Today is ‘Blue Monday’ (no, really), so here are 10 covers of the New Order classic, ranging from fairly tolerable to absolute shit
However, to certain people, the mere mention of “Blue Monday” brings a smile to their faces and elicits warm, fuzzy thoughts of one of the finest pop songs of the 20th century. Now, since we’ve all heard New Order’s legendary 1983 synth-pop anthem pretty much a gazillion times, give or take, since its release (and re-boot in 1988), we wanted to shift our attention away from the originators and onto the poor souls who have tried to cover it with any bit of self-respect and decency. Some succeeded, others failed miserably.
Here are 10 covers of “Blue Monday” ranging from decent to dogshit. We’ll spare you the drama; Orgy’s rightfully down there at the bottom.
Hannah Peel not embarrassing herself out in Leeds, despite opening her live set with it.
A different look entirely from 2002, with relaxing, female vocals.
We still don’t understand how the Good Natured isn’t mega-famous by now.
Some mento action from Jamaica that’s actually pretty OK. In fact, this is rather great.
[hr] Handmade instruments give Buke & Gas a sound all their own, even when it’s very familiar.[hr] Chilled out acoustic number perfect for lighting that spliff and pretending Hooky never left. [hr] Los Fulanos giving it the soul treatment and breathing into it a remarkable new life. For about a minute or so… [hr] Here’s Nada Surf covering the second-most “Popular” song of all time. [hr] One of possibly a half-trillion EBM/darkwave covers roaming the digital streets asking how it feels. Spoiler alert: It feels the same. [hr] Jesus fuck, has anyone ever figured out how this was allowed to happen?