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About New Order

After the 1980 death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, surviving members Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris asked keyboardist Gillian Gilbert to help them pick up where their former band had left off. But when they added synths to their post-punk songs, they ended up creating one of the most influential electro-dance bands of all time. The Manchester group debuted in March 1981 with "Ceremony," a tune originally written for Joy Division, but the subsequent Movement, with its darkly melodic tracks, revealed a band in transition. On 1982’s “Temptation,” New Order came into itself, pairing its post-punk ethos with the textural disco beats members heard in New York clubs. As technology caught up to their creativity, “Blue Monday” became a mandatory playlist addition for hands-in-the-air dance parties (and remains the case several decades later). Power, Corruption & Lies, released in 1983, with its gorgeous Peter Saville-created floral artwork cemented the group’s status as dance-rock auteurs. They dominated the dance floor through the ‘80s with slinky singles like "The Perfect Kiss” and the glittering “Bizarre Love Triangle,” collected on their 1987 retrospective, Substance. That compilation—which introduced the explosive non-album single “True Faith”—helped them finally tap the U.S. market. By the time 1989 rolled around, New Order took the ecstasy-fuelled house scene by storm with their club-ready LP Technique and followed the fun with England’s best FIFA World Cup song “World in Motion” and 1993’s Republic, featuring indie-disco classic “Regret.” While the lineup has changed over the years—Gilbert left and rejoined and Hook departed in 2007—New Order plays on, releasing albums, pushing boundaries, and showing the kids how kaleidoscopic dance rock is done.

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