New Order Biography
This Synth-Pop band was formed in Manchester, ENGLAND following the deth
of Joy Division's Ian Curtis, he committed suicide in May 1980.
The three remaining members, guitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris continued under the name New Order; with Sumner taking on the role of vocalist and with the addition of Morris' girlfriend keyboardist Gillian Gilbert, the line-up was complete.
In the spring of 1981 the quartet recorded their first single, "Ceremony",
which quickly reached the U.K. Top 40 chart, that same year they released
their first full-length disc, "Movement".
Two years later, the group delivered its second album, "Power, Corruption & Lies", which included "Blue Monday", released in 12-inch format only, it spent nearly one year in the U.K. chart becoming the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time in Britain and their most popular international single, moving over three million copies worldwide.
The next album, 1985's "Low-Life", cracked The Billboard Top 200 chart reaching the #94 slot on the back of the Hot Dance top 5 hit, "The Perfect Kiss".
The band's fourth effort, "Brotherhood", followed a year later but did not match the success of its predecessor.
New Order released in 1987 the non-album single "True Faith" which climbed into the top 5 of the Official U.K. chart and peaked at #32 on The Billboard Hot 100.
The following year Quincy Jones remixed an old hit and released "Blue Monday 1988", the latter of which topped the Dance charts in the United States.
1989's "Technique", recorded in Ibiza, contained two Modern Rock singles: the top 3 hit "Fine Time" and the #6 "Round And Round".
Around this time Sumner started a side project named Electronic with Johnny Marr, former guitarist of The Smiths and Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys.
New Order came back together in 1993 when they recorded and released "Republic", which featured the #1 Modern Rock smash single "Regret" plus the top 5 hit "World".
Subsequently the group's membership would return to varied solo projects, in 2000, the band contributed the song "Brutal" to the soundtrack of the Danny Boyle film "The Beach".
The full-length album "Get Ready" followed one year later, their first album of new material in eight years; The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan joined the veteran British act as a touring guitarist for select dates and he can be heard on the track "Turn My Way", the album peaked at #6 in the U.K. chart and reached the #41 spot on The Billboard Top 200 chart spawning three singles: "Crystal" hit #8 on the British chart, "60 Miles An Hour" made top 30 and "Someone Like You" was aminor hit.
In October 2002 New Order issued the retrospective compilation "International" which featured the previously unreleased song "Here To Stay", the single peaked at #15 in Britain.
The band released in spring 2005 their eighth studio album, "Waiting For The Sirens' Call" which includes the single "Krafty".