Music History

New Order's Substance turns 25 today

See also: - New Order's Movement turns thirty - Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction turns 25 - The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street turns 40 - The Beatles' Sgt Pepper turns 45 - Prince's Sign of the Times turns 25 - Velvet Underground & Nico turns 45 today - Today In History Archives

When New Order was interviewed by Keith Allen in 1993, Allen asked the band "who is the laziest member of the group?" Before anyone else could answer, bassist Peter Hook quipped, "Ian Curtis. I haven't seen him do anything in years." This was over a decade after the group's former lead singer had hanged himself in his kitchen. By then, the band had obviously come a long way toward processing its grief and moving on toward casual humor. Beyond public interviews, this emotional journey can be traced through the band's musical evolution, as seen in their career defining singles collection, Substance, which celebrates its 25th anniversary today.