I’ll let Discogs state the facts:-

Blue Monday :  New Order’s 5th single. A milestone, both by musical standards and by design standards. Sold over 1 million copies globally. But because at the time of release, Factory weren’t part of the BPI, there are no reliable figures nor certifications or awards.

Initial editions were released in March 1983 with die-cut cover and cut outs and a thick silver inner sleeve, designed by Peter Saville.

Cover variations: Die-cut with cut-outs, die-cut without cut-outs, plain printed.
Inner sleeve variations: Thick glossy silver, thin matte silver, thick glossy black or thin matte black.
All bear the colour code, spelling “FAC 73 Blue Monday And The Beach New Order”.

There is a common misconception that Factory lost money on the release due to the design. The sleeve did cost so much that it actually denied Factory an extra profit of just under 1 UK Pence on each copy sold. But demand and production cost and timings meant that the sleeve became progressively more simple with each repressing.

Peaked at #9 in the UK Single charts and at #1 in the UK Indie Charts.

Blue Monday 1988: New Order’s 16th single, released in March 1988. Produced by Quincy Jones with the actual remix done by John Potoker. After New Order signed to Qwest in the US, Quincy Jones saw an opportunity for their groundbreaking track to have a legitimate single release and a shot at radio airplay. In the UK it was released as 7″, 12″, CD-Single and as CD-V, featuring an alternate 7″ mix.

Also reissued in 1995 with new remixes.


But quite frankly, nothing beats the original.  I reckon I’ve probably, over the years, danced to this track more than any other.

mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday
mp3 : New Order – The Beach

mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday 1988 (single mix)
mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday 1988 (12″ mix)

mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday 95 (Hardfloor mix)
mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday 95 (Manuella mix)
mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday 95 (Andrea mix)
mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday 95 (Plutone mix)
mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday 95 (Brain mix)
mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday 95 (Starwash mix)
mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday 95 (Hardfloor Dub)

Re these mixes of Blue Monday 95 – some were for the UK market and others for Europe and also Australia.  I’m guessing it’s all to do with whatever styles of clubs were most in fashion in whic part of the world.  There’s elements of trance, dub, techno, ambient, acid and house all to be found. A word of warning – they do get a tad wearisome rather quickly….but there will be folk out there who enjoy some and maybe even all of them.

Oh and for completeness sake:-

mp3 : New Order – Blue Monday  (So Hot Mix by 808 State)

This was done in 1988 to appeal to the Acid House market.

Took me ages to pull this post together…..I had no idea so many mixes had been commercially released.


10 thoughts on “THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 5)

  1. Agreed the original is by far the best, the only of the remixes the really does anything for me is the ambientish Andrea mix, which makes something new out of it, not only harder and faster.
    I got the “Blauer” CD-maxi as a bonus when I bought the “The Rest Of…” compilation which has all of the above 1995 mixes except the Hardfloor dub, but on the other hand I have a “Hawtin remix” instead…

  2. The New Order track that became a phenomenon and has a life as a classic hit single rather than a classic New Order single, which it is as well.

    Not often that things this great become as popular as it was and is fondly remembered by millions of record buyers whose only NO single is this.

  3. I can live with the ’88 version, Quincy Jones’s remix- a bit too busy in places but its ok. The original (and the Beach) are pretty untouchable though. The slew of New Order remixes in the 90s added little to any of the songs except promotion and money.

  4. The original only for me but a record I find painful to listen to as it brings back some bad memories. This was the soundtrack to me getting a kicking at the under 18s disco in Foxeys nightclub in Lanark at the time of it’s release for having the audacity to get off with the ex girlfriend of one of the local thugs.
    Not so happy days

  5. I do like the hardfloor mix but it’s got to be the original hasn’t it. Also fact fans it was supposed to number one in the short lived wycra colour chart. Like drew said not so happy days

  6. Love the original, but if you had to listen to each of these in succession to put this post together I think you would need a straight jacket.

  7. Sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with a good thing – in this case an extremely good thing… Blue Monday ’88 is just disheartening. The 95 mixes are just a money grab and the 808 State mix is just bandwagoneering….
    As for Blue Monday, it is such a one off, that any and every song that sounds even remotely like it gets short shrift…I’m looking at you The Cure and Bobby Orlando/Divine…
    Taking inspiration from Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk and disco, they really just bumped into the magic that became Blue Monday in an effort to get a synthesizer to “talk” to a drum machine.
    Within a year or two of Blue Monday, they would harness both to do their artistic bidding…

  8. Much as I loved this song at the time, I just don’t want to hear it again unless its the 12″ vinyl played too loud, sorry !!!

  9. What a monster this was from a musical and design point of view. I bought this immediately on release [along with everyone else in my town] and it was played to life. I can’t say “death” because I’m still not sick of it. I just have to get that drum beat in my brain and it lodges there for long hours. I was still “collecting” New order until ’92, so I bought the UK “Blue Monday ’88” CD5, but I also bought the US promo CD5 with three tracks, including a “Blue Monday ’88 [dub version]” at 7:17 not accounted for here:

    That’s not to say any of this promotional activity was worth it. The post-modern mixes are the usual rubbish strictly useful for bilking the fans, in my opinion.

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