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New Order are an alternative rock/electronic dance band which formed in 1980 in Salford, England, United Kingdom by the three remaining 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). The group effectively disbanded in 1993 but reformed in 1998. Gilbert left in 2001 to look after her and Morris’ children and was replaced by guitarist/keyboardist Phil Cunningham. Hook left acrimoniously in 2007 and declared the band to be defunct. Initially, Sumner, Cunningham and Morris denied the band had split up, but in 2009, following the release of the trio’s Bad Lieutenant album, they admitted that that they could not continue on without Hook and officially disbanded. However, the band reformed in 2011 for a pair of charity dates without Hook, with Gilbert returning to the fold and Tom Chapman replacing Hook on bass.

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’s members hailed from Salford and Macclesfield, England 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.


New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980. The band currently consists of Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman. The band was formed in 1980 by Sumner (vocals, guitars, keyboards and synthesisers), Peter Hook (bass and vocals) and Morris (drums, electronic drums, keyboards and synthesisers) – the remaining members of Joy Division, following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis – with the addition of Gilbert (keyboards, synthesisers and guitars).

By combining post-punk and electronic dance music, New Order became one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. Though the band's early years were shadowed by the legacy and basic sound of Joy Division, their experience of the early 1980s New York City club scene increased their knowledge of dance music and helped them incorporate elements of that style into their work. The band's 1983 hit "Blue Monday", the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, is one example of how the band transformed their sound.

New Order were the flagship band for Manchester-based independent record label Factory Records. Their minimalist album sleeves and "non-image" (the band rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores) reflected the label's aesthetic of doing whatever the relevant parties wanted to do, including an aversion to including singles as album tracks.

In 1993 the band worked on their own individual projects and reunited as a band in 1998. In 2001, Cunningham (guitars, keyboards and synthesisers) replaced Gilbert, who took a sabbatical from the band because of family commitments. In 2007, Peter Hook left the band. After Hook's departure, Bernard, Phil and Steve worked on Bad Lieutenant and the band reunited in 2011 without Hook, with Gilbert's return and Chapman replacing Hook on bass. During the band's career and in between lengthy breaks, band members have been involved in several solo projects, such as Sumner's Electronic and Bad Lieutenant; Hook's Monaco and Revenge and Gilbert and Morris' The Other Two. Cunningham was previously a member of Marion and with Sumner and Chapman was a member of Bad Lieutenant.

The U.S. release of "Waiting for the Sirens' Call" was originally scheduled to include a different vocal mix of the track "Guilt Is a Useless Emotion."
New Order's single "Krafty", was inspired by the band Kraftwerk.
New Order has never been a band to shy away from technology, most notably in the area of digital recording.
In 1993, after a string of hugely successful albums and world tours, New Order went on what was reported as a temporary hiatus during several rumors of fighting amongst the band.
Critics and the evidence say Bernard Sumner's voice is better on the last two albums, than in the first ones.
In the 2006 return of the TV show Cracker, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris were in charge of the soundtrack.
Honours this band has received:
*BRIT Award for Best Music Video, for True Faith (1988)
*Mercury Music Prize shortlist, for Republic (1993)
*NME Godlike Genius Award (2005)
*UK Music Hall of Fame, both 'New Order' and 'Joy Division' (2005)
*Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection (2006)
New Order is one of the few bands, who have many song titles, that have nothing to do with the actual song. Panic! At The Disco, or Gorillaz are other two examples.
In the movie Shaun Of The Dead, there's an scene where Shaun, the protagonist, is throwing records to a zombie. One of them was "Blue Monday".
Their biggest hit has been the single "Blue Monday", that comes in the original record from 1983: Power, Corruption & Lies.
For a short time, on their early days, they used a very special and democratic way to write the lyrics. Each member had to write a line, then pass it on.
In 1998, Orgy made a cover of "Blue Monday". Their version was later covered by Schizo.
Apart from New Order, Peter Hook formed Revenge, but it got separated after only one album, and a couple of EPs. So he got into Monaco, with David Potts. They released two albums.
They got separated for a while after they released Republic. Later, Bernard Sumner, along with Johnny Marr from The Smiths, founded Electronic.
Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert were about to start a project of their own, called "The Other Two," until New Order got back together to play in the Reading Festival, in 1998.
Their label belongs to Factory Records, property of Andy Wilson, a friend of the band.
They were part of the videogame FIFA 2005 soundtrack, with a radio-edited version of "Blue Monday"(3 minutes shorter than the original).
The albums they have released so far are:
Movement(1981), Power, Corruption & Lies(1983), Low-Life(1985), Brotherhood(1986), Substance 1987(1987), Technique(1989), Republic(1993), Get Ready(2001), Waiting for the Sirens' Call(2005).

80's Hits

Bizarre Love Triangle
Blue Monday
True Faith

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