THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 19)

The final 45 that New Order would ever release on Factory Records – not that anybody realised that at the time – and it provided the band and the label with a first ever #1 single.

Prior to World In Motion, there is a general consensus that all football-related songs, (especially those on which players take part), were shit. Post-WIM, there is a general consensus that all football-related songs (especially those etc.), are shit.

World In Motion, as a New Order song, isn’t all that great. As an Englandneworder song, it works well enough.

I’m sure just about everybody knows the back story, but just in case…..

The Football Association of England, at the tail end of the 80s, had a press officer who was quite upon his music.  He thought it would be a great idea if New Order would consider penning something that would become the official team song for the World Cup Finals taking place in Italy in 1990. The press officer approached Tony Wilson who immediately said yes.

Knowing full well that the band had little or no interest in football, Wilson drafted in comedian/actor Keith Allen to pen the main lyric. It was also felt the involvement of Stephen Hague, following his success on the production side of True Faith, would pay dividends in terms of making the record a cut above the norm. There was also a slice of luck in that a fraction of the squad – just 6 players in all – came along to the studio to add their vocals in the background, but that one of them was John Barnes, who proved willing and adept enough to chance his arm on a rap section that Allen wanted to incorporate, albeit he came through a contest in the studio with the other players.

Two other things helped the song – the video that was less than serious (no surprise given the involvement of Allen) and also that England put up a good showing, eventually, in the tournament, reaching the semi-finals and thus the song became the backdrop to their progress.

mp3 : Englandneworder – World In Motion

The flip side doesn’t have the Hague production, nor any input from the players, outside of the rap . It still has the football related lyric in the verses and a backing vocal from Allen, but put these to one side and you can appreciate just how good a tune it is while the ‘Love’s Got The World In Motion’ chorus is not only catchy, but open to interpretation – it’s easy to see why Allen originally wanted to call it E for England only to have the FA just say no…..

mp3 : New Order – The B-side

World In Motion, like many of the more recent New Order 45s, was given the remix treatment, with four versions put on a 12″ single housed in a gold sleeve in which the letter ‘e’ was a bold yellow colour.

mp3 : New Order – World In Motion (Subbuteo Mix)
mp3 : New Order – World In Motion (Subbuteo Dub)
mp3 : New Order – World In Motion (Carabinieri Mix)
mp3 : New Order – World In Motion (No Alla Violenza Mix)

The first two are the work of Graeme Park and Mike Pickering; the latter are by Andrew Weatherall and Terry Farley. The world was not only in motion, but it was truly loved up. This was not a novelty song, but something that the band and all involved with had every right to be proud of – it was a continuation of what had made Technique such a great listen.  Not everyone gets to have #1 hits.

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 18)

I’m being lazy this week and re-hashing an old post from January 2016 which I entitled

‘When John Denver went to Ibiza.’

My effort come up with an ICA for New Order in June 2015 placed Run as the final track on Side A when I said:-

Run is one of the most outstanding songs on the album and rather bravely the band went for an edited single release in due course in which about 45 seconds are chopped off and by editing down the dreamy instrumental finish to the song and replacing it with more of the re-recorded vocal with Barney’s voice given more prominence than the original mix. It’s a decent enough mix and does a job of giving us enough changes to think of it as a new song altogether but it’s not a patch on the original.

The remix was in fact worked on alongside Scott Litt who at tht point in time was known for having worked on couple of LPs by R.E.M. The fact that he would also work on the multi-million sellers Out Of Time and Automatic For The People albums in the 90s and become one of the most talked about producers of that era was all in the future…..

Run 2 is really quite a different version. To expand on what I said in the ICA piece, the long instrumental section at the end of the original is replaced by a repeat of the chorus while there’s also greater prominence given to Bernard’s vocal and guitar and Hooky’s bass lines in an effort to make it more appealing to radio stations. Despite this, Factory Records didn’t press up all that many copies and it wasn’t the easiest thing to find in the shops.

The record, which was released only on 12″ vinyl which played at 33 1/3 rpm, stalled at #49 in the UK charts which was the poorest showing by a New Order single in a long while. But this where the fun really started…..

After the release, John Denver (or more accurately John Denver’s lawyers) sued the group, claiming that Run 2, in particular the instrumental part, sounded too similar to his hit Leaving On A Jet Plane. The case was settled out of court, and as a result the single in it’s remixed form was, for a very long time, out of print save the original few thousand copies made available in 1989.

