1981–1982

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This article is about the New Order EP. For for sports seasons, see 1981-1982 NBA season and 1981-1982 NHL season. For nuclear controversy, see 1981-1982 French nuclear tests.
1981–1982
EP by New Order
Released November 1982
Recorded 1981–1982
Genre Post-punk, alternative rock, new wave
Length 29:49
Label Factory Records
Producer Martin Hannett
New Order
New Order chronology
Movement
(1981)
1981–1982
(1982)
Power, Corruption & Lies
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

1981–1982, also often known by its catalog number "Factus 8", or "1981-Factus 8-1982", is a five-track EP released by New Order in November 1982 by Factory.

Overview[edit]

1981–1982 or "Factus 8" was released for the American market as a compilation of three of New Order's early singles. It contains "Procession" from September 1981, plus the 12" versions of "Everything's Gone Green" (released December 1981) and "Temptation" (released May 1982) and two of the b-sides, "Mesh" and "Hurt". A second b-side to "Everything's Gone Green", "Cries and Whispers" is omitted, as is New Order's first single "Ceremony" / "In a Lonely Place". The sleeve was designed by Peter Saville and uses a painting from his then-girlfriend Martha Ladly.

The EP—in particular its version of "Temptation"—signaled a critical turning point in the development of New Order as the group shifted from simply being the remnants of Joy Division after the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis to being a singular band in its own right. The EP is frequently viewed as a bridge from the group's Joy Division-like debut album, Movement, to the new electronic-based sound contained on its second album, Power, Corruption & Lies.

The Village Voice music critic Robert Christgau described the EP's version of "Temptation" as being "where Manchester's finest stop hearing ghosts and stake their claim to a danceable pop of unprecedented grimness and power," noting that it was "the first real song this sharp-cornered sound-and-groove band has ever come up with."[2]

The EP also marks the band's break from producer Martin Hannett, who had produced Movement and both of Joy Division's studio albums. While Hannett produced "Everything's Gone Green", "Procession" and "Mesh", the other two songs on the EP were produced by New Order. Bernard Sumner remarked: "Martin's last track was "Everything's Gone Green" – fact he walked out halfway through the mix because Hooky and me asked him to turn the drums up".[3]

Reissue of EP tracks[edit]

All of the tracks from 1981–1982 were eventually re-released on the bonus CD in the 2008 Collector's Edition of Movement, along with other tracks from the same period.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Everything's Gone Green"   5:30
2. "Procession"   4:27
3. "Mesh"   3:02

Side Two
No. Title Length
4. "Temptation"   8:47
5. "Hurt"   8:03

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983/4) Peak
position
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart[4] 4
U.K. Independent Albums Chart[5] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Review: 1981 – 1982 – New Order". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Robert Christgau, Consumer Guide Review: New Order – 1981–1982". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Nolan, David (2007). Bernard Sumner – Confusion (1st ed.). Church Stretton: Independent Music Press. p. 102. ISBN 0-9552822-6-8. 
  4. ^ "Discography New Order". Charts.ord.nz. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Indie Hits "N"". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 2 Oct 2008.