New Order: "How Does It Feel..." To Be 30?

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New Order: "How Does It Feel..." To Be 30?

Put on your dancing shoes, New Order's "Blue Monday" is 30 years young today.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT "BLUE MONDAY"

Clocking nearly seven-and-a-half minutes, "Blue Monday" is one of the longest tracks ever to chart.

According to Bernard Sumner, "Blue Monday" was influenced by four songs: "Dirty Talk", by Klein + M.B.O.; Sylvester's disco classic, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"; Donna Summer's "Our Love"; and Kraftwerk's "Uranium."

The artwork was designed to resemble a floppy disk. The sleeve does not display either the group name nor song title anywhere; the only text on the sleeve is "FAC SEVENTY THREE" on the spine. "FAC 73 BLUE MONDAY AND THE BEACH NEW ORDER" is represented in code by a series of coloured blocks.

Alternative metal band Orgy covered "Blue Monday" in 1998.

3 music videos have been made for the popular track. Check out this one for the Quincy Jones and John Potoker remixed version entitled "Blue Monday 88":