Ach, no, fuck it.

One of the few albums that genuinely touches perfection, I think. Absolutely a product of its time and place -- and it sounds it -- but then that time and place was the north of England at the turn of the 1990s, so precisely the same could be said of me.

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Sunday, 5 July 2009 11:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh god I've not listened to this record in years. I absolutely killed it with overplaying when it came out, now I can barely remember how it goes. Which was the one with the PSB all over it? Getting Away With It? I'll listen when I get to work and figure it out.

Violent In Design (Masonic Boom), Sunday, 5 July 2009 11:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

Getting Away With It was before the album. The Neil Tennant album track is Patience Of A Saint, which I've voted for.

Alba, Sunday, 5 July 2009 12:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

Actually, yeh, good point: my copy (vinyl) doesn't have Getting Away With It on it. I thought something seemed odd there.

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Sunday, 5 July 2009 13:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Idiot Country" for me, because it sets the tone for all the electropop goodness to come.

Neil S, Sunday, 5 July 2009 13:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

Getting Away With It was definitely on my copy of the album. Granted, I lived in the States at the time, but it was certainly on it.

Violent In Design (Masonic Boom), Sunday, 5 July 2009 13:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

This poll has the US track listing, which included "Getting Away With It".

he is substituite by Crime Club (HI DERE), Sunday, 5 July 2009 14:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

Going with "Gangster" here, for Barney's lyrics.

Millsner, Sunday, 5 July 2009 14:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Some Distant Memory" for the coda alone.

Stevie T, Sunday, 5 July 2009 14:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

gotta go 'get the message' really.

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Sunday, 5 July 2009 15:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

Cannot..WILL not choose. Every song is a keeper on this one.

Alex in NYC, Sunday, 5 July 2009 15:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Getting Away With It". Love "Idiot Country" too though.

Geir Hongro, Sunday, 5 July 2009 17:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

SOME DISTANT MEMORY IS TEH AWESOMES

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Sunday, 5 July 2009 17:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

tighten up has the lovely creamy left-over-smiths guitar riff

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Sunday, 5 July 2009 17:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard this in about - god - sixteen years, but i'm pretty sure it was 'some distant memory' that did it for me - Barney's titles don't make these polls easy.

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 5 July 2009 17:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

I read a Johnny Marr interview recently where he said 'Get The Message' was the best song he ever wrote. Can't say I share his view.

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 5 July 2009 17:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

He admitted in a Select interview from '93 that "Get The Message" and "Feel Every Beat" were two of the best songs he'd ever written. Has he had a change of heart?

Here's what I wrote about "Some Distant Memory" on the other Electronic thread: its "production and arrangement (a live oboe solo doubling a synth!) evoke the wistfulness of the title and lyrics."

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 5 July 2009 18:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

he has indeed

Ismael Klata, Sunday, 5 July 2009 19:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

This album would have been perfect had it included "Disappointed."

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 6 July 2009 01:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

wait, johnny marr lives in Portland now?

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 6 July 2009 03:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Curses, I voted for the wrong one - turns out it was 'Try All You Want' that rocked teenage me's world. I've got the album on just now and am pleased with it, though it's not really how I remembered it. I like the PSBesque eurodisco(?) beat everywhere and there's a slight demoish quality to it - if it was a bit lusher it would sound quite now, actually. Barney sounds good and there are just enough nice surprises, unexpected instruments and melody changes and so on, to keep it interesting (presumably a benefit of having Marr on board)

Ismael Klata, Monday, 6 July 2009 18:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Really the only songs on here I wouldn't feel bad about not voting for are "Idiot Country" and "Soviet".

her performance (ie, her pubes) stood out for me (HI DERE), Monday, 6 July 2009 18:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

If you want to go/I just can't say no.

My name is Kenny! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 July 2009 02:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

One of the few albums by anyone that I thoroughly enjoy all the way through.

Spencer Chow, Monday, 13 July 2009 06:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 22 July 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 23 July 2009 23:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

Surprised by the third-place finish for "Gangster."

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 23 July 2009 23:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

re-poll with the actual album tracklist

King Boy Pato Banton (sic), Friday, 24 July 2009 09:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Idiot Wind" is the opening track, isn't it?

Bucks the New Order trend...

Mark G, Friday, 24 July 2009 09:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Idiot Country" even...

Mark G, Friday, 24 July 2009 09:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

lol this album is pretty boring and the one thoroughly good track didn't win

General Pubic (Noodle Vague), Friday, 24 July 2009 09:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

re-poll with the actual album tracklist

Yes, that'd be nice. Mind, didn't fucking Blue Monday distort the PCL poll in a similar way, or something?

grimly fiendish, Friday, 24 July 2009 12:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

This was how it was released in the U.S., and we all know America rooles.

