New Order

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

By combining post-punk with an increasing influence from 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's sound became increasingly upbeat and electronic.

New Order were the flagship band for Manchester-based independent record label Factory Records. Their unlabelled album sleeves and "non-image" (the band rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores) reflected the label's aesthetic of doing whatever the relevant parties wanted to do, including an aversion to including singles as album tracks. Because of the band's dance-rock genre it has a complex discography, with many well-known songs not featured on studio albums or released in a variety of mixes. Throughout their career, the band's records were carefully art-directed by Mancunian designer Peter Saville.

The group disbanded in 1993 to work on individual projects, and reunited in 1998. In 2001, Cunningham (guitars, keyboards and synthesisers) replaced Gilbert, who took a sabbatical from the band because of family commitments. In 2007, Peter Hook left the band. After Hook's departure, Bernard, Phil and Stephen worked on Bad Lieutenant and the band reunited in 2011 without Hook, with Gilbert's return and Chapman replacing Hook on bass. During the band's career and in between lengthy breaks, band members have been involved in several solo projects, such as Sumner's Electronic and Bad Lieutenant; Hook's Monaco and Revenge and Gilbert and Morris' The Other Two. Cunningham was previously a member of Marion and with Sumner and Chapman was a member of Bad Lieutenant.

In September 2015, the band released its tenth studio album, Music Complete.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Movement New Order 4 11
1983 Power, Corruption & Lies New Order 4 12
1985 Low‐Life New Order 4 9
1986 Brotherhood New Order 5 10
1989 Technique New Order 5 10
1993 Republic New Order 3.5 6
2001 Get Ready New Order 3.35 6
2005 Waiting for the Sirens’ Call New Order 2.5 5
2013 Lost Sirens New Order 2
2015 Music Complete New Order 4 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Substance 1987 New Order 3.5 13
1994 (The Best of) New Order New Order 3 3
2002 Back to Mine: New Order New Order 2
2002 International New Order 2
2002 Retro New Order 3
2004 In Session New Order 1
2005 Singles New Order 3
2007 iTunes Originals New Order 1
2011 Total: From Joy Division to New Order Joy Division / New Order 1

Album + Live + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Peel Sessions New Order 4 3

Album + Compilation + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 (The Rest of) New Order New Order 5
2005 Best Remixes New Order 1
In Hindsight: Razormaid Remixes New Order 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert New Order 2
2002 511 New Order 1
2011 Live at The London Troxy New Order 2
2013 Live at Bestival 2012 New Order 1
1993-02-07: Montreux, Switzerland New Order 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Substance Abuse 1994 New Order 1
Ultra Rare Trax New Order 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Ceremony New Order 5 4
1981 Procession New Order 1
1981 Everything’s Gone Green New Order 2
1982 Temptation New Order 2
1983 Blue Monday New Order 5 5
1983 Confusion New Order 4
1984 Thieves Like Us New Order 4
1984 Murder New Order 1
1985 The Perfect Kiss New Order 4
1985 Sub‐Culture New Order 2
1986 Shellshock New Order 3
1986 State of the Nation New Order 2
1986 Bizarre Love Triangle New Order 5 6
1987 True Faith New Order 5 8
1987 Touched by the Hand of God New Order 3
1988 Blue Monday 1988 New Order 5 4
1988 Fine Time New Order 6
1989 Round&round New Order 7
1989 Run 2 New Order 2
1990 World in Motion… EnglandNewOrder 7

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