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New Order — Blue Monday
Album: Power, Corruption & Lies
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Released: 1983
Length: 7:17
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 I still 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
While I walked down to the beach
Tell me, how does it feel
When your heart grows cold?
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Fed Hall, University of Waterloo, 1985
Oh now, the halcyon days in the east village.   Dancing in the Pyramid club basement.   

Long gone times...
Instantly takes me back to the discoteques in Juarez, late 80's/early 90s - great times!
brilliant
I was born in 1984. I'll cite my dislike for this song to it being before my time.
So glad I lived through the time that this was new.  What an experience. 
one of the most infuencial tracks in music history.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx7tlwh3Ffo


Lets get fancy!
This song is appropriate for working while socially distancing from COVID-19 
Thank you so much for thisI feel so so young again. Kisses from Switzerland Ines
 jwarren wrote:
My hair is starting to curl.
 
 

Requested at least once an hour for YEARS at KCPR. Just unavoidable that it would be overplayed to the point of thinking I'd never want to hear it again. Sounds good now though.
Yesterday was Blue Monday, but this is still apt.
My hair is starting to curl.
It came to me as I was listening to this and cooking dinner that you could do the Polka to this...
Just saying and not a negative, just a little humour
Back in the UK day, this was the best tune to drown out your attempts to chat to girls.
 4wel wrote:
have vinyl of this album ) classic 
 

Had as a 12" 45!  Took me a few plays at 33 to realize that I had not just purchased the worst music ever.
 brookap wrote:
10 in 1983.
Thirty six years later: 10.
 

Exactly.
Love this so much, Great track, Great Band

Not Rock, Move to Eclectic Mix
10 in 1983.
Thirty six years later: 10.
An iconic 80's album, it would be great to hear other tracks from it here on RP!
At this time I was in London, it was so great to hear this sort of music 

For this time : "Messieurs les Anglais vous avez tiré les premiers" 
I have always liked them, just cannot get over how much different they are to Joy Division.
This is one way to completely fill a dance floor, even now.
 xray38 wrote:
Always turn this one up, and then unconsciously drive faster.
 


Same here, but I'm in the kitchen and just bumped into the fridge!
Always turn this one up, and then unconsciously drive faster.
I think something by Billy Preston should follow this...
 bobcanna1 wrote:
Seriously ...... Yuk!

 
No, you are wrong ... you must now boil your head in penance
have vinyl of this album ) classic 
Couldn't be more apt today :(  Great song though
Seriously ...... Yuk!
Very very exciting song
What a segue!!!!!
I love this, but Bill, you should see if you could get a nice rip of this most excellent cover by Orkestra Obsolete: https://youtu.be/RpLZ1mib0wQ
Greatest dance song ever.
 Proclivities wrote:
...., New Order was little more than background, dance-club music to me in the 1980s; it didn't work outside of that setting, and wasn't good for much inside it.

 
Hmmm....  let me take a stab at this.   Not enough MDMA/Ecstasy?  

I was given comp tickets to an outdoor concert of a famous 'classic rock' band.  Part way through I recall wishing I had a tonne more weed to smoke.  At that point I knew I was not enjoying the concert much.  
I will forever more associate this song with Nazi PUNCH.
Genius!  Some of their new stuff on RP would be cool too!
I gotta admit, my toes are tapping. {#Dancingbanana}
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}{#Music}
turn your playroom lights on strobe, get on your exer-cycle and pedal away the lazy pounds
 Lindo525 wrote:
The short leap from disco to this genre never really seemed quite far enough for me. I have honestly tried to like it, but I guess that this old long-haired hard-rockin' freak just never warmed up to this stuff. Can we hear some Zeppelin now? Please? 
Don't worry, there's plenty of classic rock on the way - you're never more than an hour away from some iteration of Floyd, Zeppelin, Santana, Tull, J.J. Cale, or Clapton.  However, New Order was little more than background, dance-club music to me in the 1980s; it didn't work outside of that setting, and wasn't good for much inside it, though this song was fun.
 kcar wrote:

{#No}

Used to like the first two minutes or so but not even that much now...It's like being stuck in an 80s S&M bar with a hangover. 

