New Order - at Glastonbury 1987
New Order – From the ashes of Joy Division, a wildly influential mash-up.

New Order – live At Glastonbury 1987 – BBC Radio 1 – In Concert – BBC Radio

New Order this weekend. One of the most influential post-punk/Electronic Dance Music bands of the 1980s, in concert at the fabled Glastonbury Festival in 1987.

Formed from the ashes of Joy Division, another influential band which dissolved after the suicide death of singer/co-founder Ian Curtis, the remaining members formed a new alliance in 1980 and New Order was born.

Hitting on the idea of combining Post-Punk with the newly hatched Electronic Dance Music, New Order came up with idea to merge those two musical ideas, and New Order’s magic formula was born.

And it was successful, and it became the prototype for many bands who followed in their footsteps. But it also caused an evolution in EDM, which bears little resemblance of Electronic Dance Music today, but which was in its formative stages in the early 1980s.

Their sound was vastly different from that of Joy Division. They became the flagship band of the new label Factory Records and their 1983 hit Blue Monday became the biggest selling 12-inch disc in history. It also became a prime example of just how much the band’s sound had evolved since they got started.

Tonight’s concert features the band during their most influential period and gives a clear reason why they were pioneers in a new sound during the 1980s.

The band broke up in 1993, but reunited in 1998 before breaking up again in 2007. They reunited in 2011 and have been together ever since, despite a few personnel changes here and there.

Joy Division had been known as a band of deeply brooding lyrics and musical sentiment. The transformation into New Order and the increasingly upbeat and electronic sound they were developing made them a critical as well as audience favorite. Maybe you remember them during this period – if not, here’s a chance to become acquainted with one of the bands who changed the landscape in a truly eclectic decade.

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