You Say It's Your Birthday: New Order's Stephen Morris

Today is the birthday of Stephen Morris, drummer for New Order, born this day

1957. Originally all members of the band Joy Division, New Order formed after

the 1980 suicide of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. Shortly after

Curtis' death the final Joy Division album, Closer was released, and

New Order took over the scheduled support tour. Initial albums were

successful, and the mid-'80s saw a string of hit singles including "Blue

Monday, "Thieves Like Us" and "True Faith," which won best music video in

Britain. In addition, the band contributed to several film soundtracks,

penning three songs for the John Hughes flick Pretty In Pink with

"Shellshock" performing well on British charts. In 1988 the group performed

for the Duke and Duchess of York, but despite this touch of royalty, their

single "Fine Time" failed to make the top 10, much to the consternation of

the band's manager, Rob Grettons, who had bet each member f250 that the song

would hit the big time. The following years saw side projects for members,

including guitarist Bernard Sumner's collaboration with Pet Shop Boy Neil

Tennant and Smith Johnny Marr in the band Electronic, which released the

single "Getting Away With It." In 1990 the band reformed as England New Order

and collaborated with the England World Cup Football Squad to write the World

Cup theme, "World In Motion," which went to number one on the UK charts.