Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 7 in alternative music history: New Order releases Blue Monday

On March 7, 1983 in alternatve music history New Order released its monumental single Blue Monday. Blue Monday represented a transition for the band as they finally moved away and out of the shadow from their moody post-punk days of Joy Division to the New Order we all fell in love with. More after the jump.


The song, originally meant to be the music played to keep the crowds entertained before gigs, turned into something so huge it has been remixed and re-released many times.  Blue Monday is still the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, and looks to stay that way as vinyl has pretty much gone the way of the Dodo.

Still, “Blue Monday” always retains its signature elements: that stuttering drum machine, Peter Hook’s ominous, thudding bassline and Bernard Sumner’s deadpan lyrical delivery.

Below, Slicing Up Eyeballs have traced the history of the song, from its original 12-inch version (that’s Peter Saville’s iconic floppy disk-inspired sleeve above) and accompanying music video up through early TV performances and concert airings in the late ’90s and early 2000s, ending with footage of the band — now sans Hook — playing the latest arrangement of the song onstage last fall in the U.K.

New Order, “Blue Monday” — original 12-inch version, 1983


New Order, “Blue Monday” — original music video, 1983


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live on “Top of the Pops,” 1983


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live on Channel 4′s “The Switch,” 1983


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live on “Veronica’s Countdownn,” Dutch TV, 1983


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at BBC Radio 1 studios, 1984


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live in Barcelona, 1984


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live in Tokyo, 1985


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live in Belgium, 1985


New Order, “Blue Monday ’88″ — music video, 1988


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at Reading, UK, 1998


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at Finsbury Park, UK, 2002


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at New York City, 2005


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live in Glasgow, 2006


New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at Bestival, UK, 2012


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