|Single by New Order|
|from the album Technique|
|Released||28 August 1989|
|Recorded||1988 at Mediterranean Studios, Ibiza, and Real World Studios, Box|
|Label||Factory - FAC 273|
|Writer(s)||John Denver, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner|
|New Order singles chronology|
"Run 2" was remixed by Scott Litt from the version on Technique, hence the appendage of "2" to the title. The main difference is that the song has been made more radio-friendly by editing down most of the long instrumental run-out and appending it with a final repeat of the chorus. Litt's mix strips back much of the echo and layers of synthesizers, and in place centres the mix on Sumner's vocal and the bass guitar of Peter Hook. Despite the effort taken to produce a radio single, only 20,000 of the Factory 12" release were ever pressed. 500 7-inch records were also pressed, for promotional use. The single was only released in the UK.
John Denver's publishing company filed a lawsuit, alleging that the guitar break in "Run" too closely resembled Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane". The case was settled out of court. The song has since been credited to New Order and John Denver.
"Run 2" is backed with the B-side titled "MTO". This song recycles the line "You've got love technique" from the group's previous hit single "Fine Time" (this is the only lyric in the track). An extended mix of "Run 2" with additional beats by Afrika Islam and an alternate 'minus' mix of "MTO" by Mike "Hitman" Wilson appear as B-sides on the 12" version of the single.
Peter Saville, the single's cover designer, claimed to have been inspired by the design of laundry powder packaging. The tiny print on the back of the sleeve says, "Cover by Peter Saville Associates after Bold."
|7": FAC 273-7 (UK)|
|1.||"Run 2" (Remixed by Scott Litt)||John Denver, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner||3:45|
|2.||"MTO" (Remixed by Mike 'Hitman' Wilson)||Gilbert, Hook, Morris, Sumner||3:43|
|12": FAC 273-12 (UK)|
|1.||"Run 2" (Remixed by Scott Litt)||Denver, Gilbert, Hook, Morris, Sumner||3:45|
|2.||"Run 2" (extended version) (Remixed by Scott Litt)||Denver, Gilbert, Hook, Morris, Sumner||5:22|
|3.||"MTO" (Remixed by Mike 'Hitman' Wilson)||Gilbert, Hook, Morris, Sumner||3:43|
|4.||"MTO" (Minus Mix) (Remixed by Mike 'Hitman' Wilson)||Gilbert, Hook, Morris, Sumner||5:24|
|UK Singles Chart||49|
|UK Independent Singles Chart||1|