Blue Monday by New Order was the best selling 12 inch single in history. This masterpiece helped put synth pop on the map and influenced hundreds of bands thereafter. Peter Hook tells the story behind its creation.
Blue Monday – A Synth Pop Classic
Blue Monday is the iconic synth song that put synth-pop on the map. New Order released the track in 1983, paving the way for synth sounds to dominate the airwaves throughout the late ’80s. The 12″ single track had an instrumental B side. But the coolest detail of the original release? The album artist designed the die-cut sleeve to look like a floppy disk. The original sleeve is a coveted item. There’s even an owner’s club.
Blue Monday bridged New Order from their post-punk roots to Alternative Dance Music. The track typified the sound we would hear more and more in clubs throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s.
From the synth sounds to the floppy disk image, Blue Monday is a cultural symbol of the electronic age. The blocks of code spelling out the artist, track, and label were a nice touch. In fact, this code was an early example of an easter egg.