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7. New Order

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With our sixth selection we had a bit of an internal debate. We were very tempted to merge the work of Joy Division and New Order to form one entry. There is a precedent for this as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame collectively inducted Parliament and Funkadelic but unlike the aforementioned Funk outfits, New Order began when Joy Division ended and their sounds were different enough to illicit separate entries.

Had Joy Division front man, Ian Curtis not have committed suicide, it is doubtful that New Order would have ever existed. Following that tragic loss, the remaining members formed a new band which to the surprise of many; was able to eclipse the success of its previous group and establish its place as one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 1980’s. What New Order was able to accomplish was merge the Post Punk movement with Dance and Synth Pop which hadn’t been done before.  In 1983 they released the single, Blue Monday, which remains the highest selling 12 inch of all time; a song that could arguably be called one of the most important of the 80’s. They certainly have the history, the influence, the critical acclaim and talent to be Hall worthy. If an electronic driven band is to get in the Hall, New Order could be its best shot.

New Order



The Bullet Points:


Previous Rank:

2010: #5


Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

United Kingdom (Manchester, England)


Why They Will Get In:

One of the key players in the 80’s alt scene and has a secured spot in music history.


Why They Won’t Get In:

A vote for New Order does not induct Ian Curtis.


Nominated In:



Essential Albums:

Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)

Lowlife (1985)

Brotherhood (1986)

Republic (1993)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

Blue Monday (Single, 1983)

Age of Consent (From Power, Corruption & Lies, 1983)

Thieves Like Us (Single, 1984)

Bizarre Love Triangle (From Brotherhood, 1986)

Round & Round (From Technique, 1989)






Should New Order be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 35.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 35.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8.8%
No opinion. - 5.9%
No way! - 14.7%
Last modified on Friday, 16 January 2015 10:05

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0 #11 BobN 2015-03-18 09:13
Both Joy Division and New Order deserve to be in, but separately NOT jointly. There music and their influences are different and important in their own right. Lumping them together is an injustice!

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