Reviewed by Chris Arnsby.
Steve Wright: "Good evening and welcome to another Top of the Pops. Sorry
about the studio tonight. It's a bit messy, we're spring cleaning and we
couldn't get all the scenery in. Richard Skinner: "But we've made with it
with some excellent live bands in the studio. All of them. Kicking off with New
Order. Playing live. Singing Live. With Blue Monday!"
 New Order: Blue Monday. Welcome to Easter 1983. Richard Skinner is very excited.
Maybe it's the presence of the Easter Bunny (some poor audience cheerleader in
a furry bunny suit, clutching a basket). Whatever the cause, Richard Skinner is
peaking at approximately 0.75 Peter Powells (or 0.9 Cheggers for those of you
who prefer imperial measurements). Despite his overuse of the word
"live" it's not actually clear if this show is live. BBC Genome
doesn't think so, and it seems unlikely that BBC1 would schedule two live
editions back-to-back. New Order are definitely -and defiantly- live but they
seem oddly subdued. You'd think they'd be over the moon at being allowed to
sing and play live in studio but for some reason they seem almost embarrassed.
Bernard Sumner is doing a remarkable job of hiding as much of himself as
possible behind the microphone stand. Stephen Morris probably summed up this
ramshackle performance best on Top Of The Pops: The Story Of 1983,
"we made the cardinal error of looking like we were miming but actually
playing it live."