I’m a bit grumpy about this song.
On the one hand I enjoy Bernard’s wake-up warning shot across the bow of superstardom, speaking as the voice of experience to his younger contemporaries (or is it to his younger self?), with choice nuggets like “girls just wanna be with ya, lawyers wanna deal with ya” and “it’s made you pretty vain with your perfect hair“. Also the “it’s just another day in the life…” refrain is nicely metred, and is for me the best part of the song.
On the other hand, musically Sugarcane is very cheap & nasty: cheesy funk over a disco beat, heavy reliance on sound patching 101 (house piano, orchestra stabs, and that truly godawful flatulent synth bass used in Hooky’s obvious absence). These sugary ingredients all come together in one of the most uninspiring instrumental breakdowns I can recall from New Order; which is normally where our heroes lift you into another realm altogether. Here it’s a cloying mess, not unlike those ridiculous hipster-donuts you see millennials queuing up for. In fact that’s a suitable metaphor: Sugarcane is the caramel-filled syringe to the can-do-without donut that objectifies much of Lost Sirens.
A B-side at best.
Available on: Lost Sirens