New Order

Formed 1980.
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New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980. The band currently consists of Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman. The band was formed in 1980 by Sumner (vocals, guitars, keyboards and synthesisers), Peter Hook (bass and vocals) and Morris (drums, electronic drums, keyboards and synthesisers) – the remaining members of Joy Division, following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis – with the addition of Gilbert (keyboards, synthesisers and guitars).

By combining post-punk and electronic dance music, New Order became one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. Though the band's early years were shadowed by the legacy and basic sound of Joy Division, their experience of the early 1980s New York City club scene increased their knowledge of dance music and helped them incorporate elements of that style into their work. The band's 1983 hit "Blue Monday", the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, is one example of how the band transformed their sound.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Technique

    Technique 2008

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    A brilliant album from one of the finest groups to have ever walked the Earth.
  2. Review of Waiting For The Sirens' Call

    Waiting For The Sirens' Call 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Long
    New Order have risen like salmons to the challenge, fighting the weight of their back...
  3. Review of The Radio One Sessions

    The Radio One Sessions 2004

    Reviewed by Cormac Heron
    They crossed the fields by wrecking the hedges.
  4. Review of Substance

    Substance 1985

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Still the best album the band never made...
  5. Review of Power, Corruption & Lies

    Power, Corruption & Lies 1983

    Reviewed by John Doran
    A futuristic, technological band being simultaneously very organic and soulful.