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New Order: Brixton Ace, London

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, 26 March 1983

THE OMENS WERE poor. Judging from the new single, 'Blue Monday', you could be forgiven for supposing that New Order are simply the latest Factory ...

New Order: The Best of New Order (London)

Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, December 1994

LESS A SUCCESSOR TO THE SUBSTANCE compilation than an update, The Best Of New Order takes a very short-term view of the group's career, reprising ...

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New Order's Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris (1986)

Interview by Martin Aston, Rock's Backpages Audio, 6 October 1986

Drummer Stephen talks about new album Brotherhood: only hearing its flaws; writing in the studio and band democracy; on the three previous albums; lyric writing, on being interviewed; Peter Saville's album covers; drumming vs. drum machines, and relationships within the band. Singer/guitarist Bernard on his dissatisfaction with the new album; music after Joy Division; starting to write lyrics after Ian Curtis' death, and first hearing Iggy Pop and others courtesy of Curtis.

Stephen: File format: mp3; file size: 32.6mb, interview length: 33' 56" sound quality: *** Bernard: File format: mp3; file size: 30.1mb, interview length: 31' 20" sound quality: ***

New Order (1993)

Interview by Steven Daly, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1993

The Rashomon interview, in which Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and The Other Two — Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert — share their respective memories and offer their varying opinions on: touring the USA; recording new album Republic; their side projects Electronic and the Other Two; the chaos that was Factory Records; the Haçienda fiasco; Acid House, and their relationship with Manchester.

Bernard Sumner: File format: mp3; file size: 58.8mb, interview length: 1h 00' 54" sound quality: **½ (background noise) Peter Hook: File format: mp3; file size: 26.6mb, interview length: 29' 46" sound quality: **½ (background noise) The Other Two: File format: mp3; file size: 26.6mb, interview length: 42' 02" sound quality: ***

New Order (2001)

Interview by Simon Morrison, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2001

Hooky, Stephen and, later, Barney talk about new album Get Ready, and look back at the making of Republic; Manchester and the Haçienda; surviving business disasters; dance music, and the recording of 'Blue Monday'; 24 Hour Party People; clubbing in New York, and an hilarious dissection of Tears For Fears!

File format: mp3; file size: 28.7mb, interview length: 31' 19" sound quality: *****

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A Certain Ratio, New Order: Hurrah, New York NY

Live Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 11 October 1980

Factory whistle blows in New York ...

New Order: Heaven, London

Live Review by Mary Harron, The Guardian, 11 February 1981

FEW GROUPS have been faced with such a heavy burden of expectation as were New Order in their London debut. This is the group formed ...

New Order: Heaven, London

Live Review by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 14 February 1981


Rough Trade and Factory: Business Brains in Action!

Interview by Roy Trakin, New York Rocker, July 1981

Independent Thoughts From Rough Trade's Geoff Travis And Factory's Tony Wilson ...

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Report by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 1 October 1981

Merit Badges Goes To Dianaland ...

New Order: North London Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Leyla Sanai, New Musical Express, 30 January 1982


New Order: North London Polytechnic, London

Live Review by Lynden Barber, Melody Maker, 30 January 1982

FIRST THE RESOUNDING echo of the cumbersome mythology surrounding this group, then the subsequent, inevitable dismissals and sneers. Now, perhaps for the first time, it's ...

New Order: The Cinema, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Musician, February 1982

ON MAY 18, 1980 Ian Curtis, lead singer for a relatively obscure English rock band called Joy Division, hanged himself. This immediately made Joy Division, ...

New Order (For The Old Ceremony)

Report and Interview by Richard Grabel, Creem, June 1982

NEW YORK — The word had gone out through Ruth Polsky, the booking agent handling New Order's American tour. No interviews. They never do them. ...

New Order: Manifesto

Essay by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, 5 June 1982


FAC~T or Fiction

Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 12 June 1982

Dave McCullough corresponds with Factory boss TONY WILSON. ...

