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Substance
Compilation album by New Order
Released August 1987
Recorded 1981–87
Genre Post-punk, dance, pop, dance-rock
Length 146:48
Label Factory
Producer New Order
New Order chronology
Brotherhood
(1986)
Substance
(1987)
Technique
(1989)

Substance (also known as Substance 1987) is a compilation album by English alternative dance band New Order, released in August 1987 by Factory Records. It compiles all of the band's singles at that point in their 12-inch versions, along with their respective B-side tracks. The then-newly released non-album single "True Faith" is also featured, along with its B-side "1963".

Substance was released on vinyl, double CD, double cassette and Digital Audio Tape. It sold over one million copies and became New Order's most popular and critically acclaimed album.

Songs[edit]

An excerpt from the Substance version of "Blue Monday"

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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.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 5/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 5/5[7]

Substance was released in August 1987 by Factory Records.[8] According to Sputnikmusic, it showcased New Order's mix of post-punk and dance styles with 12-inch singles remixed for club play and became the band's "most popular, well known, highly rated [record] and arguably their most influential".[7] In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau said that the album's vinyl edition showcases New Order's discipline and chemistry as a band whose musical style is improved upon by the 12-inch mixes: "Pure rhythm machine with an ironically mysterious overlay of schlocky melody to help it go down, this album is a case study in sensationalist art, and I say the world is better for it."[2] Additionally, he called Substance "sublime" and "a revelation" in his column for Playboy.[9] Christgau named it the seventh best album of 1987 in his list for the annual Pazz & Jop critics poll.[10]

In 2003, Substance was ranked number 363 on Rolling Stone '​s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. According to the magazine, it had sold over one million copies by that time.[11] In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that the album revealed the band's strength as songwriters with a few of the best pop songs from the 1980s represented by "Blue Monday", "Bizarre Love Triangle", "Temptation", and "True Faith". According to Erlewine, it has been argued that the 12-inch mixes on Substance "represent New Order's most groundbreaking and successful work, since they expanded the notion of what a rock & roll band, particularly an indie rock band, could do."[1] Joe Gross wrote in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004) that the album is "pure pleasure" and serves as "a guidebook to 1980s pop", along with Prince's Purple Rain (1984) and Madonna's 1990 compilation The Immaculate Collection.[5] Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani was less enthusiastic and said that the album is "undeniably a product of its time".[6] In 2005, Will Hermes included Substance in his "definitive guide" to dance rock for Spin magazine.[12]

Track listings[edit]

LP version[edit]

All songs written and composed by New Order (Peter Hook, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner), 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]

  • Along with the vinyl edition's 12-inch singles compiled on disc one, the CD version included a second disc that collects the B-sides of those singles.[13]
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 (Peter Hook, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner), 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
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[14]

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 (Peter Hook, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner), 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[15] 12
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 15
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart[16] 4
Swedish Sverigetopplistan[17] 49
Swiss Music Charts[18] 10
UK Albums Chart[19] 3
UK Independent Albums Chart[20] 1
US Billboard 200 Albums Chart[21] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (1 December) (New York). Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 10 (4th ed.). p. 170. ISBN 0195313739. 
  4. ^ Q (London) (September): 97. 1993. 
  5. ^ a b Gross, Joe (2004). "New Order". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 582–83. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (2 November 2002). "New Order: Substance". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Sputnikmusic review
  8. ^ Strong, Martin C. (1998). The Great Rock Discography. Crown Publishing Group. p. 692. ISBN 0812931114. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (1988). "Madonna, Billy Idol, New Order, Earth Wind & Fire". Playboy (March). Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (1988). "Pazz & Jop 1987: Dean's List". The Village Voice (1 March) (New York). Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Anon. (2003). "363) Substance". Rolling Stone (New York) (1 November). Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Hermes, Will (2005). "The Definitive Guide to: Dance Rock". Spin (New York) (October). Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "New Order - Substance CD Album". CD Universe. Muze. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r86937
  15. ^ "Discography New Order". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  16. ^ "Discography New Order". Charts.ord.nz. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  17. ^ "Discography New Order". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  18. ^ "Discography New Order". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  19. ^ "Chart Stats: New Order". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  20. ^ "Indie Hits "N"". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 2011-01-08. [dead link]
  21. ^ "New Order > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 

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