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New Order

Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk unit Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s; embracing the electronic textures and disco rhythms of the underground club culture many years in advance of its contemporaries, the group's pioneering fusion of new wave aesthetics and dance music successfully bridged the gap between the two worlds, creating a distinctively thoughtful and oblique brand of synth pop appealing equally to the mind, body, and soul. New Order's origins officially date back to mid-1976, when guitarist Bernard Sumner (formerly Albrecht) and bassist Peter Hook -- inspired by a recent Sex Pistols performance -- announced their intentions to form a band of their own. Recruiting singer Ian Curtis and drummer Stephen Morris, they eventually settled on the name Joy Division, and in 1979 issued their landmark debut LP, Unknown Pleasures.

After completing sessions for Joy Division's sophomore effort, Closer, Curtis hanged himself on May 18, 1980; devastated, the remaining trio immediately disbanded, only to re-form soon after as New Order with the addition of keyboardist Gillian Gilbert. With Sumner assuming vocal duties, the new group debuted in March 1981 with the single "Ceremony," a darkly melodic effort originally composed for use by Joy Division. The LP Movement followed a few months later, and when it too mined territory similar to New Order's previous incarnation, many observers were quick to dismiss the band for reliving former glories. However, with its next single, "Everything's Gone Green," the quartet first began adorning its sound with synthesizers and sequencers, inspired by the music of Kraftwerk as well as the electro beats coming up from the New York underground; 1982's "Temptation" continued the trend, and like its predecessor was a major favorite among club-goers.

After a yearlong hiatus, New Order resurfaced in 1983 with their breakthrough hit "Blue Monday"; packaged in a provocative sleeve designed to recall a computer disk, with virtually no information about the band itself -- a hallmark of their mysterious, distant image -- it perfectly married Sumner's plaintive yet cold vocals and abstract lyrics with cutting-edge drum-machine rhythms ideal for club consumption. "Blue Monday" went on to become the best-selling 12" release of all time, moving over three million copies worldwide. After releasing their brilliant 1983 sophomore album, Power, Corruption and Lies, New Order teamed with the then-unknown producer Arthur Baker to record "Confusion," another state-of-the-art dance classic, which even scraped into the American R&B charts. The group's success soon won them a stateside contract with Quincy Jones' Qwest label; however, apart from a pair of singles, "Thieves Like Us" and "Murder," they remained out of the spotlight throughout 1984.

Heralded by the superb single "The Perfect Kiss," New Order resurfaced in 1985 with Low-life, their most fully realized effort to date; breaking with long-standing tradition, it actually included photos of the individual members, suggesting an increasing proximity with their growing audience. Brotherhood followed in 1986, with the single "Bizarre Love Triangle" making significant inroads among mainstream pop audiences. A year later the group issued Substance, a much-needed collection of singles and remixes; it was New Order's American breakthrough, cracking the Top 40 on the strength of the newly recorded single "True Faith," which itself reached number 32 on the U.S. pop charts. The remixed "Blue Monday 1988" followed, and in 1989 -- inspired by the ecstasy-fueled house music that their work had clearly predated and influenced -- New Order issued Technique; their most club-focused outing to date, it launched the hits "Fine Time" and "Round and Round."

After recording the 1990 English World Cup Soccer anthem "World in Motion," New Order went on an extended hiatus to pursue solo projects; Hook formed the band Revenge, longtime companions Morris and Gilbert recorded as the Other Two, and, most notably, Sumner teamed with ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant in Electronic, which scored a Top 40 hit with the single "Getting Away with It." New Order reconvened in 1993 for their biggest hit to date, Republic, which earned the band its highest charting American single ("Regret") and fell just shy of the U.S. Top Ten, despite charges from longtime fans that the band had lost its edge. A major tour followed, although rumors of escalating creative conflicts plagued the group; refusing to either confirm or deny word of a breakup, New Order simply spent the mid-'90s in a state of limbo, with Sumner eventually recording a long-awaited second Electronic LP and Hook mounting another new project, Monaco. "Brutal," the first new effort from New Order in a number of years, was featured on the soundtrack of the 2000 film The Beach, and the full-length Get Ready followed one year later. By this time, Gillian Gilbert had left the band to care for her and Stephen Morris' children, and Marion guitarist Phil Cunningham had been added to bolster the lineup. Dedicated touring followed the release of Get Ready, and New Order recorded a follow-up for release in 2005, Waiting for the Sirens' Call.

In 2006, after a succession of one-off dates, New Order decided to call it quits for a second time after bassist Hook suggested that they should quit touring for good. With Sumner announcing that they wouldn't record as New Order anymore, he started Bad Lieutenant with Cunningham in 2009. After a two-year break, New Order announced they would play a handful of live dates, with Gilbert now back in the band after a ten-year time-out. Also, Peter Hook was out of the lineup for the first time since New Order's founding, replaced by Bad Lieutenant bassist Tom Chapman. Hook stayed busy, however, recording and touring with his band the Light and writing a book of his time in Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division.

