Groove out to New Order’s timeless track, “Blue Monday”!
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to take it way back to the 1980’s with New Order’s timeless track, “Blue Monday”. This is my go-to karaoke song and always gets the dive bar moving. It was originally released in 1983 as a 12-inch single and currently holds the record for the most 12-inch singles sold. The 2:00 intro starts simple with the iconic four-on-the-floor kick drum and then a driving techno Moog bass is brought in. From there, the song continues on in a similar fashion, with occasional lyrics and spacey synths. Mainly, it’s just the bass.
Fun fact: If you listen to the synth that fades in at around 0:15, you will notice it is a bit off from the beat. Apparently, the person who was fading it in for the recording did this on accident, but the band ended up liking so much that they kept it. Another bit of trivia is that the band claims to have written this song to avoid having to come back out for encores. The sequencers and MIDI technology they used allowed them to come back on for a second, start the sequencers, and then leave. Clever move New Order, clever move.
New Order is actually playing at Coachella this year so do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. There have been numerous times when I have sacrificed seeing a favorite DJ in order to catch older bands that I will most likely never see again (Billy Idol, Blondie, and Soundgarden just to name a few). I have yet to be disappointed. So if you enjoy New Order, and want to see two original members of Joy Division playing live, then make sure to catch this show at Coachella this year!
Listen to the original version of New Order – Blue Monday on YouTube:
Watch the New Order – Blue Monday 88 [Official Music Video] on YouTube:
New Order – Blue Monday – Lyrics
How does it feel to treat me like you do?
When you’ve laid 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 still I 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 harbour. 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 when I walked down to the beach
Tell me how does it feel, when your heart grows cold, grows cold, cold?