New Order ‎– Blue Monday

Label:
Factory ‎– FAC 73
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single
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Tracklist

A Blue Monday 7:29
B The Beach 7:19

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Published by B Music 1983.
A Factory Record.

First edition. Later UK editions can have a die-cut cover with thin matte black inner sleeve, or a die-cut cover with thick glossy black inner sleeve, or a plain black with just the colour coding and different inner sleeves.

The coloured strip is not random - it spells out the Catalog#, band name and both song titles.
The back cover of "Power, Corruption and Lies" has the same colour coding, done with the alphabet (a decoder ring).

First pressing: 60.000 copies (30.000 pre-sales).
Initial A1/B1 pressings are characterised by a heavy and opaque vinyl. Runout space is 0,35 inches. The first edition thick silver inner sleeve has straight top corners.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 1): FAC-73-A-1 MT.1 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 1): FAC-73-B-1 MT.1 Strawberry Ho.El + Tel!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 2): FAC-73-A-1 MT.1 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 2): FAC-73-B-1 MT.3 Strawberry Ho.El + Tel!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 3): FAC-73-A-1 MT.3 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 3): FAC-73-B-1 MT.3 Strawberry Ho.El + Tel!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 4): FAC-73-A-1 MT.4 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 4): FAC-73-B-1 MT.6 G2 Strawberry Ho.El+Tel!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 5): FAC-73-A-1 MT.-5 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 5): FAC-73-B-1 MT.6 G2 Strawberry Ho, El + Tel!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 6): FAC-73-A-1 MT.6 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 6): FAC-73-B-1 MT.6 G2 Strawberry Ho, El + Tel!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 7): FAC-73-A-1 MT.6 G2 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 7): FAC-73-B-1 MT.2 Ho.El+Tel! G3 Strawberry
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 8): FAC-73-A-1 MT.1 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 8): FAC-73-B-1 MT.4 Strawberry Ho.El + Tel!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 9): FAC-73-A-1 MT.-5 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 9): FAC-73-B-1 MT.2 Ho.El+Tel! Strawberry
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 10): FAC-73-A-1 MT.4 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 10): FAC-73-B-1 MT.5 Ho,El+Tel! Strawberry
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 11): FAC-73-A-1 MT.1 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 11): FAC-73-B-1 MT.6 Ho.El + Tel! G2 Strawberry
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 12): FAC-73-A-1 MT.4 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 12): FAC-73-B-1 MT.2 Ho.El+Tel! Strawberry
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 13): FAC-73-A-1 MT.1 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 13): FAC-73-B-1 MT.2 Ho.El+Tel! Strawberry
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A - Variation 14): FAC-73-A-1 MT.6 G4 Strawberry Out Voted!
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B - Variation 14): FAC-73-B-1 MT.6 G4 Strawberry Ho.+Tel!

Other Versions (5 of 139) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
30 318 NewOrder* Blue Monday 1988(7", Single) Factory, Nuevos Medios 30 318 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
YW-7442 NewOrder* Blue Monday 1988(12") Factory YW-7442 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
FAC 73 New Order Blue Monday(12", Single, RP, Thi) Factory FAC 73 UK 1983 Sell This Version
850041.2, 850041-2 NewOrder* BlueMonday-95(CD, Single, Car) London Records, Polydor, London Records, Polydor 850041.2, 850041-2 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
FAC 73 New Order Blue Monday(12", Single) Factory FAC 73 Ireland 1983 Sell This Version

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theListenerV2

theListenerV2

March 18, 2016
Me and my mate love this but cant find it anywhere! 😞
Not-Selling

Not-Selling

October 29, 2015
edited 7 months ago
Just for the record.

Die cut outer, thin black glossy inner.

FAC - 73-A, (Astrix) Townhouse MAX
FAC - 73-B, (Astrix) MAX

Both labels on the correct sides.
bigneil11

bigneil11

February 23, 2014
I have Blue Monday (Fac73) on 12" vinyl. The label on the b-side says 'The Beach', yet there are 4 tracks on there, which after some investigation, turns out to be the 4 tracks off the b-side of Joy Division's Closer. Does anyone else have this?
Crijevo

Crijevo

December 29, 2013
edited over 2 years ago
Interesting remark - the vinyl cut (at least on a copy I own - which should be the initial version with the silver inlay visible through outer sleeve's floppy die-cut) omits the very first kick at the start of the song. When listening carefully, you can tell there was obviously a tiny error that occurred during mastering, that this actually happened. All subsequent CD versions ("Substance" onwards) feature the full mastering version (with the very first kick intact).
NRGBEATMIXER

NRGBEATMIXER

October 10, 2013
Hi

My copy on a side is: strawberry out voted fac 73 mt3 mvst 55 on runout,
B side is fac 73 r cut, mvss41 jj, ?????
unheard78

unheard78

September 14, 2013
Got a slight variation of the original UK 12", of which I'm assuming this is the same release but I can't quite tell. Everything is as seen in the above images, but the notable difference is in the matrix on side A. Here it is for both sides:

Matrix / Runout (Side A): FAC-73-A-1 MT.2 Strawberry Out Voted!
Matrix / Runout (Side B): FAC-73-B-1 MT.1 Strawberry Ho.El + Tel!

Does this make my copy a repressing, or just a slight variant? What does the MT.x stand for anyway? The version of the master plate being used?
BrianSeduction84

BrianSeduction84

August 13, 2013
i have a copy which reads "Precision" on the Run-outm maybe mine isnt special but, they sure didnt mess up on pressing this version vinyl ahahah..
alberto1957

alberto1957

June 25, 2013
ihave a copy with Blue Monday on A side and on B side the B side of Joy Division Closer album...a great mispressing...
LloydTudor

LloydTudor

February 26, 2013
I have a pressing (probably from the UK) which has the non die cut sleeve and a black inner, it also has the labels reversed. The runouts read:

A: STRAWBERRY OUT VOTED! FAC-73-A1 MT.3
B: R-CUT FAC 73 B2

It seems to me that there are umpteen different versions of each pressing, probably due to Factory's famous lack of organisation.
Riot_Nrrrd

Riot_Nrrrd

February 11, 2013
I have a UK 1st(?) press (the MT.1 variation) which I bought on import here in the States back in 1983.

But my sleeve isn't the floppy version - it's in a plain white sleeve with just a semi-circular cut-out at the top, that's it! At the time I thought that's the way the UK imports were - so I never bought a US floppy disc sleeved version! I feel cheated now ... like some unscrupulous importer removed the floppy sleeve and substituted a generic 12" sleeve in its place ... unless someone else wants to chime in and say they have the same thing!