As a result, Run 2 was a bit of music much sought after by fans, especially outside the UK (it was never made available at all overseas). There was much anticipation when Run 2 was listed on the track lists of compilation LPs released in 1994 and 2005, but in fact it was always the original version from Technique that was included.

But finally in 2008, a deluxe edition of Technique was released that included the extended mixes of Run 2 and the track MTO that had been on the b-side of the 12″. But even now, the regular mix of Run 2 and minus mix of MTO a are otherwise unavailable.

Unless someone rips them from vinyl:-

mp3 : New Order – Run 2
mp3 : New Order – Run 2 (extended mix)
mp3 : New Order – MTO
mp3 : New Order – MTO (minus mix)

Oh and nowadays, the credits for all newly released versions of Run are attributed to Sumner, Hook, Morris, Gilbert and Denver.

PS: Here’s the album version.

mp3 : New Order – Run

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 17)

The second single lifted from Technique.

Round & Round is a magnificent offering. It was much adored by Tony Wilson who pushed hard for it be issued as a 45 when the band were asking for it to be Vanishing Point. Legend has it that Wilson struck a bet with Rob Gretton, the manager of New Order, that it would be at least a Top 5 hit in the charts, and if not he would resign as chair of Factory Records. It only reached #21 and to his word, he did resign, albeit for a day. And in typical Factory behaviour, the event was deemed significant enough for it be given its own catalogue number, FAC253.*

The single did take the piss somewhat in respect of formats in the UK, with two different 12″ releases, one 7″ release and 2x CD singles, all with variations in the sleeves and some offering different b-sides. I bought the standard 12″ with the catalogue number FAC263:-

mp3 : New Order – Round & Round (12″)
mp3 : New Order – Best & Marsh (12″)

The single has a different mix from the album version; the b-side was the theme tune to a television show in which legendary footballers George Best and Rodney Marsh talked nostalgically about the good old glory days.

I’ll feature the music via the other formats, beginning with FAC263/7:-

mp3 : New Order – Round & Round (7″)
mp3 : New Order – Best & Marsh (7″)

FAC263r was the remix single.

mp3 : New Order – Round & Round (Club Mix)
mp3 : New Order – Round & Round (Detroit Mix)

FACD 263 was the CD single. It contained the 7″ and 12″ mixes of the single, the 7″ Best & Marsh and this:-

mp3 : New Order – Vanishing Point (Instrumental Making Out Mix)

This came from an otherwise unreleased soundtrack work that Steven and Gillian had done for a BBC drama series called Making Out, one of whose stars was Keith Allen to who we will return later in this series. It’s a fantastic variation on one of the stand-out tracks from Technique (and the one the band were keen to issue as a 45).

FACD 263r was a 3″ CD single that featured the club, Detroit and 12″ mixes of the single.

Oh and for completeness sake, here’s the LP version.

mp3 : New Order – Round & Round

And a lousy remix that was made for the release of The Best of New Order by London Records in 1994:-

mp3 : New Order – Round & Round 94

Just wish that I had danced to Round & Round in a club back in 89/90.

JC

*yup, I also think it is bizarre, but I suppose typically Factory, that the resignation of the chairman (FAC 253) comes in the catalogue in advance of FAC 263, which was the number given to Round and Round….all New Order singles did have a ‘3’ at the end

FAC 33 NEW ORDER Ceremony
FAC 53 NEW ORDER Procession
FAC 63 NEW ORDER Temptation
FAC 73 NEW ORDER Blue Monday
FAC 93 NEW ORDER Confusion
FAC 103 NEW ORDER Thieves Like Us
FAC 123 NEW ORDER The Perfect Kiss
FAC 133 NEW ORDER Subculture
FAC 143 NEW ORDER Shellshock
FAC 153 NEW ORDER State of the Nation
FAC 163 NEW ORDER Bizarre Love Triangle
FAC 183 NEW ORDER True Faith
FAC 193 NEW ORDER Touched by the Hand of God
FAC 223 NEW ORDER Fine Time
FAC 263 NEW ORDER Round & Round
(more to come)

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 16)

The single after Touched By The Hand of God was in fact Blue Monday 88, but I featured that in an earlier posting.

