New Order are a band formed in 1980 by the three surviving members of Joy Division. The band's classic lineup consists of Bernard Sumner (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Peter Hook (bass, electronic percussion), Gillian Gilbert (keyboards, guitar) and Stephen Morris (drums, keyboards). Gilbert left in 2001 to look after her and Morris's children and was replaced by guitarist/keyboardist Phil Cunningham. Hook left acrimoniously in 2007 and according to Hook, the band has broken up. However, Sumner, Cunningham and Morris have repeatedly denied that the band has broken up, and that if Hook no longer wants to be in the band, that is his choice. Hook has since threatened to take legal action if they attempt to continue as New Order.
Pioneers of dance music in the 1980s and one of the first bands to effectively and popularly synthesize keyboard- and guitar-based music, New Order hailed from Salford, England and Macclesfield, England, and out of the ashes of Joy Division, are noted as being one of the first bands to bridge the gap between post-punk and dancefloor. They were Factory Records' highest selling artist; they funded Factory's famous Manchester club, The Hacienda. They recorded with legendary hip-hop producer Arthur Baker (on 1983's single Confusion and 1984's Thieves Like Us), and they embraced Ibizan club culture on the album, Technique.
Formed in 1980 by the three surviving members (Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris) of Joy Division after the lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide. Gillian Gilbert joined in October 1980 on keyboards and occasional guitar. Their early music followed in the same vein as Joy Division, most notably on debut album Movement. This is mostly seen now as a 'transitional' album where the new 4-piece band was trying to find a new identity.
They continued to develop their music and their identity with tracks such as Procession and Temptation until 1983 when, under the influence of early electro funk and Italo Disco tracks (most notably Klein & Mbo's Dirty Talk), they released Blue Monday, arguably their most famous song and the biggest-selling 12" single of all time. This came in such a detailed Peter Saville-designed sleeve (replicating a floppy disc) that it is claimed by some that the band's record company, Factory, lost money on every copy sold. The release of "Blue Monday" coincided with the album Power, Corruption & Lies which further developed their rock/electro crossover. Other albums followed in 1985 (Low-Life), 1986 (Brotherhood) and 1989 (Technique, influenced heavily by Ibiza's acid house scene). In 1990 the band scored their sole number 1 hit with a song written by Keith Allen and performed with the England football team, PlayWorld In Motion, the official England World Cup song. One more album, Republic followed in May 1993, which was released by London Records after the collapse of Factory Records in November 1992.
The band effectively split in 1993 to pursue solo projects, but returned with a triumphant gig at the Reading Festival in 1998. After the recording of 2001's Get Ready album, Gillian Gilbert left for family reasons. They have since gone on to produce one more album with the help of Phil Cunningham of Marion when they released their last album, Waiting for the Sirens' Call.
In May 2007, Peter Hook announced in a Myspace blog post that he was leaving New Order. Contrary to popular belief, this does not necessarily spell the end for New Order, according to www.neworderonline.com, who were told by a "source" close to them that rumours of the split were false. The rest of the band were apparently surprised by the news of Peter Hook's departure, which implies that he had not informed his band mates.
The band's various solo projects understandably seemed to contain elements of the New Order 'sound', and gave some clues as to each member's contribution to the band.
Bernard Sumner worked with Johnny Marr (formerly of The Smiths) and Neil Tennant (of The Pet Shop Boys) in the 'supergroup', Electronic. Peter Hook formed the bands Revenge and, later, Monaco. These projects gained some commercial success. Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert recorded two albums of songs as The Other Two, and also did scoring work for film and television.
Each of New Order's four original members have, at various times, acted as producers and/or guest musicians under the moniker of Be Music for a myriad of Factory labelmates and other artists, including: Section 25, A Certain Ratio, Happy Mondays, Paul Haig, The Stockholm Monsters, The Stone Roses, and stanton miranda.
'Blue Monday' lyrics, recording schedule and die-cut single Emulator
New Order formed out of the band Joy Division in 1980, following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis. After taking in the New York City club scene, they began to move towards more electronic and dance-based music. Their 1983 hit ‘Blue Monday’ is still the biggest-selling 12” single with more than one million copies sold. As Factory Records were not part of the BPI at the time, they were not presented with a Gold disc. Peter Saville, however, designed and commissioned this special award, based on the grinding wheel from the Movement LP, in recognition of its sales.
Shergold Marathon six string bass guitar played by Peter Hook
Peter Hook was bass player with both Joy Division and New Order. This six string guitar, with an unusual 30” scale, was used during his time with New Order. With the group’s ever increasing use of sequenced, synthesized sounds, Hook’s playing became more melodic and rhythmic. His playing position was highly unusual as he wore his bass with an extra long strap at knee-level, then staggered around the stage while playing.
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