New Order

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, 31 March 1983

I'VE ALWAYS had this picture of New Order — four sombre, sensitive types permanently locked in a darkened studio arguing about the merits of their ...

New Order

Interview by Paul Rambali, The Face, July 1983

SOMEWHERE ON the southern outskirts of Manchester there is a graveyard. Next to the graveyard is a rehearsal room where the four members of New ...

Confusion Reigns as New Order Corrupt the USA

Report and Interview by Mick Middles, Sounds, 23 July 1983

THE WEEK THE image cracked. It's two days before New Order arrive in New York - and you can feel it. ...

When There's No More Room in Hell: New Order Prowl the New York Streets

Report and Interview by Chris Bohn, New Musical Express, 23 July 1983

In the three years since they emerged from the shadow of Joy Division, New Order have become the world's leading and most wilfully independent group. ...

New Order: Out Of Order

Report by Mick Middles, Sounds, 30 July 1983

"How I wish you were here with me now." – New Order, 'In A Lonely Place' ...

New Order: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 10 December 1983


New Order: We've Got This Far And We Can't Even Play!

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, 24 May 1984

So says New Order's Bernard Sumner. Dave Rimmer isn't saying anything. ...

New Order: Goldiggers, Chippenham

Live Review by Martin Aston, Melody Maker, 1 September 1984


New Order: TVOD

Interview by Bill Black, Sounds, 22 September 1984

MAYBE IT'S THE lamentably low profile Factory's finest otherwise adopt, but it's as if New Order chose August to explode onto a slumbering music scene. ...

New Order: Finsbury Park Sports Centre, London

Live Review by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 14 February 1985

HOW DO New Order get away with It? If Wham!, Spandau or Frankie stood up onstage wearing their everyday clothes and looking fairly bored, played ...

New Order: Low-Life (Factory)

Review by John Swenson, Spin, June 1985

"I find the popularity thing a bit hard to relate to." — New Order's Peter Hook. ...

New Order: Low-Life (Qwest)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, July 1985

AS JOY DIVISION, they ignited a trend of anguished confession that turned punk's Angry Young Men in Leather to post-punk's Sad Young Men in Analysis. ...

New Order: Low-Life (Qwest/Warner Bros.)

Review by Jon Young, Creem, September 1985

INTEGRITY OOZING from every tortured pore, England's New Order are not your usual mopesters. Although the breathy vocalizing and smooth synthesizing of Low-Life keep the ...

New Order: Out Of Order

Interview by Cath Carroll, New Musical Express, 16 November 1985

NEW ORDER'S ethereal movement away from Division and denial, through temptation and confusion, has finally arrived at the classical creations of Low-Life and the emotional ...

New Order: Shaming The Nation

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 11 January 1986

With last year's album Low-life, NEW ORDER finally laid the ghost of Joy Division and emerged as one of this nation's saving graces with a ...

New Order: Oxford

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, 12 April 1986

THE IMPERFECT kiss. Tonight I should have stayed at home and played with my pleasure zone. ...

New Order: Shock Of The New

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 12 April 1986

"You don't have to watch Dynasty to have an attitude" – Prince "I have no attitude without a cigarette" – Lou Reed "I wouldn't mind ...

New Order: All Aboard The Brothership

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, 6 September 1986

Not baited and not bearlike, NEW ORDER emerge from the shadow of past misunderstandings and smile benificently upon ROY WILKINSON. They manage to convey their ...

New Order: Brotherhood (Factory)

Review by Cath Carroll, New Musical Express, 27 September 1986


New Order, The Bodines: Verdun Auditorium, Montreal

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 13 December 1986


CDs: The Slipped Disc

Report by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 27 February 1987

Compact Disc has brought the second coming of The Beatles and the promise of a revolution in the rock industry. But is it a sound ...

New Order: Substance (Factory)

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 15 August 1987

WE CHUCK words at New Order. Words like funereal and ethereal and classical and awesome. ...

