Frontman Guy Garvey recalled this song in a 2009 interview with Drowned In Sound: "An old friend; it's still the song that's in the live set all these years after its release. It's a love song really, despite its dark images: 'I'll be the corpse in your bath tub' etc. It was complicated to write, and we were trying to mimic an orchestra whilst doing so. Love that."
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.