Republic (album)

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Republic
Studio album by New Order
Released 3 May 1993
Recorded 1992, Real World, RAK
Genre Techno, Electronica, alternative dance, alternative rock
Length 47:37
Label London
Producer Stephen Hague, New Order
New Order chronology
Technique
(1989)
Republic
(1993)
(the best of) New Order
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 2/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Republic is an album by electronic music group New Order. Released in 1993 by London Records, it was their first album released after the demise of Factory Records, and their last for eight years.

The album reached number 1 in the UK, and is New Order's last chart topper. It also received a Mercury Music Prize nomination. The album's lead single, "Regret", is also New Order's last top-five hit in their home country.

The band went on hiatus following a gig at the Reading Festival promoting the album in August 1993. Lead singer Bernard Sumner is known not to like travelling to North America, and media reports suggest that the pressure of the long leg there contributed to the band's temporary demise. The band reunited in 1998.

Artwork[edit]

The album follows on the standard New Order principles of not having anything other than the credits and art inside the CD sleeve, and of having a Peter Saville-designed cover. The sleeve itself is a reference to the US, and in particular, California, where Saville had relocated. The sleeve displays different aspects of California—people relaxing on the beach, while some people's houses are being burnt down (a reference to frequent wildfires experienced in the state or perhaps to the 1992 Los Angeles riots); vast natural landscapes, contrasting to the skyline of Los Angeles, etc. Another interesting dimension is that most images were taken from stock photo libraries to achieve the commercial look and heavily retouched. Several of these images have also been used in the most low-brow form of marketing, i.e. direct mailing, catalogues, and adverts for businesses. Another interpretation of the album's artwork alludes to the fall of Rome.[5]

Republic – The Limited Run..[edit]

A limited-edition version of the Republic album, entitled Republic – The Limited Run.., was also released in the United States. Although the tracks are the same as the normal release, the packaging is entirely different. Instead of a jewel case, the CD comes in a folding wallet made of bright orange vinyl underpadded with soft foam, giving it the feel and appearance of a novelty photo album. The CD's label is also redesigned, with no words but with a picture of several orange rubber inner tubes against a background of flames, a reference to the cover artwork. The booklet, tucked into a pocket of the vinyl wallet, is the same as the standard version, but made of a plastic waterproof material instead of paper.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Regret"   4:08
2. "World"   4:44
3. "Ruined in a Day"   4:22
4. "Spooky"   4:43
5. "Everyone Everywhere"   4:24
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Young Offender"   4:48
7. "Liar"   4:21
8. "Chemical"   4:10
9. "Times Change"   3:52
10. "Special"   4:51
11. "Avalanche"   3:14

Personnel[edit]

  • Bernard Sumner – vocals, guitars, synthesizers and programming
  • Peter Hook – 4 and 6-stringed bass, synthesizers and programming
  • Stephen Morris – drums, synthesizers and programming
  • Gillian Gilbert – synthesizers and programming
  • New Order – production
  • Stephen Hague – production
  • Pascal Gabriel – pre-production on "Regret" and "Young Offender"
  • Andy Duncan – additional programming
  • Audrey Riley – cello, string arrangements
  • David Rhodes – additional guitar
  • Dee Lewis – backing vocals
  • Mike 'Spike' Drake – engineer
  • Owen Morris – engineer
  • Richard Chappell – engineer
  • Simon Gogerly – engineer
  • Ben Findlay – assistant engineer
  • Sam Hardaker – assistant engineer
  • Peter Saville – art direction (designed at Pentagram)

Chart positions[edit]

Album charts
Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[6] 5
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 9
Dutch Mega Album Top 100[7] 47
German Media Control Albums Chart[8][9] 54
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[10] 24
Swedish Sverigetopplistan[11] 13
UK Albums Chart[12] 1
US Billboard 200[13] 11
Singles charts – Billboard (USA)[14]
Single Chart (1993/4) Peak
position
"Regret" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
"Regret" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 3
"Regret" Modern Rock Tracks 1
"Regret" Hot 100 28
"Regret" Top 40 Mainstream 7
"Ruined in a Day" Modern Rock Tracks 30
"World" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
"World" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 26
"World" Modern Rock Tracks 5
"World" Hot 100 92
"Spooky" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 6
"Spooky" Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bush, John. "New Order: Republic" at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  2. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "New Order". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  4. ^ White, Armond (24 June 1993). "New Order: Republic". Rolling Stone (RS 659). Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. 
  5. ^ "New Order". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Discography New Order". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 3 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Discografie New Order". DutchCharts.nl. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "German chart positions". Charts-Surfer.de. Retrieved 3 September 2008. [dead link] Note: User must define 'Quicksearch' search parameter as "New Order".
  9. ^ "Chartverfolgung / New Order / Longplay". MusicLine.de. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Discography New Order". Charts.ord.nz. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Discography New Order". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  12. ^ "Chart Stats: New Order". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2008. 
  13. ^ "New Order > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  14. ^ "New Order: Billboard singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 November 2010.