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"Blue Monday" is a dance pop song recorded and released as a single in 1983 by British band New Order.

Influence of Dirty Talk

According to Bernard Sumner, Blue Monday was influenced by four songs: the intro bass/drum arrangement came from Dirty Talk, by Klein and MBO; the second part bass/drum came from Sylvester's You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real); the verses (including synth riff under the vocals), from Our Love by Donna Summer; the long keyboard pad on the intro, from Kraftwerk's Radioactivity. Blue Monday's choir sound was sampled from the Kraftwerk song Uranium, from the Radio-Activity album.

Video clip

There was no official video clip for the original version of Blue Monday. The music video for "Blue Monday '88" (a re-recording of the song, shortened by several minutes and featuring added vocal effects) appears on the Substance video collection released as a companion to the album of the same name. It features sketches by photographer William Wegman and his Weimaraner dog named Fay Ray doing balancing acts intercut with hand-drawn animation by Robert Breer. The band members are shown standing around doing various tasks, such as walking a wooden plank over a floor that is painted blue, holding wire-mesh constructed art and milk crates over their faces, being hit by tennis balls, and standing still while they flip through various flip books (tying into the hand-drawn animation sequences).



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