Monday, March 10, 2014

New Wave Song of the Day - Blue Monday _ New Order

I've been looking forward to posting this one ever since I announced New Wave Month a little over a week ago.  New Order was one of several successful new wave bands to come out of Britain during the 80's, along with the likes of Erasure, Bronski Beat, Duran Duran, Madness, Culture Club, and so many more. This song was one of their biggest, and enduring hits, whose first version came as a single way back in 1983.  The tune resonated with music lovers and the tune was re-released in 1985 and then again in 1995.

Blue Monday also appeared on the band's 1987 classic album Substance, which contained two other big hits, and great songs, for the group (Bizarre Love Triangle and True Faith). This track, however was my favorite of the three, though it took me years to find out it's name (No kids, we didn't have Shazam in those days.).  The thumping of the bass throughout and the ominous musical accompaniment, combined with the dark lyrics made this one a staple of the late-night dance floor.

Have a Blue Monday everybody!

Blue Monday

How does it feel
To treat me like you do
When you've laid laid your hands upon me
And told me who you are

I thought I was mistaken
I thought I heard your words
Tell me how do I feel
Tell me now how do I feel

Those who came before me
Lived through their vocations
From the past until completion
They will turn away no more

And I still find it so hard
To say what I need to say
But I'm quite sure that you'll tell me
Just how I should feel today

I see a ship in the harbor
I can and shall obey
But if it wasn't for your misfortunes
I'd be a heavenly person today

And I thought I was mistaken
And I thought I heard you speak
Tell me how do I feel
Tell me now how should I feel

Now I stand here waiting

I thought I told you to leave me
While I walked down to the beach
Tell me how does it feel
When your heart grows cold
(grows cold, grows cold, grows cold)


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  2. I looooove this song too. I remember it being used in a beer commercial when I was in high school, and strangely it was also reworked by the band for a Sunkist commercial!! Here is a link to a clip about that:

  3. Aw Ken, I didn't even remember that beer commercial or the Sunkist one. Hmm!