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"Everything's Gone Green" is the third single by the English alternative rock/electronic band New Order. It was released in December 1981 and reached number three on the UK Independent Singles chart,[2] number twenty-nine on the New Zealand RIANZ Singles chart[3] and number thirty-four on the U.S.Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.[4]

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 FBN-8. 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.

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 [hide*1 Recording and music

Recording and music[edit]Edit

"Everything's Gone Green" is reportedly the first song by the group to contain computer-generated sounds. 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".[5]

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".

Availability[edit]Edit

"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 and in its 7" mix on 2005's Singles.

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written and composed by Gillian GilbertPeter HookStephen Morris and Bernard Sumner

12": Factory Benelux FBN 8 (Benelux)
No. Title Length
1. "Everything's Gone Green"   5:33
2. "Cries and Whispers"   3:25
3. "Mesh"   3:00

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1981) Peak

position

New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[3] 29
UK Independent Singles Chart[2] 3
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Club Play[4] 64

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