Eight Days A Week: New Order

Of all the evergreen subjects covered by rock ‘n’ roll (girls, street fightin’, cruisin’, California, love, god), the days of the week hold their own in terms of the sheer number of good songs meant to fete the seven that exist. (Plus the weekend, of course: whether we’re livin’ for it, workin’ for it or taking a Tuesday point of view of it.) MAGNET’s Corey duBrowa presents the best songs written about each day of the week.

neworder350b:: MONDAY: New Order’s “Blue Monday” (1983)
From their signature squelchy synth programs and lead bass riff to their oft-sampled electronic drum fill, the artists formerly known as Joy Division busted loose with this seven-plus-minute track back, inadvertently creating the best-selling 12-inch single of all time in the process. What New Order created was a Saturday-night ode to the darkest depths of Monday and hearts growing cold—just ask anyone who partook of the Big Eighties nightclub scene whether they shook their groove thing to this track back in the day. The accompanying video (part Weimaraners losing their shit in a Keith Haring painting, part “Genius Of Love” redux) is the visual backdrop for a song supposedly inspired by such past-their-sell-by-date disco hits as Donna Summer’s “Our Love” and Sylvester’s classic “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).” Wanna know where Madchester came from? Start here.

“Blue Monday”:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

This entry was posted in EIGHT DAYS A WEEK. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.


  1. Matt H.
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    What about “I Don’t Like Mondays”?

  2. Nicolee
    Posted March 22, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Not sure where the Keith Haring business comes into it, but if it has Weimaraners in it, it’s more than likely associated with William Wegman. I watched the video and saw no overt-Haring style represented.
    But, kudos on the song selections.