I’ve been writing about this album off and on for the last couple of weeks. Basically whenever I could find the time—early mornings, late nights, lunch hours, etc. It’s chapter 2 in the book and this morning as I was writing I realized that I had segued into chapter 3 without noticing. I was done with the Tweez chapter. Feeling really good about things right now. (And believe me, I don’t always feel good about it. This has been a very up and down process—even just this week has had its downs. But tonight I’m feeling very up.)
I defy anyone to find a rock song surpassing the energy this song packs. Particularly when you get to the halfway point and James Williamson just let’s loose. It’s shocking that this track was intentionally left off of Raw Power because THIS IS raw power.
Jonathan Demme directed “The Perfect Kiss” video, which is unlike any other New Order clip. Set in the band’s practice room, it simply depicts the band playing the song from beginning to end. According to Factory Records owner Tony Wilson, Demme was looking forward to filming dynamic shots of Stephen Morris behind the drum kit and was dismayed to find that the drums in the song were all programmed. The video prominently features references to Joy Division, including a poster for Joy Division and a dimly lit figure resembling the late Ian Curtis watching the band from a doorway during the session.
It is also the case that Martin Hannett can be seen through the studio glass. Hannett produced their earlier incarnation as Joy Division.
The video appeared on the Substance 1989 VHS tape and the DVD A Collection. An edit of the video version appeared on a US 12” single in 1985. The full audio take, including Demme’s remarks before and after the performance, appeared on a bonus CD included with early copies of the box set Retro. Since it is a unique live performance, the video version of the song sounds different from other released versions.