Joy Division ceased to be after the devastating suicide of Ian Curtis – the day before their first American tour – but the fellow band members decided they still wanted to work together to make music. Of course, it was a new era and Joy Division, as was, was no more – and hence ‘New Order’ was born.
Their prolific career was at its peak in the 1980’s, as their post-punk style evolved and changed thanks to the influence of the New York Club scene. The English band’s electronic/dance style, which made them on of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 1980’s, made them a commercial success. Nothing epitomises this commercial success more than the single “Blue Monday”. The 1983 single became the best-selling 12” of all time and still is to this date.
New Order released 6 studio albums between 1980 and 1993. After this prolific spell of releasing new music, the band went on hiatus for five years. After participating in various side-projects, the band reconvened to release a 7th album in 2001. After another 6 year spell together, they split once again, when Peter Hook announced he would not be working with the band any more.
However, New Order reformed in 2011 to produce a new album, with a new look line-up. The band have been added to various festival line ups for 2012, including the closing Olympics festival in Hyde Park, where they will play alongside Blur.
WinkBall reporters caught up with New Order fans at the O2 in Brixton on Wednesday, 2nd May 2012.