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Day 23 — a song that I wanted at my wedding

Blue Monday sleeve

The Becster and I compiled our own playlist for our wedding, largely a mixture of disco floor-fillers and cheesy pop. There was only one song I absolutely insisted upon.

The best-selling 12-inch single of all time, a sleeve that initially cost more to make than the price of the record, a groundbreaking live Top of the Pops appearance — landmarks a-plenty but none do justice to the sheer wonder of this record.

When it was released in 1983 we didn’t know what to make of it. A dance record that indie kids loved. The world would never be the same. This was the record that made it cool to dance. And it’s still brilliant, electronic perfection.

This is a rip from the day-one vinyl release, notable for the absence of the two single drum beats at the beginning that appeared on subsequent pressings and releases.

New Order :: Blue Monday

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