Podcast — May 6, 2023 at 12:59 pm

Listen: Song Exploder podcast takes apart New Order’s era-defining “Blue Monday”

Illustration by Carlos Lerma for Song Exploder

In many ways, New Order’s singular 1983 single “Blue Monday” is the perfect track to be disassembled by the Song Exploder podcast, with the group’s members acknowledging in the episode released this week that the song is a conglomeration of heaped-on musical parts, put together in an attempt to create an automated encore to play after the quartet left the stage.

The new episode of Song Exploder — which you can hear below — features interviews with Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris from the band’s Transmissions podcast, plus a new interview with former member Peter Hook by host Hrishikesh Hirway. They break down the track into its many parts, and explain how they ended up assembling a song that is allegedly the best-selling 12-inch single of all time.

Here’s the full episode — and the song:







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