From the mid-1970s the humble 7-inch vinyl single was joined by a much grander relative - the 12-inch single. It reached its peak in 1983 with "Blue Monday", by New Order, probably the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time. Music Journalist and co-founder of ZTT Records Paul Morley talks to Peter Hook of New Order about how "Blue Monday" was written, and to designer Peter Saville about the famous sleeve. Paul explores the origins of the 12-inch single as a potentially higher-quality format than the 7-inch single and visits Abbey Road studios to watch an engineer cutting a 12-inch single.
Paul Morley grew up in Reddish, less than five miles from Manchester and even closer to Stockport. Ever since the age of seven, old enough to form an identity but too young to be aware that 'southern' was a category, Morley has always thought of himself as a northerner. What that meant, he wasn't entirely sure. It was for him, as it is for millions of others in England, an absolute, indisputable truth.