New Order Played 8-Song Set on Bernard Sumner's Birthday in 1981

Following the death of Ian Curtis, Joy Division's remaining members collected the ashes of what was left to create New Order. The new wave band would go on to see huge success, but when it formed back in 1980, the young band was still experimenting with post-punk sounds.

A short few months after forming, New Order was already playing gigs across the UK. One of these early gigs landed on this day, January 4th, on Bernard Sumner's birthday, the man who would take up the frontman duties for New Order.

The year was 1981 and Sumner had only turned 25. The gig took place at the intimate Fan Club near their hometown in Leeds, and featured a short but sweet 8-song setlist.

They opened up with the Curtis-written "Ceremony," which only ever got its release with New Order. They went on to perform several songs off of their debut album Movement, which featured those early post-punk songs as mentioned before.

New Order performing "Ceremony" in 1981

Several rarities you'd hardly see in a New Order setlist any more were featured during this concert like "Mesh," "Truth," "Dreams Never End," and "Cries and Whispers." To hear these in a live setting in this day and age, you'd have more luck at a Peter Hook & The Light show.

New Order also performed one other Curtis-written track he wrote right before his death - "In a Lonely Place." New Order has performed this song only twice in the past five years.

They finished off the set with "Senses." Check out the setlist below:

New Order

While New Order would go on to settle into a sound that was more their own, Ceremony and Movement are still considered a rare and influential gem to this day.

We wish Sumner a very happy 65th birthday!

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Last updated: 13 Jun 2024, 20:41 Etc/UTC