Trivia / New Order

  • Ascended Fanboy: They were huge Iggy Pop Fans, especially during their Joy Division years. Here is Bernard Sumner playing with Iggy Pop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf2l9fujhco
    • On the other side, Brandon Flowers named his band after the fake band in "Crystal". Not only has he had the opportunity to duet with Bernard o the song whenever either of them is in the area of the other band's shows, Brandon appears on Superheated from Music Complete.
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Confusion", a disco-style 1983 single made with Arthur Baker in New York, tends to be forgotten (though it sold well in the UK off the back of "Blue Monday"), but it turned up in a documentary on Factory Records illustrating the band's shift from post-punk to dance music, and was used in the 1996 film Trainspotting
    • It's also remembered as being one of the rare times Gillian provides any vocals.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: "Touched by the Hand of God" is much better known than the movie it was written for, Salvation!.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Blue Monday". In the U.S. it was "True Faith" and Substance, even though "Blue Monday" is still their Signature Song on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Completely Different Title: In Japanese:
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Bernard Sumner doesn't like their first album, Movement, very much. He considers the band's performance on the album—especially his own—as a pale imitation of their previous work as Joy Division and a disservice to Ian Curtis's memory.
    • The band hasn't played anything from Technique live since the early '90s.
  • Creator Couple: Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris. They recorded an album as The Other Two.
  • Creator Killer: The band helped kill Factory Records by taking too long to record a follow-up to Technique.
  • Executive Meddling: Tony Wilson chose "Round & Round" as the second single from Technique over the wishes of the band, who wanted "Vanishing Point" instead. The song was a Take That against Tony Wilson, ironically. Notably they stuck "Vanishing Point" on their greatest hits album anyway.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The full-length, 18 minute long version of Elegia, which was one of the first major holy grails to surface online via peer-to-peer file sharing programs.
    • The 1981 Glastonbury performance, tantalizingly hinted at with three tracks ("The Him" "Senses" and "Procession" all with Bernard Sumner so completely off his head he falls over during one song) as a DVD extra.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Fans and critics agree that Technique is the band's best album, but the band hasn't played any of its songs live since the early '90s.
  • One of Us:
    • Stephen Morris is a major Doctor Who fan, and also collects and paints various plastic models of World War II vehicles and planes. Unlike the average model collector, however, he also collects actual tanks. He also usually has a fleet of Apple Macintosh computers surrounding him in publicity photos and interviews.
    • Bernard Sumner, an electronics hobbyist, built the band's first synthesizer.
  • Reclusive Artist: The band refused to give interviews for a long time, though this was only so they didn't have to discuss Ian Curtis.
  • Throw It In:
    • Bernard Sumner cracks up on the line "I think you are a pig/you should be in a zoo" on "Every Little Counts." It's also a Crowning Moment of Funny.
    • Gillian Gilbert hit a button on a sequencer at the wrong time whilst recording "Blue Monday," resulting in some parts being out of sync (the sequencer is the one playing the very first riff that comes in after the bass drum introduction). The band decided that they liked its off-kilter feel and released it that way.
  • What Could Have Been: Stephen Morris was considered as the lead singer after Ian Curtis' death, and he sang on a few of the band's early demos. If the band had gone with him instead of Bernard Sumner, New Order would likely still be a three-piece. Gillian Gilbert was brought in because Sumner had difficulty singing and playing guitar at the same time.

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