This is a sexually-charged song about a guy who gets an erection when he is dancing with a girl. She tells him to step back because he is dancing too close and she can feel a poke coming through. He retorts that he can't help it because he's excited. Despite the rather obvious lyrics, most people considered the song harmless and it got plenty of airplay.
In the US, this was the biggest-selling single of 1998, spending a then record 38 weeks in the US top 20.
An R&B singer named Coffee Brown provided the female vocals. She was not part of the group - Next is a male trio.
Suggestion credit: Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for above 2
The style of dance encouraged in this song became known as "Freaking." At Simsbury High School in Simsbury, Connecticut, a 2006 dance was canceled after "Back to Front" dancing was banned and students refused to buy tickets in protest. In a letter to parents, administrators described the dancing: "The male student stands directly behind the female student. He then places his hands either on his partner's hips or around her midsection. At the same time, he presses his pelvic region against his partner's buttocks. As the music plays, the students then thrust or grind to the beat of the music. Sometimes, girls will even bend over as they dance, placing their hands on the floor while their male partner grinds against their backside."
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.