New Order at Wembley Arena

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, 19 December 1987

MOMENTS in love when love is not a three-ring circus but a fork-tongued serpent, when bliss rhymes with lice and diandry is a girl's best ...

New Order

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, January 1988

"WE GOT a letter last week," Peter Hook, the bearded and occasionally belligerent bass player, the one who answers all New Order fan mail, is ...

Arthur Baker: Legends of Arthur

Interview by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 9 January 1988

What do current chart hits by New Order and Wally Jump Junior have in common with a new House version of John Coltrane's masterpiece 'A ...

The Almighty New Order

Live Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 7 January 1989

New Order: G-Mex Centre, Manchester ...

New Order: Technique (Factory)

Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, 28 January 1989

IT BEGINS. IT THUMPS with glee, it swirls with lackadaisical intensity. "You're much too young to be a part of me, you're much too young ...

New Order: Praxis

Report and Interview by Paul Mathur, Blitz, February 1989

Over the last ten years, New Order have achieved an astonishing commercial success despite maintaining a personal profile so low as to be almost invisible. Anyone familiar ...

New Order: Technique (Quest) ★★★

Review by Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, 23 March 1989

NEW ORDER has regularly searched out trendy dance-music styles. Most recently, the quartet explored the musical scene of Europe's current hot spot, Ibiza, the Spanish ...

New Order: Technique (Qwest)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1989

TECHNIQUE IS not something most listeners associate with New Order. Sure, the band has made significant strides over the years, developing a sound far more ...

New Order: The Reading Festival

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Melody Maker, 9 September 1989

NEW ORDER have to be blinding, have to be gorgeous and maverick and wise, if we're to leave with any sense of napalm in our ...

Football Songs: The Final scores

Report by Martin Aston, The Independent, 16 May 1990

For this year's World Cup, England has its most sophisticated anthem ever. Martin Aston reports ...

New Order: Love Will Terrace Apart

Report by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 19 May 1990

Have a word, Ref! What's this — top disco situationists NEW ORDER in top "positive vibe" England World Cup squad anthem shock! A winning combination, ...

Anthony Wilson: Renaissance Manc

Interview by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 30 November 1991

FACTORY: aloof, elegant, misunderstood Mancunian home of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, possibly the coolest record label in the world — but there are ...

For Faç's Sake! 10 Years of the Haçienda

Retrospective and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, 23 May 1992

Few clubs can lay claim to changing the face of music, but THE HAÇIENDA certainly made it smile, giving fledgling acts like The Stone Roses, ...

Factory R.I.P.

Report by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 5 December 1992

FACTORY RECORDS, arguably the most influential record label of the Eighties, fell into the hands of the Receiver last week — after months of speculation ...

New Order: Smile

Interview by Stuart Maconie, Q, May 1993

BARNEY SUMNER slips snugly into line between his three chums. As one, they turn to face the camera. But Barney's face bears the pained expression ...

New Order: Republic (London)

Review by Simon Price, Melody Maker, 1 May 1993


New Order: Joyful division

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 12 May 1993

New Order have overcome the collapse of Factory Records and leapt into the charts with a number one album ...

Arthur Baker: Legend!

Interview by Kris Needs, Muzik, September 1996

In the beginning, there was ARTHUR BAKER. And without him, dance music wouldn't be what it is today. For starters, we wouldn't have had 'Planet ...

Arthur Baker: Baker Groove

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, 28 September 1996

This week Vibes hops across to the Emerald Isle to hook up with one of the founding fathers of modern dance, the fabulous ARTHUR BAKER ...

The Haçienda: Working on a Building of Love

Retrospective by John McCready, The Face, May 1997

It gives us such great joy to sayThat fifteen years ago todayA club was born — the HaçiendaA venue for the maddest bendersSo as you ...

