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New OrderBlue Monday

Label:Factory – FAC 73
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Electro, Synth-pop

Tracklist

ABlue Monday7:29
BThe Beach7:19
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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.

"Outvoted" in the runout refers to an error made by the Strawberry engineer, who brought up the fader too late and missed the first drumbeat. New Order took a vote as to whether the mistake should stay, and the yes vote prevailed.

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 HO.EL + TEL! STRAWBERRY
  • 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 HO.EL + TEL! STRAWBERRY
  • 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 HO.EL + TEL! STRAWBERRY G2
  • 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 HO.EL + TEL! STRAWBERRY

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Blue Monday (12", Single)FactoryFACX 10Canada1983
Blue Monday (12", 45 RPM, Single, Black Inner Sleeve)Factory, Rough Trade, FactoryFAC 73, RTD 10, FAC SEVENTY THREEGermany1983
Blue Monday (12", 45 RPM, Single)Factory, FactoryFAC 73, VR 22504Netherlands1983
Blue Monday (12", 45 RPM, Maxi-Single)Factory, Factory600717, 600 717France1983
Blue Monday (12", 45 RPM, Single)Factory, Base RecordFAC 73Italy1983
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Mac-Curtis
I bought this new in the uk way back when and I have the 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
Which is first edition according to this site but my sleeves are not cut out the are the thick glossy inner sleeve and the outer has FAC SEVENTY THREE printed on the spine.
Can anyone shed some light as i want to add it into my collection but not sure which one.
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808-MAN
New Orders best selling 12 " ever. although New Order lost 0.10p ukp on every copy sold! due to the cover being too much to produce. The management skills of Factory lol. All that money lost, the debt the Hacienda was in kept afloat aslong as it did only by New Order Record sales. Its an awesome story to tell. 0161.
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Pure80sboy
Best New Order release. Most sold maxi single ever. Also the biggest hit of new Order.
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msteegh
First and as far as I know only record to enter the (Dutch) Charts only as a 12"Single (I'm talking about both the "normal" charts and the Dance charts). Despite the fact that you had to spend almost 3 times as much as for an "ordinary single" (i.e. a 7-inch), it reached the third place in the normal charts (and was in the top of the dance charts the whole summer of '83. IMHO very good that tey refused to shorten their song tom make it more commercially attractive.... and it turned out to be a very good decision indeed, in England it is the best selling 12″-single of all times, and very deservedly so IMHO!
(Bougt it myself too back in the day and still have it, only after many years I realized that the cover depicts a floppy-drive (the big 5 1/4 inch that were still really "floppy").

BTW When I say "first and as far as I know only record", etc. I'm talking about the vinyl era, what exactly happened when things changed to CD's I don't know.
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MaxWax78
Anybody else has a copy with side B labels on both sides?
Apart from that, nice pressing, definitely more bass than more older copy
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AndrewHP
I don't know if anyone has actually mentioned this already, but the colour coding at the edge of the sleeve can actually be "decoded", as can the other New Order releases from around the time. Each colour block represents a letter which corresponds to the wheel on the back of the Power, Corruption Lies album - https://www.discogs.com/New-Order-Power-Corruption-Lies/master/4071 album - A is at 12 o'clock, and it works clockwise through the alphabet.
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vinnysideways
Why did someone pay £267 for this? Test pressing? Signed copy? Or more money than sense?
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curtorzabal81
Edited one year ago
Mine is The Robot/ Strawberry GG8 / GG9, with a matte black inner. Outer sleeve is die cut. Any ideas?
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nealelewis
My version has where’s murder etched on a side and the robot on the b side
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Stefdrew
Standard issue to any collection , been proudly sat in mine since release .