WATCH: New Order Share Official Lyric Video for EVERYTHING'S GONE GREEN
New Order has released a new lyric video for the band's third single, "Everything's Gone Green," originally released in December 1981. Watch it below.
Back in the year 1981, New Order was still processing the tragic events that lead up to their formation: the suicide of Joy Division singer, Ian Curtis, in May 1980. With the remaining members joining with keyboardist Gillian Gilbert to form New Order, the group's first forays into new music existed under the looming shadow of Curtis' memory.
"People didn't want us to forget about Joy Division. That's what we were trying to do," bassist Peter Hook recalled to NME years later. "We could have grieved for Ian for six months – we could have grieved for a year – but we thought that we would lose everything. As you get older, you realize that you didn't have to rush."
The official release of "Everything's Gone Green" in December '81 followed an edit of the track first appearing as a b-side of New Order's second single, "Procession." It was during this era that the group began to make a decided break from their recent past.
"It was really when Joy Division fans didn't like what we were doing, like with 'Everything's Gone Green' and 'Temptation' that we knew we'd hit on something," recalled drummer Stephen Morris.
Gilbert concurs with Morris' sentiment: "That's when we knew what we really wanted it to sound like. We then wanted to move it along in our own way rather than how a producer might want to. We were left alone and came up with our own sound. We went to live in London to record, which we'd never done before and meant we could concentrate more because we were in our own little world," she said.