Regret (New Order song)
|Single by New Order|
|from the album Republic|
|Released||5 April 1993|
|Format||CD, cassette, 12", 7"|
|Genre||Alternative rock, new wave|
|Songwriter(s)||Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Hague|
|Producer(s)||New Order, Stephen Hague|
|New Order singles chronology|
"Regret" is a song by British alternative rock band New Order. It was released in April 1993 as the lead single from their album of the same year, Republic. Stephen Hague is credited as both the producer and as a co-writer. It was also the band's first single released through London Records following the collapse of Factory Records.
The single was released in a variety of formats around the world. The B-side of the single differed in the various releases, but all were remixes of "Regret", including the "Fire Island Mix", and "Junior Dub" by Pete Heller and Terry Farley, and two Sabres of Paradise mixes. The song was a commercial success, reaching the top 10 in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It peaked at number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100—New Order's highest placement on that chart—and reached number one on two other Billboard charts. Peter Care directed a music video for the song; the video appears on the "Regret" promotional VHS, as well as a DVD collection.
In 2010 Pitchfork Media included the song at number 34 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s. Tom Ewing of Freaky Trigger also named it his 37th favourite single of the 1990s. Peter Hook has said that "Regret" was the last good New Order song.
The song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart, the last time the band had a top five hit. "Regret" also peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the band's highest-charting single in the United States. The song also appeared on several other charts in the United States, including two terms at number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart (now the Alternative Songs chart). During its second term at number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, "Regret" also topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart on the strength of its remixes. At the end of 1993, "Regret" came in at number one on the Modern Rock Tracks' year-end chart. On Canada's RPM Top Singles chart, the song debuted at number 80 on 15 May 1993 and climbed to its peak of number six on 3 July, staying there for two weeks and spending six weeks in the top 10. It also reached number five on the RPM Dance chart on 17 July.
In 1993 New Order filmed a live performance of the song for Top of the Pops in Venice Beach California as part of an episode of the hit TV series Baywatch, featuring David Hasselhoff and various background actors and bikini-clad actresses dancing and playing on the beach. The band's performance was directed by notable music video and feature film director Thomas Mignone and was broadcast via satellite to the United Kingdom.
|7": NUO 1 / Cassette: NUOMC1 (UK & Europe)|
|1.||"Regret" (7-inch version)||4:07|
|2.||"Regret" (Extended Cut)||5:10|
|12": NUOX1 (UK & Europe)|
|1.||"Regret" (Fire Island Mix)||7:15|
|2.||"Regret" (Junior Dub Mix)||7:44|
|3.||"Regret" (Sabres Slow 'n' Lo)||12:49|
|4.||"Regret" (Sabres Fast 'n' Throb)||12:11|
|CD: NUOCD1 (UK & Europe)|
|1.||"Regret" (7-inch version)||4:07|
|2.||"Regret" (NewOrder Mix)||5:10|
|3.||"Regret" (Fire Island Mix)||7:15|
|4.||"Regret" (Junior Dub Mix)||7:44|
The song was covered by the American rock band The Get Up Kids and released on their compilation album Eudora in 2001. It was also covered by Greek synthpop band Marsheaux on their 2006 album Peekaboo.
In popular culture
- "New Order - Regret Attributes". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Ascap entry
- Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s
- Ewing, Tom. "Tom Ewing's Top 100 Singles Of The 90s". Freaky Trigger. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- MTV Hive: Peter Hook on Life After Joy Division and Why “Regret” Was the Last Good New Order Song
- "Flashback; New Order Hang With The Hoff". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone Magazine. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
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- "The RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
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- "Billboard Music Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. VNU Publications. December 9, 1993.