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OMD, “Statues”


I had forgotten that this 1980 song by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark was dedicated to Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division, who hung himself in 1980. Joy Division then renamed themselves New Order, since they were missing their lead singer.


Free-association linkfest:

  • Joy Division” is a nickname for a German military brothel in World War 2. In occupied France, these brothels were largely staffed by professional prostitutes, and their patronage was regulated by German military regulations. In Eastern Europe, these brothels were more like ad hoc prison camps, with the German soldiers rounding up, enslaving and raping local women as they pleased.
  • New Order” is taken from a newspaper article which described the New Order of Cambodia after the fall of Pol Pot’s dictatorship, when Vietnam invaded Cambodia in 1979 to put an end to Pol Pot’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime (communists who sought to impose a classless society of agrarian peasants, mostly by slaughtering 20 percent, or 1.5 million, of Cambodia’s people) and to stop the Khmer Rouge’s attacks against Vietnam. The name of the band formerly known as Joy Division was NOT a reference to Hitler’s proposed European New Order.
  • The absolute best/worst politically-related band name is Trotsky Icepick, so named for Josef Stalin’s assassination of exiled Russian communist leader Leon Trotsky by hiring a Spanish man to stab Trotsky in the head with an icepick in Mexico City in 1940.
  • The runner-up best/worst politically-related band name would be The Dead Kennedys (for obvious reasons since most of the famous Kennedy clan is dead, with the latest being the suicide of Mary Kennedy, daughter-in-law of Senator (and US Attorney General) Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated during the 1968 presidential campaign by Sirhan Sirhan, a pro-Palestinian Arab, who was angry that RFK had promised to deliver fighter planes to Israel)).
  • Apparently singer Taylor Swift doesn’t know her history, or she would drop little Conor Kennedy (RFK’s grandson) like a hot potato. Women who get involved with the Kennedys (see Marilyn Monroe and Mary Jo Kopechne and Martha Moxley) have an unfortunate habit of ending up dead.

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