Fine Time

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To be distinguished from "Finetime", a Cast song.
"Fine Time"
Single by New Order
from the album Technique
B-side "Don't Do It"
Released 28 November 1988
Format 12", 7", CD
Recorded 1988 at Mediterranean Studios, Ibiza, and Real World Studios, Box
Genre ambient house, electro, techno, experimental, ambient,
futurejazz, chill-out,
Length 4:42 (Album version)
3:10 (7" edit)
Label Factory - FAC 223
Writer(s) Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner[1]
Producer(s) New Order
New Order singles chronology
"Blue Monday 1988"
"Fine Time"
"Round & Round"

"Fine Time" is a song by New Order released in 1988 and the first single from their 1989 album Technique. It is important as an early "anthem" in the UK house music scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a key track in the Madchester scene and Manchester music as a whole, and as an influence on later techno artists. The B-side "Fine Line" is simply the A-side without Bernard Sumner's vocals.

On the naming of the track, Stephen Morris said, "my car had been towed away and I had to remind myself to go and pay the fine. I just wrote "Fine Time" on this piece of paper to remind myself to go get it and thought, that's a good title."[2]

Track listings[edit]

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

7": FAC 223/7 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Fine Time"   3:08
2. "Don't Do It"   4:36
12" #1: FAC 223 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Fine Time"   4:42
2. "Don't Do It"   4:36
3. "Fine Line"   4:43
12" #2: FAC 223R (UK) - Fine Time Remix
No. Title Length
1. "Fine Time (Silk Mix)" (Remixed by Steve "Silk" Hurley) 6:15
2. "Fine Time (Messed Around Mix)" (Remixed by Steve "Silk" Hurley) 4:35
CD: FACD 223 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Fine Time" (7" edit) 3:08
2. "Fine Time" (Silk Mix) (remixed by Steve "Silk" Hurley) 6:15
3. "Fine Time" (Messed Around Mix) (remixed by Steve "Silk" Hurley) 4:35
4. "Don't Do It"   4:36

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 20
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 9
Italy (FIMI)[5] 50
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 3
Spain (AFYVE)[7] 20
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[8] 11
UK Indie (The Official Charts Company)[9] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[10] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales[10] 3
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[10] 3


  1. ^ ASCAP entry
  2. ^ "Fine Time". Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  3. ^ " – New Order – Fine Time". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: N". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  6. ^ " – New Order – Fine Time". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  8. ^ "Chart Stats - New Order". Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Indie Hits "N"". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  10. ^ a b c "New Order: Billboard singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-23. 

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