Heric E. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 24 July 2009 12:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hmph. I'd have no problem with that if it was an American album ... but really, I think Manchester rules should apply ;)

grimly fiendish, Friday, 24 July 2009 12:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

Mind, that's true of most things in life.

grimly fiendish, Friday, 24 July 2009 12:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Distortion is in the eye of the beholder ...

grimly fiendish, Friday, 24 July 2009 12:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Didn't we do this before? I don't remember for sure, but I thought I remembered voting for "Soviet". If I'd have seen this one I'd have voted for "Soviet" again, ahead of "Idiot Country" (which also placed low here b/c of the "rap" I assume?), b/c "Soviet" remains a mix tape staple of mine. This album was such a gateway album for me to bands I ended up loving a ton, and for that alone I still rate it very highly.

la saucisse est une femme? (Euler), Friday, 24 July 2009 15:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

I rate this album highly because it's fucking awesome.

Lisa Simpson = a fictional bitch (HI DERE), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

prob. top 20 for me all time

la saucisse est une femme? (Euler), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

i like Disappointed more than anything on this

unban dictionary (blueski), Friday, 24 July 2009 16:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

It is one of the great "lost" tracks.

Spencer Chow, Friday, 24 July 2009 19:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

'Idiot Country' is by no means the runt on here, it's got terrific guitar.

Ismael Klata, Friday, 24 July 2009 20:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yep: this is just a fantastic album all the way through. And yeh, it sounds of its time ... but that was a time I loved musically, so hey.

grimly fiendish, Friday, 24 July 2009 23:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"I don't know if we could get lost in a city this size if we wanted to."

This song is so great. What a title! And for a four minute song it's concise, with several different sections that don't repeat (note esp. the guitar part at just over two minutes in, & the closing part).

Euler, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 14:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

For such a simple chordal structure it's got so many unexpected production touches: chimes, choral synths, the flamenco guitar, and – the icing – that oboe part.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 September 2010 15:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Album is ultramegaclassic.

cee-oh-tee-tee, Tuesday, 14 September 2010 15:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

I love how they unwittingly made it difficult to google for downloads by naming themselves Electronic. Marr must have taken notes from fellow seer Matt Johnson.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 April 2013 02:35 (four years ago) Permalink

Ha. Once I saw some dudes at the airport who were clearly in some kind of band. I asked what the name was and guy told me, in heavy French accent, "Rock and Roll"

What About The Half That's Never Been POLLed (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 5 April 2013 14:10 (four years ago) Permalink

Great news on the reissue. I have the original CD which I suspect was mastered from vinyl, and was looking into ordering the previous remastered version with the black cover from the uk. Glad I waited.

Spencer Chow, Friday, 5 April 2013 17:30 (four years ago) Permalink

I have absolutely no words...

http://drownedinsound.com/releases/17564/reviews/4146274

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Monday, 8 April 2013 11:48 (four years ago) Permalink

the irony of accusing the re-issue of being "lazily tossed-off" is delicious.

Neil S, Monday, 8 April 2013 11:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Haha.

The second disc is pretty bad though. Alternate versions of songs that came out almost a decade later?

Spencer Chow, Monday, 8 April 2013 12:20 (four years ago) Permalink

On the other hand I wanted remastered opy of Second to None.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 April 2013 12:21 (four years ago) Permalink

I initially thought the Twisted Tenderness demos might have been recorded at the time of the 1st lp and then finished 10 years later

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 8 April 2013 13:59 (four years ago) Permalink

If you want to go
I just can't say no

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 April 2013 00:51 (four years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Reviving because it's been, you know, a year since the last time.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 March 2014 01:38 (three years ago) Permalink

Bought this on vinyl a couple months ago. It's still one of my favorite albums. Kind if wish they had release it in the US on vinyl so I could have Getting Away With It on there as well.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 14 March 2014 02:02 (three years ago) Permalink

Phone posting leads to some shady errors.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 14 March 2014 02:03 (three years ago) Permalink

I hope the new stuff from New Order incorporates the sweet synth basslines on display in Try All You Want and Some Distant Memory.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 14 March 2014 02:21 (three years ago) Permalink

better to live than to know

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 March 2014 02:23 (three years ago) Permalink

surprised Sumner and Marr haven't signed up to perform the album live at some festival.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 14 March 2014 08:49 (three years ago) Permalink

do you want to see Bernard dancing?

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 March 2014 12:21 (three years ago) Permalink

I have the sudden urge to listen to this again because it is so springlike, but I no longer seem to own this album! How did that happen?

"Endemic. What does that mean, man?" (Branwell Bell), Friday, 14 March 2014 13:08 (three years ago) Permalink

Surprised Sumner hasn't signed up to perform the album with Cunningham and Chapman, minus Marr.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 March 2014 13:24 (three years ago) Permalink

are these two estranged then? Anyway BB OTM - this album has such a fresh and sunny Spring feeling.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 14 March 2014 14:10 (three years ago) Permalink

I suddenly want to get a vinyl copy of this really badly. Sadly it's really hard to do a search for it on eBay. It does look like some copies with Getting Away With it on it came out. The album wouldn't seem right without it.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 14 March 2014 17:57 (three years ago) Permalink

This and Technique are Sumner's peak.

Toni Braxton-Hicks (Turrican), Friday, 14 March 2014 18:38 (three years ago) Permalink

Looks like the versions with Getting Away With It leave off Gangster for some reason.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 14 March 2014 22:07 (three years ago) Permalink

Really? They need to reissue this on vinyl with both those songs on as soon as possible then.

