NEW ORDER WIN NME GODLIKE GENIUS

And play a few cracking songs for us too…

NEW ORDER have been crowned GODLIKE GENIUSES at this year’s SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS.

Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris were present to collect their award which not only celebrates their own constantly innovative and exciting approach to music, but also the influence the Manchester band have had on acts across the musical spectrum.

Formed in 1976 as Warsaw, with original singer Ian Curtis the band quickly became Joy Division, and though their recorded output was extremely limited their brutal and challenging post punk left a distinctive and lasting impression.

Evolving into New Order after Curtis’ suicide in 1980, the band were pioneers and delivered a series of anthems including ’Blue Monday’, ’Truth Faith’ and ’Ceremony’ that have being embraced as lasting classics in both the dance and rock circles, with bands including Franz Ferdinand, Chemical Brothers, Interpol, The Killers and The Bravery citing them as an important influence.

Accepting their God Like Genius award singer Bernard Sumner said: “I’d like to thank the rest of the band for putting up with my ego.”

Bassist Peter Hook also thanked the late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.

Sumner added: “Thank you everyone and we are honoured to get this award. I’d like to thank NME – the NME helped us out when we were just starting out and twenty years old.”

New Order then took to the stage to play a four song live set which featured ‘Crystal’ (dedicated to The Killers), new single ‘Krafty’, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ and ’Blue Monday’.