Everything's Gone Green

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"Everything's Gone Green"
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Single by New Order
  • "Cries and Whispers"
  • "Mesh"
ReleasedDecember 1981
Format12-inch single, Compact Disc (1990)
GenrePost-punk, synthpop[1]
LabelFactory Benelux
Songwriter(s)Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner[2]
Producer(s)Martin Hannett
New Order singles chronology
"Everything's Gone Green"

"Everything's Gone Green" is the third single by the English rock band New Order, released in December 1981.

As usual per New Order and Joy Division's releases, the recording date and location of the music is not disclosed on the original sleeve. The single was originally released in Belgium on Factory Benelux and bears the catalogue number FBN8. The single was later released in New Zealand in 1982 and was made available in the UK through import copies. The artwork was designed by Peter Saville with computer graphics on the cover designed by Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert.

Recording and music[edit]

The song had already been released in an edited form, as a B-side on the single "Procession" in September of the same year. All tracks were produced by Martin Hannett and was the last work he did with New Order. Hannett previously produced Movement and both of Joy Division's studio albums. Hannett and the group had worked together fractiously, caused by the producer's unorthodox techniques and the band's (especially Sumner's) desire to co-produce. Bernard Sumner remarked retrospectively that "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]

Two original songs, "Cries and Whispers" and "Mesh" are included as B-sides. Both have been commonly mis-titled on releases by the group. The track names of the B-sides are correctly identified on the label, but are in the wrong order on the sleeve. This led to their being misidentified on subsequent releases; for example, the track identified as "Mesh" on the CD version of the Substance compilation is actually "Cries and Whispers". For the 2019 12" single reissue, the tracks are properly labelled on the rear sleeve cover, with "Cries and Whispers" being listed before "Mesh".


"Everything's Gone Green" and "Mesh" were re-released the following year on the 1981 – 1982 EP, along with the tracks from the "Temptation" 12". The single was re-released as a CD in 1990. All three tracks appear together on the cassette version of Substance in 1987 and were remastered and appear on the 2008 Collector's Edition of the 1981 album Movement.

"Everything's Gone Green" does not appear on the majority of New Order's compilations; aside from Substance the song appears in remixed form (by Dave Clarke) on 1995's The Rest of New Order, in both its original form and a live recording on 2002's Retro, in its 7" mix on 2005's Singles, and in its 12" mix on the second disc of the 2008 collector's edition re-release of Movement.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner.

12": Factory Benelux FBN 8 (Benelux)
1."Everything's Gone Green"5:33
2."Cries and Whispers"3:25


Chart (1981) Peak
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[4] 29
UK Independent Singles Chart[5] 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[6] 64


  1. ^ Hsu, Hua. "Better Than Prozac". Slate. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. ^ ASCAP entry
  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.org.nz. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  5. ^ "Indie Hits "N"". Cherry Red Records. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2 Oct 2008.
  6. ^ "New Order: Billboard singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-11-23.

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