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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 year-long 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, 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- and orchestral-infused album for release. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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There can be beauty in pop
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vergara_Raul
Fantastic album with iconic songs
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Blue Monday Baby!!!!!
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SUGAR KISSES
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lpaulae
This song never gets old.
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love the 80 S'
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If you don't know who Joy Division is then thats sad
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vrrmm257
One of the best!!!!
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Such great music
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iggyrscp
To ncko252008.. h o w embarrassing that you call an iconic band dumb with a misspelled word in your complaint. AND you're glad the original singer is dead? WTF dude?
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That is the price!!!!!!! Of Love
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roundrockbal l a d o r e c h i e n
Who is joy division? Lol

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I love to play this song,on Monday`s!!!
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I love this song.
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nicko252008
Thank god joy division guy is dead, they sucked soo much. now there even more dumb
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This the was the way it should have stayed.....i t ' s still so cool to see 12yr olds walk' in the mall hear'n this music for the first time & bob'n heads in the crowed & ask' each other ....
Who's this NEW band...it's cool!!!
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Jamming up The Beach!
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Music not made like this anymore shame old artist & new artist today u tell difference oh yeah������
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Blue Monday nice 80s hit techno banging song!!!����
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What a song!! Sure gets u in a better mood instantly.
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Now this is real music....80' s rule
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I love this song too much
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I remember I remember when Blue Monday came out back in a 3-4 time I heard it where the courtyards in my high school bring listen to again bring tobacco high school memories I wish I could go back in time does
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Listening to Blue Monday was awesome, took me waaay back. :)
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saw them with bjork and pil for this album tour........ . . i n d e s c r i b a b l y amazing!
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rileylutz72
Now this song reminds me of Napolian Dynamite
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Love this track
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They don't make great music like this anymore. Timeless... Apparently tlandry043 is bitter cause he wasn't getting laid listening to this like every other normal male was. Go turn on your Elton John station and listen to tiny dancer you tiny flamer.
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Oh yeah,and ignorant people like Nick down there just make me laugh. Trying to get people worked up just shows his intelligence . He will learn someday I hope. Although if he fell off the earth right now, no one would care. We could use a lot less fucktards like that in the world.
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This band is f**kin one of the greatest.
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why are you listening then? If you knew anything about music, you would find that many songs after the 90s used the tracks to re create your supposed awesome music now....A true music lover can track that.....don ' t be jealous baby
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This is the s**tty 80s music that they talk about
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suntzu67
Blue Monday. One of the great songs of a great era in music...
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The days when music was music
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cdavila0418
Wow...MEMORI E S ! !
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New order brings back AWESOME times back in the 80s ...wish
I could go back to them days for at least a week and hang out ...best times ever...
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Bizarre Love Triangle?
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mary.critchf i e l d 4
wow memories!!!
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platonicenem i e s
Memories!!!! ! ! ! !
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cindymgonzal e s 1 6
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So many unforgettabl e memories brought by this tune!
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No but I love you so so much okay so so much thank you so so so so much so so so so much
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anad5ln
Sixteen dancing to this song, great times I had!!
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I love this song too much
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Their music makes me want to dance!!
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Best song
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Roppongi district in Tokyo was the first I heard this song. So many cute Japanese girls dancing :)
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Ceromony ....is my best song
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progpond3
There are few albums (remember those???) that are f**king awesome in their entirety. Power Corruption and Lies is one of them. From start to finish, especially the finish. Black clothes, cigarettes, sweat and perfume.
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One of my favs
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