 
Speaking as a person who actually was stuck in an 80's S&M bar (to be precise it was 1979, close 'nuf) I confirm the above. Music for people who don't like music, or thinking, or anything actually...
{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana}
Biggest techno song ever. A 10, solid.
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana} Yeah, we were dancing then! Still can't sit still. 9 -> 10
I prefer the Nouvelle Vague cover version.
this is dance music, remember when people used to dance?
put down your TV remotes and Cheetos infused burritos and shake a tail feather 
My first ever sucko-barfo! 
 
 hanssachs wrote:
Well, that's not getting any better with the passage of time, is it? 

 
{#No}

Used to like the first two minutes or so but not even that much now...It's like being stuck in an 80s S&M bar with a hangover. 
 bertbakker wrote:
To be frank, when these boys where Joy Division, neither of them could really sing or play an instrument. Yet they made the most intense music possible. They still couldn't play when they became New Order, but to make that step and come up with something completely different and catchy as this song is also genius.

 
But you're not frank, you're bert.
YEAH this was THE 80ties song.

And is it not the biggest selling 12" ever? {#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana} I LOVE IT!
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I find this undeniable. For one of the first times since joining Radio Paradise, I am at a loss to understand the negative comments.

 
People are more inclined to post a negative comment when they dislike something, than to post a positive one when liking it. A string of negative comments mostly means that the song has been in the playlist for long enough that all those who like it, have said everything there is to say about it. Then the comments stagnate and we mostly get comments from whoever feels the need to vent their disapproval. So in a certain twisted way, a bunch of negative comments may be a testament to the long-lasting quality of the song.
MilesW wrote:
Sorry - instant PSD for me...


 
Dosequis wrote:
I keep forgetting there's PSD............Bye

 
If you want to report to the whole world about every button you are clicking, there are things like Twitter for that. If you don't like a song, there's the rating system for that. If you have something substantial to say about your appreciation of the song, then there is the RP comment section.
Sounds like Donna Summer's 'I feel love' with all the good bits taken out and then extended to be so long it makes you want to use the PSD on it. 
I find this undeniable. For one of the first times since joining Radio Paradise, I am at a loss to understand the negative comments.
wanna-be Cure melody, not bad though :)
I keep forgetting there's PSD............Bye
Disco still sucks
my breaktrough for electronic music. {#Bananasplit}
Blue Monday was a standard at alternative and leftie discos and gigs back in the 80s, and IIRC it still holds the record for being top of the alternative charts the longest. I never quite understood why as New Order lyrics, including for this number, were always pretty mundane and apolitical, but for sure you could dance like crazy to this, especially the seemingly endless 12" mix.

The album covers at the time perversely reminded me of porn, as back in the days when you could only get smutty mags in sex shops the mags' covers were often of flowers and home furnishings. As, sadly for my young self, were the mags' contents when I got them home...
 farbdose wrote:
just boaring

 
Wild boars
Well, that's not getting any better with the passage of time, is it? 
just boaring
Where's the damn puke emoticon when you need it? {#Beat}
To be frank, when these boys where Joy Division, neither of them could really sing or play an instrument. Yet they made the most intense music possible. They still couldn't play when they became New Order, but to make that step and come up with something completely different and catchy as this song is also genius.
Sorry - instant PSD for me...
Yes!!!  Right on, they were so killer.
never stop?
 Lindo525 wrote:
The short leap from disco to this genre never really seemed quite far enough for me. I have honestly tried to like it, but I guess that this old long-haired hard-rockin' freak just never warmed up to this stuff. Can we hear some Zeppelin now? Please?

  Yes, let's move on please.  This is the music that I have tried to forget.


