This song starts so poorly that it was quite some time before I didn’t immediately fast-forward it, and eventually discover that – yet again – there was half a good song in I’ve Got A Feeling*; buried as it is in the chorus. But first you have to get past the intro, which is a big ask.
To this day I just can’t stomach the wanna be‘s, can’t get no‘s, they don’t tell no‘s, and we’ve gotta try-y-y-y-y-y‘s. There had already been enough wanna‘s and gonna‘s deposited across Get Ready, WFTSC, and Lost Sirens to fill a doggy bag, but no more. I’d reached the apogee – the furthest point from what I felt was New Order’s sun, and with the light so dim it was time to shut it all down because quite frankly there were more interesting bands to listen to. Sadly I felt that I’d reached the low point of the last album from a band at their lowest ebb. So this was how New Order was going to finish was it … as a fucking cliché?
One day whilst I had New Order loudly on random play I’ve Got A Feeling‘s turgid intro began. Thinking ‘oh no!’ but being unable to get to the next button in time, the song had a chance to play and I was struck by its completely terrific chorus. For 30 seconds I found myself lost in some great leftfield rock, with Bernard singing in-range amidst some classic New Order guitar and bass; all brisk and well-produced. I particularly love the line “don’t ask me why, but I’ve got to leave here” and how it’s sung. Ignoring another crap verse (and some bargain-basement ‘de-doo-doo” filler), the last third of the track is similarly good, with the dual-tracking of vocals and Hooky’s bass riffs. This song actually has potential; but it would have required some brutal revision, and I fear time, money, patience, and enthusiasm had run out at Real World Studios.
I’m hard-pressed to recall – in my opinion – another New Order song that is so yin & yang in terms of garbage / good, and – like Hellbent – unfortunately for me it’s a lasting hallmark of Lost Sirens and is reflected in my rating of I’ve Got A Feeling below. Having said that, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed a decent chunk of the album and I’ll always be grateful to the band for releasing it.
Lost Sirens seemed to me upon its release in 2013 – eight years after being recorded – to be a closing curtain, and the legacy of this once formerly towering and wonderful band was being picked-at like a carcass. Peter Hook hated the others enough to leave New Order and claim that it no longer existed, but seemed to be content to journey with The Light; touring and releasing many live-performance albums of Joy Division and New Order works. Bernard, Stephen and Phil – having shaken something off via Bad Lieutenant – were (re)joined by Gillian (yes!!) and Tom; also releasing the Troxy 2011 and Bestival 2012 live performances – possibly as a statement of continuance of New Order as an ongoing entity, before bringing me to my knees with the promise of a new album and their signing to Mute. Could it be true? Would it be any good? Let’s see…
* It’s funny how Monaco also had a feeling, but I won’t go there…
Available on: Lost Sirens