How New Order Brought Together Donna Summer, Kraftwerk, and Ennio Morricone to Make Blue Monday #MusicMonday

Art historians like to look at paintings and talk about their influences. No great painting ever painted could have been painted without all the paintings that influenced the painter. Art is also the history of art. The same is true of pop songs. New Order’s Blue Monday in particular sits is what George Lucas might call a vergence in music. Here’s more from Produce Like A Pro:

While the sonic shift seemed to be a drastic change, there are several lines of influence that can be drawn between the track and the band’s earlier work. The impact of a band like Kraftwerk on New Order should come as no surprise; however, it was actually Ian Curtis who introduced the electronic music pioneers to his bandmates. As Hook explained:

“My earliest memory of Kraftwerk was being given an LP by Ian Curtis. He gave me ‘Autobahn’ and then later ‘Trans Europe Express’. I was absolutely mesmerised by both. Ian suggested that every time Joy Division go on stage, we should do so to ‘Trans Europe Express’. We did that from our first show, until nearly our last […] Joy Division were very tied to Kraftwerk, but it wasn’t until we got to New Order and were able to afford the toys that our primary source of inspiration became, ‘Let’s rip off Kraftwerk’. Their music was beguilingly simple, but impossible to replicate.”

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