The short leap from disco to this genre never really seemed quite far enough for me. I have honestly tried to like it, but I guess that this old long-haired hard-rockin' freak just never warmed up to this stuff. Can we hear some Zeppelin now? Please?
W00t! for the 80s. If I heard this for the first time today I'm not sure I'd even like it, ya know, as a middle-aged adult. But the nostalgia factor makes it a favorite.{#Dancingbanana_2}
Memories.
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
I'm afraid to say that this rocks my world in a way that means no critical appraisal is valid.... I can still remember when I heard it for the first time on the car radio, and just had to pull over and sit and listen to it.... I can point out where it was and still think about it whenever I drive past (on the road past Downside Abbey in Somerset, if you really want to know... and I was in my brand new company Cortina, feeling like The Man!!)

 
Ah, the Ford Cortina - the Beamer of the 80s :o). Also heavily featured in 80s cop shows such as The Professionals, and the wonderfully retro Life on Mars. Bloody tanks to drive, though, so my brother tells me.
 number7 wrote:
I worked in a record, stereo shop through the 70 & some of the 80's.
Used this song for a demo tune for a while.
Cannot really see it now.
Not a great sonic tune & not a toe tapper.
Ah well, sold lots of stereo's with it.
Classic just the same.

 
Au Contraire Mon Frere

If not a toe tapper then at least an ass shaker  {#Yes} 
Sorry; if this music, then Depeche Mode!
turn your playroom lights on strobe, get on your exer-cycle and pedal away the lazy pounds
 
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
I'm afraid to say that this rocks my world in a way that means no critical appraisal is valid.... I can still remember when I heard it for the first time on the car radio, and just had to pull over and sit and listen to it.... I can point out where it was and still think about it whenever I drive past (on the road past Downside Abbey in Somerset, if you really want to know... and I was in my brand new company Cortina, feeling like The Man!!)
 
Ha! Excellent. This rocked my world too. . . one of those tracks that are, simply, life changing. All these years on and it still does the trick. Marvellous stuff!
Good oldy

      {#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Drummer}

{#Yes}{#Roflol}{#Clap}{#Yes}{#Roflol}{#Clap}{#Yes}{#Roflol}{#Clap}
Ossome {#Dancingbanana}
 Sasha2001 wrote:
For a long time this was the biggest selling single of al time. Dont know if anyone's dethroned it since. Dont get what all the sniping is about, New Order and Joy Devision are well represented on RP, as is most of the best 80s alternative. Reason #121 why this is the best radio on the planet.
 
Thanks.  I would luv to hear numbers 1-120.  Also, I now have the complete NO catalog>>>>>>>>highly recomended
I'm afraid to say that this rocks my world in a way that means no critical appraisal is valid.... I can still remember when I heard it for the first time on the car radio, and just had to pull over and sit and listen to it.... I can point out where it was and still think about it whenever I drive past (on the road past Downside Abbey in Somerset, if you really want to know... and I was in my brand new company Cortina, feeling like The Man!!)
{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}   La millor canço tecno de tots els temps , sense dubte !
 MilesW wrote:

It's hard to hear this, period.  PSD.  Please, Bill - less 80's synth-pop, and more CONTEMPORARY music!

 
Well that was a silly thing to say to a station programmer that seeks out "ECLECTIC" music, wasn't it?
Time machine, get ready for blast off.  {#Bananajam}
 GarageDragon wrote:
80's synth:   BOING BOING BOING BOING. 

It's hard to hear this without picturing a pogo stick.
 
It's hard to hear this, period.  PSD.  Please, Bill - less 80's synth-pop, and more CONTEMPORARY music!
I worked in a record, stereo shop through the 70 & some of the 80's.
Used this song for a demo tune for a while.
Cannot really see it now.
Not a great sonic tune & not a toe tapper.
Ah well, sold lots of stereo's with it.
Classic just the same.
For a long time this was the biggest selling single of al time. Dont know if anyone's dethroned it since. Dont get what all the sniping is about, New Order and Joy Devision are well represented on RP, as is most of the best 80s alternative. Reason #121 why this is the best radio on the planet.
Can't give it an 8 but I sure did dig these guys. Good song.
guess I'm too old.  grateful for the PSD which has brought me Mr. Costello covering  the Beatles.
Seriously..... WTF?
80's synth:   BOING BOING BOING BOING. 

