One of the most successful band’s of the 1980’s, New Order emerged from the shroud of Joy Division to produce some of the most dynamic and critically acclaimed music of the decade.
From the sombre Movement, to the charming Power, Corruption and Lies and later works such as Brotherhood and Low-Life, the quartet grew to be the powerhouse band of the Hacienda nightclub and of course, Factory Records.
Despite the death of Joy Division lead Ian Curtis in May 1980, the group decided to carry on, but under a new identity. Following a short tour as a three-piece, the group brought on board Gillian Gilbert prior to the recording of Movement to take some guitar / keyboard duties and allow Bernard Sumner to take centre stage.
Two months before the release of their second album Power, Corruption and Lies, New Order launched was to be their biggest hit, “Blue Monday”. The single – which is still the biggest selling 12-inch single of al time – was paired with a remix called “The Beach”.
“Blue Monday” is a far cry from the dark sound of Movement, yet it does still contain dour leanings; however so uplifting is the presence of music, that these depressive moments to not push too much. What’s left is simply one of the finest songs of all time.