Birthdays Song

33 Years Old This Week: Blue Monday

The BBC calls New Order’s Blue Monday, “a crucial link between Seventies disco and the dance/house boom that took off at the end of the Eighties.” If you frequented a dance club during the 1980s, you almost certainly know this song.

It seems the Orkestra Obsolete, a group of musicians specializing in antiquated and obsolete instrumentation, wondered what Blue Monday would have sounded like if it had been made decades earlier.

They gathered together instruments available in the 1930s – from the theremin and musical saw to the harmonium and prepared piano – to present their re-interpretation of this dance classic.


I have loved the original “Blue Monday” from day one (the original was created on a Powertron Sequencer, Moog Source synthesizer, and Oberheim DMX drum machine. You can hear the original EP version here).

I love hearing unique covers of well crafted popular songs because I feel they offer a new perspective on the original material while proving the universal truth that ‘a good song is a good song’ no matter the genre. I’m loving the adaptation above.
Mister Cue is a former DJ, remixer, music producer and nightlife entrepreneur who now mentors up-and-coming talent as a life-coach and consultant.