New Order’s Stephen Morris ranks the band’s albums worst to best
As a founding member of Joy Division and New Order, Stephen Morris remains one of the most legendary drummers of all time. His work with Joy Division will see him in the annals of rock and roll history forever but it was with his next band, New Order, that Morris grew immeasurably.
Formed as a way of he, Bernard Sumner, and Peter Hook, New Order was a way of continuing the dream they had with Joy Division which looked to have been extinguished with the suicide of their friend and lead singer, Ian Curtis. When Gillian Gilbert joined the band, New Order were a complete setup and ready to change the musical landscape.
The band were frontrunners with the fusion of electronic music and rock and roll. Their albums would go on to create a space which would allow creativity to triumph over everything else. They moved rock and roll into a new sphere and they were proud to do it. In a recent feature with VICE, Morris revealed that maybe not all of those records resonate as proudly as they once did.
1993’s Republic languishes in the last place as Morris says, “We shouldn’t have made it, really. We were making the record to keep the record company afloat and we were all just a bit jaded and a bit sick of the situation we found ourselves in that even though it was so bad we managed to write a song as good as ‘Regret’ which I think on an album like Republic is amazing really.”
The band’s first record following the death of Ian, also has a lowly position. Morris told VICE that it “was really hard to make. We were still naive and young and felt like we had something to prove but we didn’t know how to do it really. We were stuck in this situation where we knew we wanted to be a band and knew we wanted to write music but one of the key elements was gone. So we had to find a way to compensate.”
The ranking of your own records is never an easy feat to achieve but it feels like, all in all, Morris’ choices represent that of his fans. While many love Republic and others hate the top spot album Low-Life, – which Morris liked because “that sleeve is perfect. Sumner has never bettered himself than that sleeve. It’s also got some good songs on it” -.on the whole, it’s hard to disagree with his ranking.