New Order: Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 22 July 2001

"IT'S LIKE WE'VE never been away," says New Order's Bernard Sumner, and they haven't, really. ...

New Order: Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, October 2001

BY RIGHTS, they shouldn't be here at all. The acrimonious fallout from 1993's tempestuous Republic gouged a rift within New Order that seemed way beyond ...

24 Hour Party People: Faç Or Fiction?

Film/DVD/TV Review by David Dalton, Uncut, May 2002

Directed by Michael Winterbottom; Starring Steve Coogan, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, John Simm Opens April 5, Cert 15, 110 mins**** ...

New Order: Move Festival, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Uncut, September 2002

SINCE SETTING aside old bones of contention four years ago, New Order's Indian summer has seemed one long, breathless, last-skitter-of-the-dice party. ...

New Order: "We've had it large"

Profile and Interview by Ted Kessler, The Guardian, 22 November 2002

A five-year split, a suicide, financial ruin, heavy cocaine abuse... New Order have survived the lot – and they're nowhere near quitting. Ted Kessler meets ...

New Order: Retro

Review and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, January 2003

Four CDs of Mancunian magic from New Order's back pages, including cherry-picked album tracks, B-sides, rarities, remixes and live performances ...

New Order: Retro (London)

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, January 2003

4-CD stocking filler makes mischief with Mancunian pop visionaries' oft-compiled back catalogue. The 72-page booklet has band-written notes. ...

New Order: Off the Hook – The Peter Hook Interview

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Scotland on Sunday, 5 October 2008

Since his acrimonious split with New Order, Peter Hook has seldom been happier. Ahead of his memoir about the legendary Hacienda club, the pirate captain ...

New Order: Movement/Power, Corruption & Lies/Low-Life/Brotherhood/Technique (Rhino)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Q, November 2008

From the ashes of Joy Division rose a phoenix fusing indie rock and dance music to create the perfect soundtrack for a decade striped by ...

New Order: The Making Of 'Blue Monday'

Retrospective and Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, December 2008

A stone classic, for sure, but the best-selling 12" of all time was a bastard to play live and lost money on first release. "We ...

New Order: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 27 April 2012

New Order, on terrific form at the Apollo in Manchester embarking on their first UK tour in six years, didn't seem to miss bassist Peter ...

New Order: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, May 6, 2012

Live Review by Graeme Thomson, Uncut, July 2012

The bassist might be playing Hooky, but the technique remains impeccable... "WHERE'S HOOKY?" It takes only two songs for the Edinburgh crowd to raise the spectre ...

Lost Years in Original Modernity? On Listening to New Order's Lost Sirens

Retrospective by Steve Redhead, Rock's Backpages, March 2013

THIRTY SEVEN Year Party People! Since Ian Curtis, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook began playing regularly as Joy Division in 1978, that's effectively ...

Peter Hook & The Light Bring New Order to Life. His Way.

Interview by Jim Sullivan,, 10 September 2013

"TO BE in one band that changed the world musically is pretty good; but to be in two bands that changed the world musically, that's ...

The Persistence of Punk: X, Nick Cave and New Order live in L.A.

Live Review by Roy Trakin, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2014

IT WILL BE 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's Horses, on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the ...

Peter Hook: Substance – Inside New Order

Book Review by Andy Beckett, The Guardian, 5 October 2016

The band's bassist gives full details of drugs, groupies and excesses on tour, but his account of New Order's voyage to becoming a pop institution ...

Why New Order's football song 'World in Motion' was a game-changer

Retrospective and Interview by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 13 June 2018

In 1990, English football wasn't cool – and English football songs certainly weren't. New Order's shambolic, ecstasy-tinged World Cup hit was the first sign everything was about ...

New Order: Harbourside Amphitheatre, Bristol

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 22 July 2019

AFTER A VERY long wait, Bristol was rewarded with two legendary bands for the price of one when New Order played their first show in ...

see also Electronic

see also Joy Division

see also Monaco


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