Sometimes when you look back on a band’s catalogue you end up amazed at the sheer volume of what they created. New Order is such a band. If you start with their original incarnation with the late Ian Curtis – Joy Division, and then follow Bernard Sumner‘s other projects: Electronic and Bad Lieutenant it is startling how much good music they have been putting out for over 30 years. Many of their contemporaries from the 1980s have long since disappeared or become novelty acts while they still make vital music (albeit separately since 2007).
They unabashedly used computers and synthesizers before it was popular and created an electronic sound that thousands of bands have been trying to copy since. They also weren’t shy about embracing dance music and the club scene of the 1980s. The group was definitely at the forefront of the “Rave” movement. You can’t listen to New Order music and not want to move.
Like all great artists they evolve and follow their own muse and create music they like and want to make rather than conforming to fashion or simply churning out hits. I find the lyrics equally as compelling which is unusual for bands that would be considered their peers. It is clear that much of what they are writing is autobiographical and full of genuine sentiment. In my humble opinion, it is art in its purest form and delivered at a consistently high quality level. Talents like Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris don’t come along every day.
There are many songs I could have picked but decided on “Regret“ because I believe it is a good introduction to their music. I also like the video 🙂