NEW ORDER announce SUBSTANCE 1987 – 2023 collection

New Order
Credit: New Order, Scotland 1983 © Anton Corbijn

Today (13th September), New Order are delighted to announce a remastered set of formats of Substance 1987, released via Warner on 10th November. The 2023 collection will be available in 2LP, 2CD, 4CD deluxe edition, 2LP coloured vinyl and 2 cassettes. Also being made available are reissues of the 12” singles True Faith, True Faith Remix and Blue Monday 88.

Originally released via the legendary Factory Records, Substance compiled all of the band’s singles to that point in their 12” versions with many of their respective B-sides (on the CD and cassette versions), and specially new recorded versions of ‘Temptation’ and ‘Confusion’. The album also included the biggest selling 12” single of all time, Blue Monday, alongside other classic singles The Perfect Kiss, Bizarre Love Triangle and the band’s debut single release Ceremony.

The album is the band’s biggest selling to date, with over one million copies sold, going platinum in the US with a Top 5 hit in True Faith, which was accompanied by the seminal video directed by French choreographer Philippe Decouflé.

This newly remastered collection includes a double vinyl album, a double CD with b-sides, a double cassette and an expanded 4CD collection. The 4CD version includes the original 2CD set remastered with two additional CDs. CD3 expands the collection with alternate versions and extra b-sides. CD4 features an unreleased concert, Live from Irvine Meadows, California, on 12th September 1987, where the band uniquely played the entire album in sequence.

Substance 1987 remaster will also be available on 2LP – blue/red colour vinyl (retail exclusive) and double cassette – (New Order Store exclusive).





Everything’s Gone Green

Temptation 87

Blue Monday

Confusion 87

Thieves Like Us

The Perfect Kiss



State Of The Nation

Bizarre Love Triangle

True Faith


In A Lonely Place


Cries And Whispers


The Beach

Confused Instrumental

Lonesome Tonight


Thieves Like Us Instrumental

Kiss Of Death

Shame Of The Nation


CD 3

Ceremony (Original)


Temptation (12”)

Confusion (Original 12”)

Dub Vulture


Bizarre Dub Triangle

True Dub

Confusion (Dub 87)

True Faith (Remix)

CD 4

Live from Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, California 1987


Everything’s Gone Green

Temptation 87

Blue Monday

Confusion 87

Thieves Like Us

The Perfect Kiss



State Of The Nation

Bizarre Love Triangle

True Faith



Cassette 1

A1 Ceremony

A2 Everything’s Gone Green

A3 Temptation 87

A4 Blue Monday

A5 Confusion 87

A6 Thieves Like Us

A7 Murder

B1 The Perfect Kiss

B2 Sub-culture

B3 Shellshock

B4 State Of The Nation

B5 Bizarre Love Triangle

B6 True Faith

Cassette 2

C1 In A Lonely Place

C2 Procession

C3 Mesh

C4 Cries And Whispers

C5 Hurt

C6 The Beach

C7 Confusion Instrumental

C8 Lonesome Tonight

D1 Thieves Like Us Instrumental

D2 The Kiss Of Death

D3 Dub Vulture

D4 Shellcock

D5 Shame Of The Nation

D6 Bizarre Dub Triangle

D7 1963


Side 1


Everything’s Gone Green

Temptation 87

Side 2

Blue Monday

Confusion 87

Thieves Like Us

Side 3

The Perfect Kiss



Side 4

State Of The Nation

Bizarre Love Triangle

True Faith


True Faith

True Faith Remix

Blue Monday 88

New Order starts their UK and European Tour next month, Dates below:

Thursday 21st Copenhagen, Royal Arena
Saturday 23rd Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
Tuesday 26th Paris, Zénith
Friday 29th London, The O2

Sunday 1st Dublin, 3Arena
Thursday 5th Glasgow, OVO Hydro
Saturday 7th Leeds, First Direct Arena

Ticket information

From the ashes of the legendary band Joy Division, New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of all time.

After Ian Curtis tragically took his own life, Bernard Sumner (keyboardist and guitarist), Peter Hook (bassist) and Stephen Morris (drummer) re-formed the same year as New Order, with the addition of Gillian Gilbert (keyboardist and guitarist) and Sumner taking over as vocalist.

The sound of Joy Division overshadowed their debut Movement (1981); going forward the band combined post-punk with influences from New York’s club scene, the result was Power, Corruption & Lies (1983). 1983 also saw the release of “Blue Monday” which became the best-selling 12-inch single of all time, selling over 3 million copies worldwide.

New Order then released the albums Low-Life (1985), Brotherhood (1986), Substance (1987) and Technique (1989). Between several brief hiatuses and line-up alterations, Republic (1993), Get Ready (2001) and Waiting for the Sirens’ Call (2005) came out before Peter Hook’s departure in 2007.

Phil Cunningham joined the band in 2001, followed by Tom Chapman as bass player in 2011.

The band released their critically acclaimed tenth studio album, Music Complete in 2015, featuring guest vocals from Iggy Pop, Brandon Flowers and Elly Jackson of La Roux.

Never resting on their legacy, New Order continues to perform live around the world, playing some of the biggest shows of their career to date, headlining Manchester’s Heaton Park and London’s O2 in 2021 and a US arena tour with the Pet Shop Boys in Autumn 2022.


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