New Order were an English rock group formed in 1980 in the wake of the demise of their previous band, Joy Division, following the suicide of singer Ian Curtis. New Order melded post-punk and electronic dance, and became one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 1980s. Though the band were shadowed by the legacy of Joy Division in their first years, their immersion in the New York City club scene of the early 1980s introduced them to dance music. The band's 1983 hit "Blue Monday" saw them fully embrace dance music and synthesized instruments, and is the best-selling 12-inch single of all time. Bottom/ Republic (London, 1993) was New Order's first album after the demise of Factory Records. Top/ "Ruined In A Day" (London, 1993) was released as the second single from Republic. Prior to that release, New Order were the flagship band for Factory Records. New Order albums, and Factory Records products in general, frequently bore the minimalist packaging of Peter Saville. Saville said his intention was to sell the band as a "mass-produced secret" of sorts, and that the minimalist style was enough to allow fans to identify
the band's products without explicit labelling.