Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk unit Joy Division, New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most acclaimed bands of the 1980s; embracing the electronic textures and disco rhythms of the underground club culture many years in advance of its contemporaries, the group's pioneering fusion of new wave aesthetics and dance music successfully bridged the gap between the two worlds, creating a distinctively thoughtful and oblique brand of synth pop appealing equally to the mind, body, and soul. The band's first releases were cold and sometimes abrasive as they struggled to come to grips with Ian Curtis' death. As their confidence and willingness to explore new sounds grew, their records became poppier and more accessible. Singles like 1983's "Blue Monday" and 1985's "The Perfect Kiss" established them as ...
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