This song features vocals from System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian. The unlikely collaboration dates back to mid-2013 when the duo met for the first time in Los Angeles. The pair started exchanging ideas and then spent around half a year refining this track.
"The idea of bringing Serj's vocal style into our musical environment was a real challenge," said Benassi. "As soon as I started experimenting with the music under the vocals, I was immediately struck by the atmosphere of the song which is decidedly different from most things you here at the festivals I play at and unlike anything we've done so far, ourselves. I started playing embryonic versions out, especially as a set opener and the effect was devastating. We kept working on the music until we were 100% satisfied."
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.