New Order ‎– Confusion

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New Order's sixth single and their first collaboration with Arthur Baker. Released 22 August 1983.
Peaked at #12 in the UK singles charts and at #1 in the UK Indie charts.

Tracklist

Confusion 8:13
Confused Beats 6:30
Confusion (Instrumental) 7:33
Confusion (Rough Mix) 8:04

Versions (34)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Fac 93 New Order Confusion(12", Single, Emb) Factory Fac 93 UK 1983 Sell This Version
FAC 93 New Order Confusion(12") Factory FAC 93 Benelux 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93 New Order Confusion(12") Factory Fac 93 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
600893, 600 893 New Order Confusion(12") Factory, Factory 600893, 600 893 France 1983 Sell This Version
SWRL 2213, OF FACTORY 9 New Order Confusion(12") Streetwise, Of Factory New York SWRL 2213, OF FACTORY 9 US 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93, FAC NINETY THREE New Order Confusion(12") Factory, Factory Fac 93, FAC NINETY THREE Germany 1983 Sell This Version
GOOD 501, Fac 93 New Order Confusion(12") Factory, Factory GOOD 501, Fac 93 New Zealand 1983 Sell This Version
FAC 93 New Order Confusion(12") Factory FAC 93 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
FAC 93, 31-046 M, 31 046 M, 31-046 New Order Confusion(12") Factory, Factory, Nuevos Medios, Nuevos Medios FAC 93, 31-046 M, 31 046 M, 31-046 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
FACX 13, Facx 13, FACX-13 New Order Confusion(12") Factory, Factory, Factory FACX 13, Facx 13, FACX-13 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93 New Order Confusion(12", Bla) Factory Fac 93 1983 Sell This Version
SWRL 2213, OF FACTORY 9 New Order Confusion(12", Ltd, Promo) Streetwise, Of Factory New York SWRL 2213, OF FACTORY 9 US 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93 New Order Confusion(12", RP, 2nd) Factory Fac 93 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93 New Order Confusion(12", RP, 3rd) Factory Fac 93 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93, FAC NINETY THREE New Order Confusion(12", Single) Factory, Factory Fac 93, FAC NINETY THREE Germany 1983 Sell This Version
FAC 93 New Order Confusion(12", Single) Factory FAC 93 Belgium 1983 Sell This Version
FAC 93 New Order Confusion(12", Single) Factory, Base Record FAC 93 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93 New Order Confusion(12", Single, Emb) Factory Fac 93 Ireland 1983 Sell This Version
none New Order Confusion(12", TP) Streetwise none US 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93 New Order Confusion(12", W/Lbl) Factory Fac 93 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93 New Order Confusion(7") Factory Fac 93 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Of Factory 9 New Order Confusion(7", S/Sided, Promo, Blu) Rough Trade Deutschland, Of Factory New York, Factory Of Factory 9 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Of Factory 9 New Order Confusion(7", S/Sided, Promo, Gre) Rough Trade Deutschland, Of Factory New York, Factory Of Factory 9 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Of Factory 9 New Order Confusion(7", S/Sided, Promo, Gre) Rough Trade Deutschland, Of Factory New York, Factory Of Factory 9 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Of Factory 9 New Order Confusion(7", S/Sided, Promo, Lim) Rough Trade Deutschland, Of Factory New York, Factory Of Factory 9 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Of Factory 9 New Order Confusion(7", S/Sided, Promo, Pur) Rough Trade Deutschland, Of Factory New York, Factory Of Factory 9 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Of Factory 9 New Order Confusion(7", S/Sided, Promo, Red) Rough Trade Deutschland, Of Factory New York, Factory Of Factory 9 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Of Factory 9 New Order Confusion(7", S/Sided, Promo, Yel) Rough Trade Deutschland, Of Factory New York, Factory Of Factory 9 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Fac 93 New Order Confusion(7", W/Lbl) Factory Fac 93 UK 1983 Sell This Version
FACC 93 New Order Confusion(Cass, Single, C30) Factory, GAP Records FACC 93 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
YW-7419-AX New Order Confusion(12") Factory, Columbia YW-7419-AX Japan 1984 Sell This Version
YW-7419-AX New Order Confusion(12", Promo) Factory, Columbia YW-7419-AX Japan 1984 Sell This Version
80046 New Order Confusion(12", RE) Factory, Virgin 80046 France 1984 Sell This Version
QAL-249 New Order Confusion (Remix)(12") Minimal Records (2) QAL-249 US 1990 Sell This Version

