New Order In-depth Biography
It's a little-known fact that long before the former members of Joy Division} chose the New Order} moniker for their subsequent group, a band called New Order} existed in Los Angeles. Hardly a group of unknowns, former Stooges} guitarist Ron Asheton} formed the short-lived band in the mid-'70s. The name of the group was in line with Asheton}'s well-documented fascination for Nazi paraphernalia.
In the wake of the commercial failure of the Stooges}' Raw Power} album, New Order} came together, recording a self-titled album for RCA} in Los Angeles during 1975 and 1976. Besides Asheton}, the group included Dennis Thompson} (drums), Ray Gun} (guitar), Jimi Recca} (bass), Jeff Spry} (vocals), Dave Gilbert} (vocals), and Scott Thurston} (keyboards). The group soon folded however, with Asheton} surfacing in the vaunted Detroit cult band Destroy All Monsters} (known for punk}-era singles like "Bored"} and "Meet the Creeper"}). In 1981, Asheton} joined ex-Radio Birdman} bandmembers Deniz Tek} and Rob Younger} in the New Race}. ~ Erik Hage, All Music Guide