Substance 1987

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Substance
Greatest hits album by New Order
Released 17 August 1987
Recorded 1981–1987
Genre Post-punk, alternative dance, synthpop
Length 146:48
Label FactoryFACT 200
Producer New Order
New Order chronology
Brotherhood
(1986)
Substance
(1987)
Technique
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (A)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 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:

  • "Temptation" and "Confusion" were re-recorded in 1987 specially for Substance and none of the original versions appear.
  • "Ceremony" is the version recorded after Gillian Gilbert joined the band. The original trio version – the first New Order recording following the dissolution of Joy Division — would not be re-released until the Singles collection in 2005 and the re-release of Movement in 2008.
  • "The Perfect Kiss" (CD version only), "Sub-culture", "Shellshock" and "Hurt" are all edited down from their original 12" recordings.
  • "Cries and Whispers" is incorrectly labelled as "Mesh" on all versions, and only on the cassette version does the original "Mesh" actually appear, itself mistitled as "Cries and Whispers" (to add to the confusion, the iTunes Store release, based from the CD version, labels the "Cries and Whispers" as "Mesh (Cries and Whispers)").
  • "Sub-culture" is labelled as "Subculture", and "The Perfect Kiss" is labelled as "Perfect Kiss".

The standard tape version, due to the extra space befitting the format, also contains extra tracks in the form of "Dub-vulture", "Shellcock", 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.

An excerpt from the Substance version of Blue Monday

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

CD/DAT version[edit]

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

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

Cassette version[edit]

  • Some releases only contain the first cassette, which compiles the single A-sides. These versions (including the USA Qwest Records release) do not include the song "Murder".

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

Cassette one – Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ceremony"   Joy Division 4:23
2. "Everything's Gone Green"     5:30
3. "Temptation"     6:59
4. "Blue Monday"     7:29
5. "Confusion"   New Order, Arthur Baker 4:43
6. "Thieves Like Us"   New Order, Arthur Baker 6:36
7. "Murder"     3:55
Cassette one – Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "The Perfect Kiss"     8:46
9. "Sub-culture"     4:48
10. "Shellshock"   New Order, John Robie 6:28
11. "State of the Nation"     6:32
12. "Bizarre Love Triangle"     6:44
13. "True Faith"   New Order, Stephen Hague 5:55
Cassette two – Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In a Lonely Place"   Joy Division 6:16
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 Baker 7:38
8. "Lonesome Tonight"     5:11
9. "Thieves Like Us" (instrumental) New Order, Arthur Baker 6:57
Cassette two – Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "Kiss of Death"     7:02
11. "Dub-vulture"     7:57
12. "Shellcock"   New Order, John Robie 7:35
13. "Shame of the Nation"   New Order, John Robie 7:54
14. "Bizarre Dub Triangle"     7:00
15. "1963"   New Order, Stephen Hague 5:35
16. "True Dub"   New Order, Stephen Hague 10:41

Video release[edit]

Substance 1989
Video by New Order
Released 1989
Recorded 1983–1989
Genre Post-punk, alternative dance, synthpop
Length 40 minutes
Label Virgin Music Video, Factory
New Order chronology
Academy
(1989)
Substance 1989
(1989)
New Order Story
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 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. Title Writer(s) Director Length
1. "Confusion"   New Order, Arthur Baker Charles Sturridge 3:57
2. "The Perfect Kiss"     Jonathan Demme 9:29
3. "Shellshock"   New Order, John Robie Rick Elgood 3:15
4. "Bizarre Love Triangle"     Robert Longo 3:54
5. "True Faith"   New Order, Stephen Hague Philippe Decouflé 4:24
6. "Touched by the Hand of God"     Kathryn Bigelow 4:19
7. "Blue Monday 1988"     Robert Breer and William Wegman 4:07

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[6] 12
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 15
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.