New Order – Blue Monday: 2020 Remaster (12″ Vinyl EP)
The massively influential band New Order formed in Manchester, England, in 1980, rising from the ashes of U.K. post-punk pioneers Joy Division. Successfully fusing new wave, electronica, synth-pop, and club music earlier than many bands now seen as contemporaries, their unique sound was as insightful and soulful as it was perfectly suited for the dance floor. From their earliest singles to their latest hits, New Order remains one of the most enduring and distinctive bands in modern rock.
Released in 1983, “Blue Monday” is not only the biggest selling 12″ single of all time in the U.K., but also one of the longest clocking in at well over seven minutes. One might also argue that it’s the song that truly helped New Order escape from the shadow of Joy Division and stand on their own. Bernard Sumner, the group’s lead singer, has said that there were four cardinal influences that helped create “Blue Monday,” and given that those tracks are Klein + M.B.O.’s “Dirty Talk,” Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” Donna Summer’s “Our Love,” and Kraftwerk’s “Uranium,” it’s easy to see why BBC Radio 2 once suggested that the end result was “a crucial link between ’70s disco and the dance/house boom that took off at the end of the ’80s.”
Newly remastered in 2020 from the original master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, “Blue Monday” is presented here on 12″ vinyl with the original accompanying B-side “The Beach.”
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