Substance 1987

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Substance
Greatest hits album by New Order
Released17 August 1987
Recorded1981–1987
GenrePost-punk, alternative dance, synthpop
Length146:48
LabelFactoryFACT 200
ProducerNew Order
New Order chronology
Brotherhood
(1986)
Substance
(1987)
Technique
(1989)
 
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Substance
Greatest hits album by New Order
Released17 August 1987
Recorded1981–1987
GenrePost-punk, alternative dance, synthpop
Length146:48
LabelFactoryFACT 200
ProducerNew Order
New Order chronology
Brotherhood
(1986)
Substance
(1987)
Technique
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(A)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide5/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic5/5 stars[4]

Substance (also known as Substance 1987) is a 1987 compilation album by New Order, consisting of all of the band's singles at that point in their 12-inch versions, together with their respective B-side tracks. The then newly released non-album single "True Faith" is also featured, along with its B-side "1963". The collection was released on vinyl, double CD, double cassette and Digital Audio Tape.

Album details[edit]

While Substance presents a sizeable collection of singles, there are many omissions and differences to be found from the original single releases:

The standard tape version, due to the extra space befitting the format, also contains extra tracks in the form of "Dub-vulture", "Shellshock", and "Bizarre Dub Triangle", as well as the actual "Mesh". Only on the limited edition cassette version does "True Dub" appear, as the last track on the second tape. On all cassette versions, "Murder" is after "Thieves Like Us" on the first cassette, whereas on the CD/DAT versions it appears on the second half of the album.

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In 2003, the album was ranked number 363 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Track listings[edit]

LP version[edit]

All songs written and composed by New Order; except where indicated. 

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ceremony"  Joy Division4:23
2."Everything's Gone Green"   5:30
3."Temptation"   6:59
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
4."Blue Monday"   7:29
5."Confusion"  New Order, Arthur Baker4:43
6."Thieves Like Us"  New Order, Arthur Baker6:36
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."The Perfect Kiss"   8:46
8."Sub-culture"   4:48
9."Shellshock"  New Order, John Robie6:28
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
10."State of the Nation"   6:32
11."Bizarre Love Triangle"   6:44
12."True Faith"  New Order, Stephen Hague5:55

CD/DAT version[edit]

All songs written and composed by New Order; except where indicated. 

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ceremony"  Joy Division4:23
2."Everything's Gone Green"   5:30
3."Temptation"   6:59
4."Blue Monday"   7:29
5."Confusion"  New Order, Arthur Baker4:43
6."Thieves Like Us"  New Order, Arthur Baker6:36
7."The Perfect Kiss"   8:02
8."Sub-culture"   4:48
9."Shellshock"  New Order, John Robie6:28
10."State of the Nation"   6:32
11."Bizarre Love Triangle"   6:44
12."True Faith"  New Order, Stephen Hague5:55
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."In a Lonely Place"  Joy Division6:16
2."Procession"   4:27
3."Cries and Whispers"   3:25
4."Hurt"   6:58
5."The Beach"   7:19
6."Confusion" (instrumental)New Order, Arthur Baker7:38
7."Lonesome Tonight"   5:11
8."Murder"   3:55
9."Thieves Like Us" (instrumental)New Order, Arthur Baker6:57
10."Kiss of Death"   7:02
11."Shame of the Nation"  New Order, John Robie7:54
12."1963"  New Order, Stephen Hague5:35

Cassette version[edit]

All songs written and composed by New Order; except where indicated. 

Cassette one – Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ceremony"  Joy Division4:23
2."Everything's Gone Green"   5:30
3."Temptation"   6:59
4."Blue Monday"   7:29
5."Confusion"  New Order, Arthur Baker4:43
6."Thieves Like Us"  New Order, Arthur Baker6:36
7."Murder"   3:55
Cassette one – Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
8."The Perfect Kiss"   8:46
9."Sub-culture"   4:48
10."Shellshock"  New Order, John Robie6:28
11."State of the Nation"   6:32
12."Bizarre Love Triangle"   6:44
13."True Faith"  New Order, Stephen Hague5:55
Cassette two – Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."In a Lonely Place"  Joy Division6:16
2."Procession"   4:27
3."Cries and Whispers"   3:25
4."Mesh"   3:02
5."Hurt"   6:58
6."The Beach"   7:19
7."Confusion" (instrumental)New Order, Arthur Baker7:38
8."Lonesome Tonight"   5:11
9."Thieves Like Us" (instrumental)New Order, Arthur Baker6:57
Cassette two – Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
10."Kiss of Death"   7:02
11."Dub-vulture"   7:57
12."Shellcock"  New Order, John Robie7:35
13."Shame of the Nation"  New Order, John Robie7:54
14."Bizarre Dub Triangle"   7:00
15."1963"  New Order, Stephen Hague5:35
16."True Dub"  New Order, Stephen Hague10:41

Video release[edit]

Substance 1989
Video by New Order
Released1989
Recorded1983–1989
GenrePost-punk, alternative dance, synthpop
Length40 minutes
LabelVirgin Music Video, Factory
New Order video chronology
Academy
(1989)
Substance 1989
(1989)
New Order Story
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic5/5 stars[5]

Substance 1989 is the video version of Substance that first appeared in 1989 on VHS; it was released on LaserDisc in Japan in 1991.

The cover is similar to the LP, except "1987" is replaced by "1989" (though the on-screen title is Substance 1983–88) and different background colours are used; the Factory/Qwest release has a grey background, the Japanese VHS release, blue and the LaserDisc, turquoise. The video includes linking sequences which are animated to the accompaniment of instrumental sections from "The Happy One", an otherwise unreleased track from the Technique sessions.

Video song listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by New Order, except where noted.. 

No.TitleWriter(s)DirectorLength
1."Confusion"  New Order, Arthur BakerCharles Sturridge3:57
2."The Perfect Kiss"   Jonathan Demme9:29
3."Shellshock"  New Order, John RobieRick Elgood3:15
4."Bizarre Love Triangle"   Robert Longo3:54
5."True Faith"  New Order, Stephen HaguePhilippe Decouflé4:24
6."Touched by the Hand of God"   Kathryn Bigelow4:19
7."Blue Monday 1988"   Robert Breer and William Wegman4:07

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1987)Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[6]12
Canadian RPM Albums Chart15
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart[7]4
Swedish Sverigetopplistan[8]49
Swiss Music Charts[9]10
UK Albums Chart[10]3
UK Independent Albums Chart[11]1
US Billboard 200 Albums Chart[12]36

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ RS Album Guide review
  4. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r86937
  6. ^ "Discography New Order". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  7. ^ "Discography New Order". Charts.ord.nz. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Discography New Order". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  9. ^ "Discography New Order". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  10. ^ "Chart Stats: New Order". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  11. ^ "Indie Hits "N"". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 2011-01-08. [dead link]
  12. ^ "New Order > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-20.