New Order, 'Blue Monday'

On March 7, 1983 — exactly 30 years ago today — New Order released its monumental single “Blue Monday,” cementing its full transition from the moody post-punk of Joy Division to club-ready synthpop. And, in the process, the band delivered what has, ever since, been bestowed with the crown of best-selling 12-inch single of all time.

The song, for all its automation (it was designed to basically be played on autopilot), turned out to be something of a blank canvas for New Order, as the band, in the intervening years, has remixed it, re-released it and morphed it every which way while performing the song live.

Still, “Blue Monday” always retains its signature elements: that stuttering drum machine, Peter Hook’s ominous, thudding bassline and Bernard Sumner’s deadpan lyrical delivery.

Below, we’ve traced the history of the song, from its original 12-inch version (that’s Peter Saville’s iconic floppy disk-inspired sleeve above) and accompanying music video up through early TV performances and concert airings in the late ’90s and early 2000s, ending with footage of the band — now sans Hook — playing the latest arrangement of the song onstage last fall in the U.K.

Check ‘em out:

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — original 12-inch version, 1983

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — original music video, 1983

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live on “Top of the Pops,” 1983

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live on Channel 4′s “The Switch,” 1983

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live on “Veronica’s Countdownn,” Dutch TV, 1983

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at BBC Radio 1 studios, 1984

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live in Barcelona, 1984

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live in Tokyo, 1985

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live in Belgium, 1985

 

New Order, “Blue Monday ’88″ — music video, 1988

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at Reading, UK, 1998

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at Finsbury Park, UK, 2002

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at New York City, 2005

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live in Glasgow, 2006

 

New Order, “Blue Monday” — live at Bestival, UK, 2012

 

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