New Order | Singles | 8/10
New Order aren’t exactly known for their business acumen – famously, the original ‘Blue Monday’ sleeve cost so much to produce, the record company lost money on each copy sold; their Haçienda nightclub was a moneypit for 15 years. Or their interpersonal harmony – “Bernard’s a twat and he always has been,” estranged bassist Peter Hook has said of the band’s frontman.
But there’s no denying their continued musical influence and – on 2015’s stellar ‘Music Complete’ – relevance. So, even though record company machinations mean last year’s hits ‘Restless’ and ‘Tutti Frutti’ are missing from this collection, ‘Singles’ is a masterclass in evolution. Continue reading New Order: Here to stay