Theme Times – New Order


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New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980 by vocalist and guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris. The band formed after the demise of Joy Division, following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis; they were joined by Gillian Gilbert on keyboards later that year. New Order’s integration of post-punk with electronic and dance music made them one of the most acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. They were the flagship band for Manchester-based independent record label Factory Records and its nightclub The Haçienda, and worked in long-term collaboration with graphic designer Peter Saville.

While the band’s early years were shadowed by the legacy of Joy Division, their experience of the early 1980s New York club scene saw them increasingly incorporate dance rhythms and electronic instrumentation into their work. Their 1983 hit “Blue Monday” became the best-selling 12-inch single of all time and a popular club track. In the 1980s, they released successful albums such as Power, Corruption & Lies (1983), Technique (1989), and the singles compilation Substance (1987). They briefly disbanded in 1993 to work on individual projects before reuniting in 1998. In the years since, New Order has gone through various hiatuses and personnel changes, most prominently the departure of Hook in 2007. They released their tenth studio album Music Complete in 2015.

This Theme Times Bio is dedicated to Barb of Bipolar Barb

But let’s be totally bonkers honest, who ‘didn’t’ and ‘doesn’t’ like New Order?


Top 12

1983 – Blue Monday – 1

1985 – The Perfect Kiss – 2

1983 – Age of Consent – 3

1992 – True Faith – 4

1981 – Temptation – 5

1986 – Bizarre Love Triangle – 6

1981 – Ceremony – 7

1985 – Love Vigilantes – 8

1993 – Regret – 9

1985 – Elegia – 10

2001 – Crystal – 11

2015 – Tutti Frutti – 12


So there we go folks, my top 12, what were yours, more importantly what were your favourites Barb?

13 thoughts on “Theme Times – New Order

    1. It’s a shame, l remember them from the 80’s, but l also used be a fan of Joy Division until Curtis killed himself which is why l found myself becoming a fan of New Order 🙂

  1. Do kids these days even know what a 12-inch single is? Haha! My favorite is the entire Substance album. Thank you, Rory!!!

  2. I kinda remember New Order. I remember Blue Monday but didn’t recognize the name until I played it. There were a LOT of bands from UK that formed the “New Wave” of the 80s, and some stand out more than others in my mind. Great dance music for sure!

    1. hey Grandma, l think Blue Monday is the track most people really recognise. I knew a few of them, but l used to follow Joy Division which is where NO started from. The 2015 track Tutti Frutti is a track l think is brilliant.

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