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Substance (also known as Substance 1987 to distinguish it from the Joy Division compilation of the same name) 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 detailsEdit

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 especially for Substance and none of the original versions appears.
  • "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 mistitled "Subculture", and "The Perfect Kiss" is mistitled "Perfect Kiss".

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

In 2003, the album was ranked number 363 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.



Track listingsEdit

LP versionEdit

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 OrderJohn 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 OrderStephen Hague 5:55

[edit]CD/DAT versionEdit

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 OrderJohn Robie 6:28
10. "State of the Nation"   6:32
11. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   6:44
12. "True Faith"   New OrderStephen 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"   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. "The Kiss of Death"   7:02
11. "Shame of the Nation"   New OrderJohn Robie 7:54
12. "1963"   New OrderStephen Hague 5:35

[edit]Cassette versionEdit

  • 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 OrderJohn Robie 6:28
11. "State of the Nation"   6:32
12. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   6:44
13. "True Faith"   New OrderStephen 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. "The Kiss of Death"   7:02
11. "Dub-vulture"   7:57
12. "Shellcock"   New OrderJohn Robie 7:35
13. "Shame of the Nation"   New OrderJohn Robie 7:54
14. "Bizarre Dub Triangle"   7:00
15. "1963"   New OrderStephen Hague 5:35
16. "True Dub"   New OrderStephen Hague 10:41

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