+-, the new U.K. vinyl singles box from Joy Division, may be followed up with a New Order box set, drummer Stephen Morris said recently.
In an interview with The Quietus, Morris – a member of the short-lived post-punk outfit and its post-Ian Curtis New-Wave counterpart, oversaw the remastering of the new vinyl set, which collates 10 7″ singles from the band’s short tenure (some of them crafted just for this box). When asked about the possibility of a similar box for New Order, he had this to say:
Funny you should say that – yes, we are thinking of doing a complete New Order singles boxset. I still like the idea of doing just an empty box (a really nice empty box of course) and putting out absolutely everything as a series of records/CDs/downloads that you could choose to customise your box with. That’s my Pick and Mix idea – probably extremely expensive and a bit mad really. One of the problems that I find with box sets generally is that no matter what you do there is always something missing; leaving the final selection to the listener might get round that.
A New Order singles box should be as comprehensive as possible, but done in a way that is still listenable. It’s going to be quite a challenge but hopefully a lot of fun. It’s something that will take a lot of thought.
The “pick and mix” approach would be fun for a variety of artists, if crazily expensive for labels. Would you buy a box like this from your favorite artists? Sound off below.