Think if I included this with all the New Order albums I'd rate only Technique and Low-Life higher. All three of them would be 10/10.

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 15 March 2014 02:05 (three years ago) Permalink

It does look like some copies with Getting Away With it on it came out. The album wouldn't seem right without it.

The album wouldn't seem right with it.

Charles, hatless (sic), Saturday, 15 March 2014 04:00 (three years ago) Permalink

The only version I've ever owned has it on there and as it's one of my favourite songs of all time I'd really miss it, even if it shouldn't be on there. It's the exact same situation as Virginia Plain on the first Roxy Music album.

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 15 March 2014 04:18 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah the original Uk vinyl and CD issue never had it on. same kinda deal as the re-issues of Meat Is Murder that have How Soon Is Now on them.

piscesx, Saturday, 15 March 2014 05:55 (three years ago) Permalink

tighten up has the lovely creamy left-over-smiths guitar riff

― Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Sunday, July 5, 2009 1:35 PM (4 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

death and darkness and other night kinda shit (crüt), Saturday, 15 March 2014 06:33 (three years ago) Permalink

^ this is what i feel

death and darkness and other night kinda shit (crüt), Saturday, 15 March 2014 06:33 (three years ago) Permalink

I absolutely love some distant memory. I guess because it could so easily fit on technique..

panettone for the painfully alone (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 17 March 2014 17:34 (three years ago) Permalink

ILM's love of Some Distant Memory is what made me feel right at home when I stumbled here. That oboe solo outro still kills me after all these years

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 17 March 2014 18:53 (three years ago) Permalink

"getting way with it" is my least favourite track here. i don't like the strings on it, and in a way the song does not evolve after the good start. it just meanders around without a clear destination. it is still better than 95% of the music around but on this gorgeous album it is the stinker. my fave is definitely "feel every beat" which didn't fare too well in the poll. how it slowly builds up and gets better and better. and turns into a monster groove. that keyboard line soaked in reverb which reminds so much of matt johnson's "soul mining" cd. it is so incredibly light and airy. irresistible dance pop at its finest.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 17 March 2014 22:10 (three years ago) Permalink

"getting away with it", of course.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 17 March 2014 22:11 (three years ago) Permalink

getting away with it, yes. ok, i've not seen a pic of bernie since the mid 90s and was just confronted with the youtube spectacle of something from last year. i do hope he is well.

into the aerosmith, over the sea (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 02:39 (three years ago) Permalink

ILM's love of Some Distant Memory is what made me feel right at home when I stumbled here. That oboe solo outro still kills me after all these years

― licorice oratorio (baaderonixx)

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 02:39 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

BETTER TO LIVE THAN TO KNOW

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 May 2016 17:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Hehehehe... funny that this got bumped given that I'm currently up to the part in Chapter and Verse where Sumner and Marr are trying to promote this record while nursing killer hangovers.

(Although I haven't yet stopped laughing at the part where Ian Curtis brings a French journalist to Joy Division's rehearsal room for an interview to be greeted with the sight of a room full of miners watching a porno)

Turrican, Monday, 23 May 2016 19:04 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Better to live than to know.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 January 2017 02:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

I put this NO play list together that includes Electronic tracks.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 January 2017 03:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

Whenever "Getting Away With It" pops into my head, I end up immediately singing the Psychedelic Furs' "Love My Way." Am I the only one who does this? I mean, the chorus is almost identical, even down to the slight variation (C instead of A on the Electronic song, not sure about the Furs) of the second note the second time they sing the hook (compare the second "all my life" to "I follow")

sorry, that was nerdy, but if ever there was a forum on which to express such a thing, it is here

Would have voted "Patience Of A Saint" but missed the poll

Wimmels, Sunday, 15 January 2017 19:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

Can't believe I never noticed that similarity between the songs before. From now on, I'm sure my brain will make the substitution

Vinnie, Sunday, 15 January 2017 21:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

more is less and you're repressed!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 15 January 2017 22:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

thread prompted me to play the associated singles from the first album. I like all the non-album tracks, but especially enjoy when Free Will gets about 2mins in and it sounds like the song starts again: https://youtu.be/VD6-bMRJJZY?t=132

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 16 January 2017 17:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

I love the B-sides, especially this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH4u1kMCvmo

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 January 2017 19:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, agree with Second to None. It seems like it could have easily fit on the album.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 16 January 2017 20:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

Oh wow didn't know there was anything beyond the album from that era

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 16 January 2017 20:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

They excelled at instrumentals. This one has had a long life as bumper music:

https://www.google.com/search?q=lean+to+the+inside+electronic&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 January 2017 20:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Turning Point and Lucky Bag are my b-sides of choice right now.

badg, Thursday, 2 March 2017 20:00 (six months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

"Getting Away With It" was one of the last songs to be released during the 80's and made for a perfect closure to the decade. Also because of that timing it came out around Christmas so I forever associate it with the holidays.

Is there another comparable song that closes out a particular era of time so well? Maybe "Good Times" by Chic?

yesca, Monday, 11 September 2017 12:51 (one week ago) Permalink


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