It's hard to hear this without picturing a pogo stick.
Thanks for playing this. I almost forgot why I stopped going to clubs in the 80s.
Nice thanks for this 
 
 biggi wrote:

Actually, it is on one of my favorite New Order albums, Power, Corruption & Lies (1983).  :) 

 

It's not on my copy, and according to Wiki I am right and you are not.
This makes my head hurt. Are you sure you're all hearing what I'm hearing?
 zerosomething wrote:
I'd listen to this stuff in secret. Away from my metal mania friends. 
 
Your secret is save with us. haha {#Dancingbanana_2}
I'd listen to this stuff in secret. Away from my metal mania friends. 
 rdo wrote:

This song was released as a single.  It does not belong to any album, like many New Order songs.

 
Actually, it is on one of my favorite New Order albums, Power, Corruption & Lies (1983).  :)

 


 Jacksonstat wrote:
Time out from work! Chair dancing time.
 
:D :D
Time out from work! Chair dancing time.

This song was released as a single.  It does not belong to any album, like many New Order songs.


Yez, this is the time in Shprockets vhen ve dance.
Man, this reminds me of some great days in SoCal.  Fresh out of college and dancing our weekends (and weeknights) away, good times...

I tried to convince my 14-year-old son and his buddy that Deadmau5 is a descendant of New Order, but they thought I was crazy and changed the song{#Sad}  I'll try again some day;-)
 sirdroseph wrote:
God help me, but I like this song.{#Lol}

 
Me too. And it ain't my usual bag.  And I love the perspective that our friend fredriley posted.  Bravo. 
Annoying. But, admittedly, technopop is not my cup of tea.
 fredriley wrote:
I think that you had to be there to appreciate how important this song was to alternative 80s culture. It was a mandatory play at any leftie/liberal disco/benefit/club, and made a nice change from the sometimes excessively earnest radical music of that time. There weren't that many properly danceable tunes around in those days in the alternative scene - the danceability had been appropriated by the yuprock bands (Bryan Ferry, Spandau Ballet, Human League et al) - so we enjoyed this one to the hilt. It was IIRC top of the alternative charts for the best part of a year, perhaps more, and really made New Order's reputation and fortune.

Ok, it's a bit dated now, and I can imagine that folk the right side of 40 might not 'get it'.
 
The 90s club kids had to ride on the shirt tails of the 80s dance music because, well, grunge seemed to be all we had and it wasn't danceable so much as moshable.I loved this song and I'm 35, just shy of being 40; I still can't believe so much time has passed. It feels like ten years ago.

And I've never really considered this song to be as powerful of a statement as you've described it. Listening now, I get it.
For the sake of variety it's nice to hear this electronic dance music here on RP. For the sake of memories...ahhh not so much.
For just a few seconds when this started I thought it was going to be the Yoshito Brothers .....
A total classic.  It was SO edgy and unique when it came out in the mid 80's.  I think it still holds up if you're in the right mood and looking for some energy and fun! BTW, this whole album is great - one of their best for sure.  Most tracks not as "poppy" as this.
*Love* hearing stuff like this on RP!  We need more dance music to go along with the emo and indie.
My youth!
Nice to hear this on RP!
{#Dancingbanana}
Cool
 fredriley wrote:

I think that you had to be there to appreciate how important this song was to alternative 80s culture. It was a mandatory play at any leftie/liberal disco/benefit/club, and made a nice change from the sometimes excessively earnest radical music of that time. There weren't that many properly danceable tunes around in those days in the alternative scene - the danceability had been appropriated by the yuprock bands (Bryan Ferry, Spandau Ballet, Human League et al) - so we enjoyed this one to the hilt. It was IIRC top of the alternative charts for the best part of a year, perhaps more, and really made New Order's reputation and fortune.

Ok, it's a bit dated now, and I can imagine that folk the right side of 40 might not 'get it'.
 
Yep, I'll go with that. Except I suppose my comment was in response to this being slated as 'mindless house/dance drivel'. I still take offence at that, just as someone might find the statement 'mindless country drivel' or 'mindless rock drivel' offensive.

Anyway, I love the fact that this track is still worth a listen after all these years and holds fond memories.