This site represents a plan to review every core track ever released by New Order; from Ceremony to Superheated (and hopefully beyond). This may take some time!
This is a personal journey to revisit every song released by a band that has been of such magnificent influence*… to explore each track’s history and context, and to share some subjective opinion. Maybe I’ll then be able to better answer the question: “What are New Order’s ‘best’ tracks?”
I’m purposefully limiting the selection to the ‘core tracks’ as initially first released; i.e no remixes, re-recordings, live performances, or outtakes; with album versions in preference to single edits, and including any important compilation tracks.
Here’s the currently planned list:
Ceremony, In A Lonely Place, Dreams Never End, Truth, Senses, Chosen Time, ICB, The Him, Doubts Even Here, Denial, Procession, Everything’s Gone Green, Cries and Whispers, Mesh, Temptation, Hurt, Turn The Heater On, Too Late, Ode To Joy, Rocking Carol, Blue Monday, Age Of Consent, We All Stand, The Village, 5-8-6, Your Silent Face, Ultraviolence, Ecstasy, Leave Me Alone, Confusion, Thieves Like Us, Lonesome Tonight, Murder, Love Vigilantes, The Perfect Kiss, This Time Of Night, Sunrise, Elegia, Sooner Than You Think, Subculture, Face Up, Shellshock, State Of The Nation, Paradise, Weirdo, As It Is When It Was, Broken Promise, Way Of Life, Bizarre Love Triangle, All Day Long, Angel Dust, Every Little Counts, True Faith, 1963, Salvation Theme, Touched By The Hand Of God, Let’s Go, Sputnik, Skullcrusher, Fine Time, Don’t Do It, All The Way, Love Less, Round & Round, Best & Marsh, Guilty Partner, Run, MTO, Mr Disco, Vanishing Point, Dream Attack, Happy One, World In Motion, Regret, World, Ruined In A Day, Vicious Circle, Spooky, Everyone Everywhere, Young Offender, Liar, Chemical, Times Change, Special, Avalanche, Brutal, Crystal, Behind Closed Doors, 60 Miles An Hour, Sabotage, Turn My Way, Vicious Streak, Primitive Notion, Slow Jam, Rock The Shack, Someone Like You, Close Range, Run Wild, Here To Stay, Player In The League, Such A Good Thing, Soundtrack, Who’s Joe?, Hey Now What You Doing, Waiting For The Sirens’ Call, Krafty, I Told You So, Morning Night & Day, Dracula’s Castle, Jetstream, Guilt Is A Useless Emotion, Turn, Working Overtime, Vietnam, I’ll Stay with You, Sugarcane, Recoil, Californian Grass, Hellbent, Shake It Up, I’ve Got a Feeling, Exit, Hypnosis, Get Out, Restless, Singularity, Plastic, Tutti Frutti, People on the High Line, Stray Dog, Academic, Nothing but a Fool, Unlearn This Hatred, The Game, Superheated
Follow the blog to be updated on each review as it lands, and feel free to provide your own commentary.
Dennis Remmer, February 2016, Brisbane
* As I’m sure is the case with many others, I first became aware of New Order when the Blue Monday 12″ was released by Factory in 1983; packaged in all its colour-coded, record-as-floppy-disk, die-cut, wondrous anonymity… and that’s before you even get to the music: a driving futuristic extended vision of techno, industrial and electronica, with Bernard Sumner dead-panning from a wintery beach on disparate feelings and memories.
To say that Blue Monday was an epiphany for a then-14yo is a gross understatement.
From here I found the band’s earlier work, connected the dots to their previous incarnation (Joy Division), danced through their mid-80s europop, and happily lost myself completely in Technique and the times in which it lived.
Cue a responsible career (and money to spend on collecting music), being involved in the formative Internet of the early 90’s led to developing the first online discographies for New Order and Factory Records. All of this influenced my own need to produce electronic music, and start an independent record label with my partner Anna; whom I first connected with over music. Recently I was invited to prepare the discography for the official Joy Division website, and produced a coffee-table book and music archive on the development of electronic music in my home city of Brisbane.
All of which can be directly traced to Blue Monday.
My thanks to Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Phil Cunningham, and Tom Chapman. Your work is so very important to so many…
P.S Music Complete is brilliant. Reinvigorated, renaissance songwriting, killer electronic tracks, and rejuvenated performance. But I’ll get to that… I need to start at the beginning…