Forming from the ashes of Joy Division after Ian Curtis hanged himself, New Order’s music was a little more on the commercial dance/pop side, with only slightly less dour lyrics. I’m sure lines like “I used to think that the day would never come/I’d see delight in the shade of the morning sun” attracted the producers of the movie “Bright Lights, Big City” (you know, it’s the one where Michael J. Fox plays a drug addict…what? you don’t remember?) enough that it wound up on the soundtrack. The song itself perfectly captures the rush as well as the comedown that many drug addicts experience (not that I would know, I’m scared to death to ever use coke. Remember, I came up in the age of Len Bias).
Despite New Order’s near-legendary status as a band, “Faith” was one of only two Top 40 hits the band had (“Regret” was the second, six years later…no, “Bizarre Love Triangle” never hit the Top 40). Enjoy the video…and don’t do the coke, kiddies. It’s bad for you.
…and no, I don’t know why the people in the video are slapping one another, either.