Contact Us

Watch New Order Play Old Hippie Song in San Francisco

Subscribe to on

Culturally, it’s a long way from the hippie dream of 1967 to the darkened streets of Manchester 1977. But those two worlds collided in song this past weekend when New Order surprised their fans with a cover of the Scott McKenzie classic ‘San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).’

“We haven’t got any songs of our own left over,” Bernard Sumner told the crowd from the stage of the San Francisco Civic. “But since we’re here in San Francisco, we thought we’d do a special one for you.”

The band then plunged into a very New Order-sounding riff that turned into the classic Summer of Love anthem, which hit the Top 5 in 1967. Sumner and company pull it together without one whiff of irony, while putting their own stamp on it and, frankly, making it one kick-ass song.

Written in the spring of 1967 by the Mamas & the  Papas’ John Phillips, ‘San Francisco’ was McKenzie’s only hit. It also became one of the era’s most defining songs. The single was released just before the legendary Monterey Pop Festival, and has since become the unofficial anthem of that fabled summer.

Here’s the original version, if you want to compare:

Subscribe to on

Next: 10 Best New Order Songs

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Diffuser

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Sign up for quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!