I was talking about this with my cousin a while back, and I meant to post it then, but somehow it escaped my mind. The other day, I saw a post that was gushing about New Order and that reminded me, so here I am. So, everyone knows the song, Blue Monday, right? I mean, even if you're a person who only listens to the radio or whatever your friends push your way...you still know this song. Whenever I would listen to some random countdown thingy on the radio, either Blue Monday or (The Smiths') How Soon Is Now? would finish first. If one was number one, the other would be number two. That's the way it always worked.
So I guess my question is; what makes Blue Monday such a classic? Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great song; I'm not trying to be flippant here. I'm just wondering. The lyrics are okay, I think. Sometimes the music sounds dated when I listen to it; other times it sounds fresh and exciting. And that drumbeat. EVERYBODY knows it. It's like a fucking machine gun; rat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat-a-tat. You're in a club, the song starts up and you hear those beats; you, and everyone else in the room, instantly know what song it is.
I was thinking (and that may be my problem); if you actually met someone who didn't know this song and tried to convince them that it's worthy of its classic status, how would you say it? What words would you choose? When my cousin and I were discussing it, we tried but never really came to any definitive conclusion. Perhaps someone who reads this would be able to. Please comment, I am very interested!
Oh yeah, that pic up there; that was my first New Order experience. At that time, I had heard the name and maybe a few songs here or there, but I wasn't very familiar with them. This guy I worked with was into all three of those bands and organized a bunch of us to go to the show. So yeah, that's how I first became acquainted with New Order.
New Order > Blue Monday