18th May – The Number One Album in the UK – 1993 (New Order – Republic)

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New Order formed in 1980 from the remaining members of Joy Division – Peter Hook (bass, vocals), Stephen Morris (drums, electronic drums, keyboards & synthesisers) & Bernard Sumner (vocals, guitars, keyboards & synthesisers) adding Gillian Gilbert (keyboards & synthesisers, guitars) following vocalist Ian Curtis’ suicide.

Throughout New Order’s illustrious career, a number of influential albums were released starting with their funereal debut Movement in 1981, the dance-rock hybrid of Power, Corruption & Lies, the synthesised & sequenced Low-Life, the emotive songwriting on Brotherhood, through to the striking production on Technique in 1989, the studio precursor to Republic.

A musical turning point for the band where synthesizers and sequencers were brought to the fore – inspired from the electro beats from the New York underground to pioneers Kraftwerk – appeared with the release of their third single Everything’s Gone Green in December 1981.

This direction continued and progressed with the stand-alone single Temptation in May 1982.

The following twelve months were an incredibly fertile and creative period for New Order – which saw the release of the anthemic single Blue Monday, becoming the best-selling independent 12-inch of all time in the UK, and curiously was not included on the subsequent Power, Corruption & Lies album released in May 1983 [though it was included on the cassette format in countries such as Australia & New Zealand].

The band continued on their path of inventive and innovative work with the Confusion single (released  August 1983, unique for having both Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook playing bass guitars; with the track being produced by influential New York DJ Arthur Baker who just had a hit in the summer of 1982 where he had produced the Planet Rock single for Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force which combined elements from Kraftwerk tracks Trans Europe Express & Numbers.

The ensuing years saw the continuing ascension of New Order as one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s and beyond.

1990 saw New Order record the official song of World Cup campaign for the England national football team, World in Motion which went on to become a Number One hit in the UK.

1992 saw New Order reunite with producer Stephen Hague {True Faith, 1963, Round & Round, World in Motion} for the Republic album recording sessions; Hague’s production credits ranged from Rock Steady Crew, Malcolm McLaren, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Pet Shop Boys.

The sessions took place at Real World studios, a residential recording studio in Box, England a village with a population less than 4 000, which had been founded by Peter Gabriel from Genesis; and RAK a studio near Regents Park in central London, founded by Mickie Most, a renowned and successful English record producer.

The end result was an album of prime and sublime alternative guitar/electronic pop.

The band’s ever growing popularity and broad appeal was reflected in the impact that the 4 singles – Regret, Ruined in a Day, World & Spooky – from the Republic album had on charts around the world ranging from Modern Rock to Dance and Club.

New Order. Influential. Innovators.

A legacy standing the test of time.

Studio Album Discography – 1980 – 1993:

Movement  – debut album released 13 November 1981 – Label: Factory (FACT 50)

Power, Corruption & Lies – released 2nd May 1983 – Label: Factory (FACT 75)

Low-Life – released 13th May 1985 – Label: Factory (FACT 100)

Brotherhood – released 29th September 1986 – Label: Factory (FACT 150),

Technique – released 30th January 1989 – Label: Factory (FACT 275),

Republic – released 3rd May 1993 – Label: Centredate/London

Republic – Track Listing:

Side One:

Regret

World

Ruined in a Day

Spooky

Everyone Everywhere

Side Two:

Young Offender

Liar

Chemical

Times Change

Special

Avalanche

All songs written & composed by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Hague.

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