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jason.gero.9

jason.gero.9

June 29, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Confusion, 12", Single, Emb, Fac 93
Trainspotter detail: the version of "Confusion" on this release has a nearly hard ending unlike the version on the bonus disc of the recent 2xCD reissue of PC&L which gradually fades out.
burgers66

burgers66

November 29, 2014
referencing Confusion, 12", Single, Emb, Fac 93
I noticed years ago, but have never seen it written anywhere, that during the chaotic 'why can't, why can't' backing vocal section near the end there is definitely somebody going 'you wan-ker, you wan-ker'. I would love to know if anybody else can hear it !
m00npatrol

m00npatrol

June 23, 2014
referencing Confusion, 12", Single, Emb, Fac 93
Has anyone ever conclusively proven how many legitimate colours exist for the German Rough Trade 7" pressing? The way I see it, the original colours were only four: red, lime green, blue, purple. Everything else is just a variant of these, arising from problems with colour mixing. This includes the darker greens, opaques and marbled versions. As for yellow colour cited in the notes here, has anyone actually eyeballed one?
steady-j

steady-j

March 31, 2013
referencing Confusion, 12", Single, Emb, Fac 93

Has anyone ever noticed if you look carefully at the pixellated lettering, you'll see that they are colour-coded - black is one letter and red/yelow/blue is another, with grey being the common pixels.
But if you decode you get Black = COWFUSIOR and R/Y/B = NEN ORDEN
(ignore the embossing which is logical)
This is the same on the back and front.

I wonder if this was deliberate or an error?
blotto649

blotto649

January 2, 2011
referencing Confusion, 12", Single, Emb, Fac 93
I've got a version of this 12" identical to this embossed first press, same color labels, matching info, etc. but there's no text in the runoff, and the matrix numbers are FAC 93 A3 / FAC 93 B3.
Anyone know of a 3rd UK pressing?
djopm

djopm

November 4, 2003
referencing Confusion, 12", Single, Emb, Fac 93
You can definitely hear the Arthur Baker/Jellybean Benitez team at work from The Funhouse club/New York. Listen to Freeeze I.O.U. and the two songs are basicly production cousins of each other. After completing the rough version of Confusion, Arthur Baker played it at the Funhouse Club on a reel to reel and break dancers thought it was an electro hip hop band. A true underground classic for the band now "vamped" for the techno heads who love The Blade version.
Braindead

Braindead

September 9, 2003
referencing Confusion (Remix), 12", QAL-249

Confusion was one of my least favourite New Order tracks, but from the moment I heard the Jean Michel Jarre loops in A2 & A3, it spoke to me. Then the flipside containing 2 old skool acid-house numbers!!! :)

I wonder if this where Pump Panel got the inspiration from?
It gave them the vocal too...easily put into that vocoder!
iamelectron

iamelectron

June 10, 2003
referencing Confusion (Remix), 12", QAL-249
I personally think this is an essential record - compared to the many atrocious attempts to cover/remix 'Confusion' this is a very fine attempt. The accapella is definitely a bonus though - drop it onto a sparse electro instrumental and watch them go wild!
mjb

mjb

January 11, 2003
referencing Confusion (Remix), 12", QAL-249

These are semi-official remixes; Arthur Baker co-wrote the song, and this record is on his label. The alternative mix is the most timeless of the bunch, but slow and sparse by today's standards. The ambient mix is sonically the most interesting, though not exactly ambient. It's hard to ruin the song, but Omar Santana sure tried. Perhaps the best thing about this release is the inclusion of a true acapella version, for rolling your own remix. Not an essential record, but recommended if you're a fan of this classic dance track.
iamelectron

iamelectron

August 8, 2002
referencing Confusion, 12", Single, Emb, Fac 93
Predominantly an Arthur Baker track - New Order were there but they didn't have a lot to do with the finished product. Still, that doesn't stop them from playing it live! Electro Bass fans should get this. Initial copies have an embossed sleeve.

"You just can't believe me
When I show you what you mean to me
You just can't believe me
When I show you what you cannot see"