336 – New Order – Blue Monday (1983)
Written by New Order
Produced by New Order
Label – Factory
There’s many qualified music critics who believe that this record represents a defining link between the dying embers of 70s disco and the rise of house music of the mid 80s onwards. Whatever its influence, the plaintive, cold tones from singer Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook’s unique bass lead and the band’s experimentation with rudimentary, yet still cutting edge electronic rhythms makes for one of the most arresting sounds of the early decade. Sumner perfectly qualifies the song’s vitality by stating “I don’t really see it as a song. I see it more as a machine designed to make people dance. It comes on in a club and it sounds so powerful”. The millions of buyers who made it the biggest selling 12″ single of all time would probably agree.