New Order had released a belter of a debut single in Ceremony. The follow-up hit the shops in September 1981:-
mp3 : New Order – Procession
It was quite similar to a number of the tracks on the debut LP Movement and it wasn’t a huge shift away from the Joy Division sound albeit it did highlight that with Bernard Sumner was a completely different sort of vocalist from Ian Curtis.
I bought the only copy of this single that my local record shop had and it came in a cardboard sleeve with a strange green design which I thought alluded to the title of the b-side. I soon discovered that it had been released in nine different coloured sleeves and while I wanted to own every single one of them, there was no way an 18-year-old student, who that month had just started university, was going to waste valuable vodka money on something as unworthy as a 7″ bit of plastic.
The b-side was a precursor to what New Order would become within a few months – a band of their own right delivering electronic dance-music.
mp3 : New Order – Everything’s Gone Green
This is ripped right from vinyl folks and is a bit shorter than the versions generally available on compilation LPs, so please forgive the fact that there’s also a wee skip and a jump about 3mins in…..
Oh and here’s the other eight sleeves in miniature:-