As New Order prepare to release, “Music Complete” this week, we take a look back at the finest musical moments to date. “Music Complete” is out on Friday (25th September 2015); it’s their first album without bassist, Peter “Hooky” Hook and features input from Iggy Pop, La Roux and Brandon Flowers.
Written when New Order were still Joy Division, “Ceremony” was the first single from the remaining members, following Ian Curtis’ suicide in May 1980. The track was released by New Order as their debut single in March 1981 and again in September of that same year to include new member, Gillian Gilbert. “Ceremony” is featured on “Still”, a compilation album of released and unreleased material and a live recording of Joy Division’s last gig, released a year after Curtis’ death.
Waiting For The Sirens’ Call (2005)
Taken from the 2005 album of the same name, “Waiting On The Sirens’ Call” is New Order frontman, Bernard Sumner’s “favourite New Order song of all time”. It was the third single from the LP and charted at #21 in The UK.
The lead single from New Order’s sixth studio LP, “Republic”; the first album from the band under London Records after the demise of Factory Records. The single was released in 1993 and is the last UK Top 5 Single the band have earned to date.
The lead single from their seventh studio album, “Get Ready”, released in 2001. The track scored the band a UK Top 10 Single and is considered “possibly one of the best New Order singles”. The promo for “Crystal” features a fictional band called The Killers (the name appears on the drum kit); it inspired the name of the real-life band from Las Vegas. Frontman, Brandon Flowers joined New Order onstage at T In The Park 2005 to perform the track.
True Faith (1987)
Released in July 1987, “True Faith” was the lead single from, “Substance ’87”, a compilation album that was written and recorded over a 10-day studio session with producer, Stephen Hague. The track was accompanied by a bizarre video where costumed dancers leap about, fight and slap one another, and bassist, Peter Hook claims it was written during an “unhappy period in New Order’s life”.
Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)
Taken from New Order’s 1986 album, “Brotherhood” and despite failing to make either The UK Top 40 or The US Billboard Hot 100, it is still considered one of the band’s best known singles. “Bizarre Love Triangle” features in 2010’s “Hot Tub Time Machine” starring John Cusack and 2011’s “What’s Your Number?” and ranked at number 201 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs Of All Time” in 2004.
A stand-alone single from 1982; this track is best recognised for its association with cult movie, “Trainspotting” in 1995. “Temptation” features both on the movie soundtrack and is sung by Diane (Kelly McDonald) is two scenes in the film; in the shower faintly in the background and sitting on the edge of Renton’s (Ewan McGregor) bed while he is going “cold turkey”.
Blue Monday (1983)
One of the most instantly recognisable intros of all time, and the biggest selling 12″ single ever; New Order’s “Blue Monday”. The track defined the dance club scene of the 80s and early 90s; the single, however, was not eligible for an official Gold Disc as record label, Factory Records was not a member of The British Phonographic Industry Association. “Blue Monday” was number one in Ireland, New Zealand, The UK Indie Chart and The US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.