...And it cuts your life like a broken knife

"Thieves like us" is probably the best song New Order ever recorded. It´s a perfect mix of a band playing with each other and the sequencer.

This clip is from the brilliant German music-show "Musik Convoy" which aired weekly from 1984 to 1985.

New Order: "Thieves Like Us"

The idea behind "Musik Convoy" was to send a broadcasting unit with a truck that would be used as a stage into provincial areas, small towns or villages where "music" and "TV" would normally not have happened.

Due to the low budget and the experimental nature of the show "Musik Convoy" would feature the creme de la creme of national and international independent and off-beat artists who all had to play live. Here, the show-host is even starting the band´s drum-computer!

Some of the artists that appeared were 10.000 Maniacs, Alphaville, Chris Rea, Billy Idol, Depeche Mode, The Chameleons, Fad Gadget, The Cure, The Go-Betweens, Style Council, Ramones, R.E.M, Nick Cave, Marc Almond, Spear of Destiny, OMD, Grandmaster Flash, Johnny Thunders, Bon Jovi, etc.

It seems that the bands really enjoyed performing on some square in the middle of nowhere to an audience that was cheering for the weirdest band they had never heard of before.

Even New Order appeared to have a good time, they are actually smiling! Sadly it was always the fate of the best act to perform at the end of the show and so we never got to see their whole performance before the show was faded out.

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