Single #12 appeared in September 1986.
As usual, I bought the 12″ version. Took it home and played it and found myself a tad underwhelmed. It seemed a tad flimsy and basic compared to some of the most recent work. There were bits of it sounded OK but it just didn’t hang together all that well. It also sounded strange to hear New Order try to make something of a political statement:-
mp3 : New Order – State of the Nation (12″ version)
Flipped it over to the b-side, and judging by its title was anticipating a remix, which is exactly what it proved to be:-
mp3 : New Order – Shame of the Nation (12″ version)
I actually got more out of the slightly longer b-side with its more clubby production and the addition of female backing vocals – something that hadn’t worked with Sub-Culture a short time previously now seemed to make sense.
It was only a few years later when playing both sides of the single again to see if I was now any more fond of the a-side that I spotted something about the credits. State of the Nation is attributed to New Order while Shame of the Nation is the work of New Order and John Robie.
I still think the b-side would have made a better a-side if that makes sense, and would probably have gotten higher than #30 in the singles chart….it was a big drop in sales from Blue Monday, Confusion and Thieves Like Us, and while everyone at Factory would say they weren’t all that bothered, it must have irked the band and their entourage somewhat that they were beginning to be written off by some of the music press.
I picked up the 7″ not too long afterwards as it was one that ended up quickly in the bargain bins. These are heavily edited versions of those found on the 12″:-
mp3 : New Order – State of the Nation (7″ version)
mp3 : New Order – Shame of the Nation (7″ version)
According to wiki, the 7″ version of Shame is only available via this piece of plastic or as the b-side to a subseqent Australian single.
Not one that I return to all that often….it’s not their finest moment.