The album Live at the London Troxy was released at the end of 2011, documented the band's successful return to the live arena. Continuing to tour throughout 2012, the band joined Blur and the Specials at London's Hyde Park to help close the London 2012 Summer Olympics, and at the end of the year announced the release of Lost Sirens. The album, which featured songs that were recorded at the time of 2005's Waiting for the Sirens' Call, was released in January 2013. One year later, the band announced that they had signed to Mute Records and were preparing a heavily electronic album for release. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Nice
Love the music keep on moving or grooving to the next rhythm beat
This song made my afternoon.
Must've been an awesome time back then. When the synthesizer and drum machine were the latest thing rather than being in every single pop and urban song. I'm nearly 29 so I can't remember those days.
I've been fortunate to see new order twice and took my son both times, thank you for the great memories! The feeling is so unreal to watch them live! Cheers in the night! XOXO....MIA FRESNO CA
now was Samantha Morton the chick in this band or joy division-I get the two mixed up-help with the answer please-angel
yep! great song. so many great memorys- can i go back please!
He's right, forget politics & pride! Start by taking care of your own house first!
Greatest songs for the greatest times
nicko252008
awesome group, considering Joy Division sucked. what a 180.
One of my favorite albums of all time. Every song on this album to me is sooo good!
New Order Rocks. So many great songs If I had to choose I would have to say that Bizarre Love Triangle is probably my favorite.
Bang does drums, ,,,,
The Beach : Awesome
Every time I think of you I feel a shot right through with a bolt of blue, I love that , love new order !!! Bizarre love triangle ..:-) :-)
Bizarre Love Triangle : Great song.
Ahhh so many great songs through the years....but I have to say this is my favorite of all time :)
saw new order in the early 90'S AWESOME
This song and True Faith are my favorite songs EVER ♥ :)
good fucken song
Love this song!!
Bizarre love triangle, takes me back to those free wild days. When you didn't have to think of anything but the music. :-) awww take me back to that time
bettymama
Yeah
It's actually a good thing to remember those guys...didn' t mean it to be so morose :-o

Mark especially would be busting my balls. BAD :-)
Ceremony reminds me of my buddy mark, he passed a few years ago.

Miss all the bros
I would love to hear a remix of this one
bergeronwb
Where is Republic as a selected discography? That CD is one of my favs and contains great songs that are emblematic of the sound that New Order is famous for.
Such a sad meanful song...
True faith, one of the greatest...: - )
Wow, this really takes me way back, I truly love the 80s. :-) brings a smile to me every time ..
you like new order, you should check out my band Tomorrow my Penis Cries
The best of the 80s
Age of consent popped up and I had a memory so vivid it scared me a bit. A sunny day over high rocks park in bucks county. Flashbacks are so underrated! :-). Sun, smiles, and saying yes because you can. The age of consent in 1980 Pennsylvania was nothin but cool.
super b**chin confusion @ palladium san fran!!!!
If you aren't interesting in being scammed $300 a week, think first...ther e is no easy money in this world.
great music.. I love the 80's . KROQ.. nights at cloud 9 at knotts berry farm
swooptroop. Mazzy Star released an album in the fall of 2013...Hope Sandoval did some solo stuff prior to that.
One of the gretaest bands of the 80s by far. Quality musicians.
Reagan and the CIA started this band to help establish the New World Order.
New Order/Joy Division bring back some great memories. Lots of great nights, lot of quality material, some of the 80's best.
LOVE NEW ORDER AND ALL THE BANDS FROM THE 80'S!!!!!!!! ! ! ! W O O HOO!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I trained hard in martial arts. When I wasn't doing this, I did aerobics hard and this was our main song. Amazing... I will never forget how awesome it was to do Aerobics to this song, and how awesome the leader was then. Great Song<><
jgroth249
Love New Order! Reminds me of my HS crush
im not the type of dude who fancy boybands but the wanted are good way better than simon Cowell bubble manufactured group
brilliant group and songs that all that i wish they would put out new material or a reuioin tour im mostlyinto uk brit chart muaic but blue oyster cult is all that a def song u can jam tooo and listen to over and over
what ever happened 2 mazzy star such as the sundays????? both good groups but sadly the 1 hit wond
this song is a drest song 2b with ur honey only other artist is sade. what love making. diamond life lovers rock. etc,,,,,,,,, gre8 songs
what an underrated group claire grogan sang awesome they deserve much more us/uk chart success but it does remind me of the sixteen candle movie days brilliant movie and music too
kim was always one of my faves she just did a Christmas gig in in the uk/ireland. i seen her in 1988 in brixton it was brilliant i still have alll her vinyls and cds but i let my friends know coz jay-z is to them is all that long live brit pop music 4ever
travisyoung1 1 1 0
This song is the perfect cruising song. Crank it up and just drive!
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