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Destroyer – “Leave Me Alone” (New Order Cover)

New Order reunions are big news, so to celebrate, UK magazine MOJO decided to put together a tribute to the groundbreaking New Wave band’s most triumphant release Power, Corruption & Lies. Bassist Peter Hook, whose signature style was not only the backbone of this popular British outfit but also Joy Division, will not be joining the group on tour, but plenty of notable artists decided to participate anyway.

If you’ve been scrolling through the Interwebs the last month for end of the year recaps, then Destroyer’s appearance on the tracklist would interest you most. He takes on “Leave Me Alone,” one of Power, Corruption & Lies lowest points. The song is a full 180 in comparison to classics like “Blue Monday.” You don’t dance to this, you just start feeling depressed.

Musically, not much changes in this Destroyer rendition, but Dan Bejar’s distinct, contemplative voice sounds much more comforting than Bernard Summer’s pessimistic disposition.

Listen to both versions here.


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