New Order had closed off 1987 with a sold-out gig at the 12,500 capacity Wembley Arena, supported by a then little-known Primal Scream whose debut LP had been released to huge indifference. The following year, New Order seemed to drop completely out of view, with no new songs or live gigs to speak of. It later transpired that they had spent the best part of seven months working on their latest album, initially in Ibiza and then in Bath.

Technique should have been in the shops in time for Xmas 88 but it ended up being delayed until January 1989. All the talk was that the new record would be quite different from anything they had done before, with more a club feel to it with one eye on what was beginning to pack out The Hacienda.

In December 1988, the new single was released. The sleeve for Fine Time, with its depiction of drug capsules, was a clear indication that the club market was where the band were aiming. The contents of the vinyl remain, to this day, the one recording by New Order that gave a huge jolt to my system.

mp3 : New Order – Fine Time (12″ version)

The Barry White-esque vocal cut is Barney slowed right down via electronic trickery. I’ve long thought it was him  taking the piss out of Hooky’s rock god persona with the lyric:-

Hey, you know
I’ve met a lot of cool chicks
But I’ve never met a girl with all her own teeth
That’s why I love you babe
That’s why we could be
But you’re too young
Too young for me

Turns out it was supposedly about Barney’s first wife…which makes it as mundane and stupid as it gets.

But in this one, it’s best to put the lyric to one side and concentrate on the music. Which is why the instrumental b-side on the 12″ is the one for me…

mp3 : New Order – Fine Line

In a crowded Christmas market, the single managed to reach #15 and led to a very bizarre Top of the Pops appearance, which is saying something given how weird previous appearances had proved to be:

The following week….it climbed to #11 which I’m sure was the first time a New Order TOTP appearance had seen a single rise up the charts afterwards!

Oh, and I almost forgot that there was a more conventional instrumental made available as the standard b-side:-

mp3 : New Order – Don’t Do It

As it turned out, this was the sound that would provide much of the template for the resultant album…which regular readers will know is my favourite by the band, so expect some gushing praise for the next few singles.

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 15)

One of my favourite bloggers is Swiss Adam from Bagging Area.  He is a superb writer, especially on all things Mancunian, and he was responsible for a superb piece on Touched By The Hand of God last year.  It’s well worth a read.  So much so, I’m reproducing it:-

New Order put out two non-album singles in 1987, True Faith and Touched By The Hand Of God. True Faith was the chart smash, the crossover hit with the award winning video but Touched… has long been its equal to these ears. The juddering synth bass intro was written by Hooky, waiting around for the others to arrive at their rehearsal studio, their timekeeping being a long standing gripe of Hooky’s. Tellingly in Substance Hooky notes that ‘Barney was happy with it’. From there on in the full band contributed to fleshing it out. Originally Touched… was recorded for the soundtrack of the film Salvation!, a parody of televangelism (a straight to VHS release). New Order recorded several other songs for the soundtrack and then had Arthur Baker remix Touched… for its release in December 1987 as a single. There’s an effortlessness about it, synth-pop disco brilliance, which makes it favourite of mine, Hooky’s bass well represented and Bernard’s lyrics seeming to carry the weight of personal experience.

Kathryn Bigelow’s video, shot at their Cheetham Hill studio and intercut with MTV video pisstake snippets, is a hoot- all the group dressed as a hair metal band (and Hooky in his normal clothes).

Only thing is, I disagree vehemently with him and have nothing good to say about this single (nor its accompanying promo).

mp3 : New Order – Touched By The Hand Of God (12″)
mp3 : New Order – Touched By The Hand Of Dub (12″)

The dub version sounds like a tune Howard Jones would have rejected. Oh, and if you want the 7″ version of the a-side, you’ll find it at a posting a few weeks ago back here.

Today’s cuts were extracted from a second (or maybe third or fourth-hand) copy picked up for not too much money some 7 or 8 years ago. It’s still one of the cheapest New Order singles available via Discogs and the likes…probably as a good number of copies were sold at the time of its release, with it hitting #20 in the UK singles charts.

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 14)

‘What the Fuck?????’

I think it’s fair to say that this was my reaction when first hearing True Faith. It was via a TV set when the accompanying video was shown.

The summer of 1987 was a time when I was otherwise occupied and not paying too much attention to music. I wasn’t buying all the much and indeed if hadn’t been for a subsequent friendship with Jacques the Kipper whose C90 cassettes filled in so many gaps, then it’s fair to say I would have little or no knowledge of about two years worth of indie music.

