New Order (band)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
New Order melded post-punk and electronic dance, and became one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 1980s. Though the band was shadowed by Joy Division in their first years, their immersion in the New York City dance scene of the early 1980s introduced them to dance music. The band's 1983 hit "Blue Monday", saw them fully embrace dance music and synthesized instruments, and has been described as the best-selling 12" single of all time. New Order was the flagship band for Factory Records, and their minimalist album sleeves and non-image reflected the label's aesthetic. The band has often been acclaimed by fans, critics and other musicians as a highly influential force in the alternative rock and dance music scenes over the past 25 years.