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Blue Monday is the fifth single made by New Order on 7 March 1983 band is the best-selling 12" single of all time.

Song

The song starts with a semiquaver kick intro with an Oberheim DMX drum machine until Gillian Gilbert starts the main rhythm. Then some cymbals interrupt, and the main beat and rhythm starts, which is similar to Video 586. The beat and bass was inspired by "Our Love" by Donna Summer and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)". The extended keypad was taken out of Kraftwork's "Uranium". After piano plays, Bernard Sumner delivers the lyrics in a cold voice. You can hear some dubs of his voice while he sings it. These dubs were meant to go onto the remix of the song "The Beach" but they were deleted, which means they had to dub them again. Bernard said he didn't like the original dubs anyway. The arrangement of the song was inspired by "Dirty Talk" by Klein+MBO.

The song was remixed by Quincy Jones and re-released in 1988.

Cover

The cover is of a floppy disc with Saville's code on the right.

Legacy and Reviews

The song became the best selling 12" single of all time, selling 1.16 million copies in the UK alone, topping charts and being played in clubs. However, New Order did not benefit from it because the original sleeve was die-cut with a silver sleeve. Factory Records lost money with each copy they sold. New Order did not care at first, because no-one expected it to be a hit. Also, the Hacienda recieved a lot of money through the single due to an investment.

New Order has played it in so many encores that they now hate the song.

Allmusic gave this review of Blue Monday along with 4.5 stars: New Order turned entirely toward a dance approach on the 12-inch single "Blue Monday," resulting in their biggest single hit ever, Top Ten in the U.K., and high in the U.S. dance charts. The single's B-side, "The Beach," is an instrumental version of "Blue Monday." (Originally released on Factory Records in March 1983, "Blue Monday" was reissued by Qwest Records in June 1985, and reissued a second time in a remixed version as "Blue Monday 1988" in April 1988.)

B-sides

The original 1983 release had "The Beach" as it's B-side, a remix of New Order. A 1985 re-release had "Theives Like Us" as the B-side. "Beach Buggy" was the 1988 remix release and the '95 Blue Monday is the Hardfloor remix. For more information, see "Track Listing" below.

Covers

Cover by Orgy

Orgy made and relased a four-minute, industrial rock version of Blue Monday with five other remixes of the Orgy version in 1998. For more info, see Blue Monday (Orgy).

Cover by Flunk

Flunk slowed down the main beat, and sung the lyrics, becoming popular and a worldwide hit. For more info, see Blue Monday (Flunk).

Hacienda Remix

Rephlex Records released an old acid remix of Blue Monday played at the Hacienda on 1988 by 808 State. For more info, see Blue Monday (808 State remix).

Track Listing

1983

  1. Blue Monday
  2. The Beach

1985

  1. Blue Monday
  2. Theives Like Us

1988

7" and 12" UK

  1. Blue Monday
  2. Beach Buggy

US 7"

  1. Blue Monday
  2. Touched By The Hand Of God

US 12"

  1. Blue Monday 1988 (12")
  2. Blue Monday (Dub)
  3. Touched By The Hand Of God (Remix)
  4. Touched By The Hand Of Dub

CD

  1. Blue Monday 1988 (12")
  2. Beach Buggy (12")
  3. Blue Monday 1988 (7")

Video CD

  1. Blue Monday 1988 (12")
  2. Beach Buggy (12")
  3. Blue Monday 1988 (7")
  4. Blue Monday 1988 (video)

Cassette

  1. Blue Monday 1988 (12" mix)
  2. Touched By The Hand Of God
  3. Blue Monday 1988 (7")
  4. Blue Monday 1988 (Dub)

1995

7"

  1. Blue Monday-95 (Hardfloor Remix)
  2. Blue Monday (Original Radio Edit)*

12"

  1. Blue Monday-95 (Hardfloor Remix)
  2. Blue Monday-95 (Andrea Mix)
  3. Blue Monday-95 (Manuella Mix)
  4. Blue Monday (Original Mix)^

Cassette

  1. Blue Monday-95 (Hardfloor Mix)
  2. Blue Monday (Originial Mix)^
  3. Blue Monday-95 (Manuella Mix)
  4. Blue Monday-95 (Andrea Mix)
  5. Blue Monday-95 (Plutone Mix)
  • This is actually the Blue Monday 1988 7".

^This is actually the original Blue Monday 12".


Lyrics

How does it feel to treat me like you do?
When you've your hands upon me
And told me who you are
I thought I was mistaken
I thought I heard your words
Tell me, how do I feel
Tell me now, How do I feel

Those who came before me
Lived through their vocations
From the past until completion
They'll turn away no more
And I still find it so hard
To say what I need to say
But I'm quite sure that you'll tell me
Just how I should feel today

I see a ship in the harbor
I can and shall obey
But if it wasn't for your misfortune
I'd be a heavenly person today
And I thought I was mistaken
And I thought I heard you speak
Tell me how do I feel
Tell me now, how should I feel

Now I stand here waiting...
I thought I told you to leave me
While I walked down to the beach
Tell me how does it feel
When your heart grows cold
New Order - Blue Monday07:27

New Order - Blue Monday

New Order- Blue Monday 198804:08

New Order- Blue Monday 1988

New Order - Blue Monday (Hardfloor Remix) HD-008:38

New Order - Blue Monday (Hardfloor Remix) HD-0

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