New Order‘s latest single was a huge hit, thanks in part to the astonishing and innovative video, but let’s face it, True Faith was, and remains, an outstanding piece of pop music. It may have been a long way removed from Blue Monday, Temptation and Ceremony, but it is a wonderfully timeless and catchy piece of music.

It was written, along with 1963, its b-side, in the studio for the sole purpose of being new songs that could be included on Substance, a compilation album that brought together various singles and b-sides that have already featured in this series.

Substance was intended to be issued simultaneously in the US and UK, and it was the band’s American manager, Tom Attenacio, who pushed hard for a breakthrough pop hit to be written and included, and so pushed the band in the direction of Stephen Hague. The story behind the sessions that produced True Faith and 1963 is one of the most fascinating parts of Hooky’s book on New Order – the producer had very firm and fixed ideas about how it should be put together and he didn’t think there was much room for the usually distinctive bass sounds and indeed they were only added at the 11th hour after Attenacio, thankfully, intervened on the basis that you couldn’t have a New Order song on which only three of the band made a contribution as the bass is one of the things that drives it along beautifully.

mp3 : New Order – True Faith (12″)

The b-side was another lovely bit of synth-pop, something that could have (and subsequently would) work as a stand-alone 45:-

mp3 : New Order – 1963 (12″)

The single was released in two formats, with a radical remix by Shep Pettibone, aimed squarely at the dance market, also made available on 12″ vinyl in a different sleeve:-

mp3 : New Order – True Faith (remix)
mp3 : New Order – True Dub

The remix single also included the version of 1963 that was housed within the ‘blue’ sleeve, and all told it reached #4 in the UK singles chart and #32 on the US Billboard charts. Job done in terms of Substance.

Some seven years later, and the post-Factory release of The Best of New Order on London Records saw a little bit of history repeating with True Faith being used, in a re-recorded style, to promote the release:-

mp3 : New Order – True Faith 94
mp3 : New Order – True Faith 94 (Perfecto Mix)
mp3 : New Order – True Faith 94 (Sexy Disco Dub)
mp3 : New Order – True Faith (TWA Grim Up North Mix)

Make of them what you will…..it still pisses me off how cynical London Records were proving to be, but I’ll return to that it in a few weeks time when, among other things, I’ll feature the time when 1963 was issued as a stand-alone 45.  Worth mentioning that such was the popularity of New Order in the mid-90s that the re-mixed True Faith went all the way to #9 in the UK singles charts.

JC

THE NEW ORDER SINGLES (Part 13)

The LP Brotherhood had been released to mixed reviews in September 1986, and as mentioned last time out, the non-LP single State of the Nation hadn’t charted all that highly in comparison to the singles from 83/84.

The solution? Take one of the more upbeat songs from the album, give it a bit of a remix and issue it is a single. The outcome….a brilliant 12″ single that sold dismally and limped to #56 in the singles charts. But it has become the most covered New Order song of them all – wiki lists more than 20 different versions (while admitting the list isn’t exhaustive) – it’s a song that also been recorded successfully in the Cantonese and Mandarin languages.

Loads out there, even featuring New Order, and I’m not going to try and get them all in today as it would take far too long.

mp3 : New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (album version)
mp3 : New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (7″ version)
mp3 : New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (12″ version)

The single versions were remixed by Shep Pettibone, a then fairly well-known producer who would go onto to achieve world fame thanks to extensive work with Madonna in the late 80s and early 90s.

Here’s the b-sides:-

mp3 : New Order – Bizarre Dub Triangle (7″ version)
mp3 : New Order – Bizarre Dub Triangle (12″ version)

A few others…..

mp3 : New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle 94

This was produced by Stephen Hague for inclusion in the Best of New Order compilation CD

mp3 : New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Richard X extended mix)
mp3 : New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Crystal Method extended mix)

These were from compilation albums entitled Future Retro, released in 2005, and which gave 21st Century remixes to 80s electro/indie hits.

Of them all, I don’t think you can better Pettibone’s original 12″ effort….also worth noting that although, as with all New Order songs it is attributed to all four members, Hooky gives the credit for this one to Stephen Morris.

Oh what the hell….

mp3 : Sandy Lam – Bizarre Love Triangle (Mandarin version)
mp3 : Post Modern Jukebox – Bizarre Love Triangle

The latter is described, somewhat accurately, as a Burt Bacharach style take on the song.

JC