|Blue Monday facts|
New Order released Blue Monday in March 1983
It is the biggest selling 12" single of all time
The colours down the right-hand side are a code that spells out the title of the record
The brainchild of art & design lecturer Spencer Graham, The Blue Monday Owners' Club is a gem of an art project.
Ridiculously quirky and absolutely pointless, it’s the sort of thing you want to tell everyone about once you’ve worked out.
New Order’s 1983 single, Blue Monday remains the highest selling 12” single of all time. Catalogue No. FAC 73 was the original pressing but many re-releases and additional pressings have followed. But it’s the original version that Spencer’s gone all ‘trainspotter’ over.
In da club
|The original FAC 73 copy of Blue Monday|
The Blue Monday Owners' Club is free to join, requires no paper work and there are no quarterly meetings at the local community centre.
It’s more of an appreciation society for the same piece of vinyl. Spencer’s trying to track down as many owners as possible to add them to the list of ‘members’.
|"It's free to join, requires no paper work and there are no quarterly meetings at the local community centre"|
|The Blue Monday Owners' Club|
You, plus your vinyl will be snapped by Spencer, or you can submit your own photo if you have one, to build up the collection being posted on his website.
It’s an evolving piece of artwork that will hopefully feature as many people as possible. With the ability to adapt into all sorts of ways Spencer’s already considering and ex-owners' club after a friend can’t join after losing his copy!
Plans are also in place to host a gallery if the response is big enough and possibly followed by a book of all the photos plus comments by Spencer and other fans.
The website went online earlier this year and currently displays all of the photos. This will develop as more owners approach him with their records.
Despite Blue Monday being the biggest selling 12” single of all time, there are many different versions of the single.
Spencer himself owns five different copies of the release, some of which are later re-issues of pressings.
Friends have comically dubbed Spencer’s collection as the Blue Monday Rescue Club because he owns so many copies.
If you would like to be a part of Spencer’s Blue Monday Owners' Club, log onto his website where all the information is displayed on how you can get involved.