New Order Biography

New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980. The band currently consists of Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman. The band was formed in 1980 by Sumner (vocals, guitars, keyboards and synthesisers), Peter Hook (bass and vocals) and Morris (drums, electronic drums, keyboards and synthesisers) - the remaining members of Joy Division, following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis - with the addition of Gilbert (keyboards, synthesisers and guitars).

By combining post-punk and electronic dance music, New Order became one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 1980s. Though the band's early years were shadowed by the legacy and basic sound of Joy Division, their experience of the early 1980s New York City club scene increased their knowledge of dance music and helped them incorporate elements of that style into their work. The band's 1983 hit "Blue Monday", the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, is one example of how the band transformed their sound.

New Order were the flagship band for Manchester-based independent record label Factory Records. Their minimalist album sleeves and "non-image" (the band rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores) reflected the label's aesthetic of doing whatever the relevant parties wanted to do, including an aversion to including singles as album tracks.

In 1993 the band broke up amidst tension between the band members, but reformed in 1998. In 2001, Cunningham (guitars, keyboards and synthesisers) replaced Gilbert, who left the group due to family commitments. In 2007, Peter Hook left the band and the band broke up again, with Sumner stating in 2009 that he no longer wishes to make music as New Order. The band reunited in 2011 without Hook, with Gilbert returning to the fold and Chapman replacing Hook on bass. During the band's career and in between lengthy breaks, band members have been involved in several solo projects, such as Sumner's Electronic and Bad Lieutenant; Hook's Monaco and Revenge and Gilbert and Morris' The Other Two. Cunningham was previously a member of Marion and with Sumner and Chapman was a member of Bad Lieutenant.

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New Order's Bernard Sumner reveals details of his autobiography

Frontman's memoirs 'Chapter And Verse' will be published in September

  • Jul 9, 2014

New Order unveil new song 'Plastic' live in Chicago

The band debuted their second new song of the year at the Aragon Ballroom

  • Jul 2, 2014

New Order play untitled new song during Lollapalooza set – watch

Band play first new song in nine years during gig in Chile

  • Mar 31, 2014

Peter Hook calls Bernard Sumner a 'twatto' for touring New Order's greatest hits

Hook added that she should have 'put his foot down' when it came to playing the hits with his old act

  • Mar 4, 2014

New Order's Bernard Sumner to continue touring despite fracturing his leg

Frontman sustains injury but vows to fullfil US tour commitments

  • Jul 30, 2013

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World (Price Of Love) [S. Hauger Radio Edit Remix]

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New Order Reviews

New Order - 'Lost Sirens'

New Order - 'Lost Sirens'

It’d be a shame if this was really the original New Order’s last word

  • Jan 18, 2013

New Order: Singles

Two discs of NME-approved Godlike Genius

  • Sep 28, 2005

New Order: Waiting For The Siren's Call

The return of the giants

  • Sep 19, 2005

New Order : Waiting For The Sirens’ Call

NME's Godlike Geniuses prove to be a huge influence… on themselves

  • Apr 7, 2005

New Order : Retro

Perverse old bastards

  • Dec 19, 2002

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