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New Order — Blue Monday
Album: Power, Corruption & Lies
Avg rating:
7.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 2771









Released: 1983
Length: 7:17
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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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 alexandersmcmillan wrote:

I was born in 1984. I'll cite my dislike for this song to it being before my time.


Some of us have a quarter of a century head start...

Sorry you missed it, friend.
So much love for this. Makes me think a lot of you liked the 1980s.
This song helped form my musical tastes when I was a teen.  Great song!
As perfect as it gets, really - 10
Great Tune!!!  Brings back memories!
 cob427uk1 wrote:
Need to dig out the 12" and give it a spin at high volume when the misses is out.  Managed to kill some tropical fish in the past by playing music too loud but thankfully the tank is long gone  



Too Funny!!! 
Need to dig out the 12" and give it a spin at high volume when the misses is out.  Managed to kill some tropical fish in the past by playing music too loud but thankfully the tank is long gone  
 Egctheow wrote:



Same here, but I'm in the kitchen and just bumped into the fridge!



Same here, but in the office into a desk.
GREAT!!! Brings back memories!
 newbolddrive wrote:

Fed Hall, University of Waterloo, 1985


Nay. The Bullring, University of Guelph, 1985
This song REQUIRES some enormous bass drivers....
I was at an 80's club night recently, and this song came on and the place went crazy. The club was full of twentysomethings who were not even born when it was released. Of all the songs they played, this one has staying power, 30 years later. Good job, New Order, you made a classic.
They influenced and inspired so many, with wild electronica, even more wildly imaginative percussion, and futuristic vocal stylings!
EXCELLENT!
80s in one song
 brookap wrote:

10 in 1983.
Thirty six years later: 10.



... and that was two years ago....
Thought this was "dead or alive - you spin me round" when hearing the intro. That song is obviously a clear rip of this - being released 2 years later.
Great use of this song in a commercial (sorry can't find the 30 second version)https://youtu.be/dYo4ETQe71c
 SmackDaddy wrote:


Not that there's any comparison



It doesn't need to be comparable - this is RP, eclectic.
 bviner wrote:

So this, but no Gang Of Four? Come on RP.



Not that there's any comparison
 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.




If this is one of the first times you don't understand the negativity on RP you're not paying attention.
Was I again a noise?” – “You were indeed” • messagestorudy: lone-wolfgang:  80s goths ...
Come on RP add your silent face to playlist. Great track
takes me back.... still sounds good, over 3 decades later, dang I'm old
So this, but no Gang Of Four? Come on RP.
 lewisv66 wrote:


Absolutely. I was 16 and more into punk when this was released, and I hated other dance music at the time but right from the start I recognised something in this one and loved it even then.  


I BELIVE ITS AN 11
 brookap wrote:

10 in 1983.
Thirty six years later: 10.



Absolutely. I was 16 and more into punk when this was released, and I hated other dance music at the time but right from the start I recognised something in this one and loved it even then.  
Love New Order!!! Thanks BillG

That's it!
Jawoi! Musik für die Ewigkeit!
Vol turned to MAX.  pxd
 vstg005 wrote:
This song is appropriate for working while socially distancing from COVID-19 
 And dance like there's nobody watching!!!!

 brookap wrote:
10 in 1983.
Thirty six years later: 10.
 I know I probably shouldn't admit this but, I always thought this was a well produced track.  Really a "toe tapper"!!! And, I agree with your rating, shy of the fact that nothing earthly is God like. ✌️

Stone cold classic
"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"

— New Order, Blue Monday
I've only come to realise quite recently that club DJs would turn up the bass on the start because it just doesn't sound the same on every mix I've heard since.
11 times in the last 30 days in the rock mix?  I wouldn't think that this even belongs in the rock mix at all...
watch
www.youtube.com/results?search_query=orkestra+obsolete+blue+monday
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.
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