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That Time New Order Satirized Hair Metal

  • Axl Rosenberg

New Order, the group the surviving members of Joy Division formed after Ian Curtis killed himself, are probably best known to metal fans for having written the song that eventually made Orgy famous. That’s obviously not a glowing letter of recommendation or anything — I don’t think anyone besides the members of Orgy thing Orgy’s success was a positive thing — but hopefully this will at least kinda-sorta make up for it: in 1987, the band released a video for their song “Touched by the Hand of God,” which satirized the style in which too-many hair metal videos were made. You know the ones — they’re what Patton Oswalt has claimed “were filmed in a fireworks factory.” Thing is, even if you don’t like the song (and, truth be told, I do not), you gotta give the band credit: they clearly did their homework, and they nailed this. You could re-sync it with a Warrant song and it would totally work.

Fun fact: the clip was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who went on to make The Hurt LockerZero Dark Thirty, and, best of all, Point Break.

[via Bring Back Glam!]

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