New Order ‎– The Perfect Kiss

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New Order's 9th single. Released 13 May 1985 as 7" and 12".
It is the first New Order single to be included on a studio album at the same time.
The song has some famous musical elements, e.g. frogs croaking and, at the end of the track, some bleating of (synthesized) sheeps.

The single peaked at #46 in the UK charts.

Lasting nearly 9 minutes, the 12" single version only appears on the vinyl and cassette editions of Substance, while the CD omit 44 seconds of the climatic finale. The full version was eventually released unedited on the 2-disc deluxe edition of Low-Life, marking its first appearance on CD.

The versions on the album Low-Life and all post-Substance compilations are 4:48 edit, omitting the third verse (the one that mentions the song's title) and fading out before the climax. Most 7"s have on their A-side another version, further edited to down 4:24 (without the percussion introduction).

Jonathan Demme directed "The Perfect Kiss" video, set in the band's rehearsal room. It shows the band playing the song live from beginning to end. The video got cat# Fac 321.

Versions (45)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Single, Bla) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order Perfect Kiss(7", Promo) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FAC 123 New Order Perfect Kiss(7", Single, W/Lbl, DMM) Factory FAC 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
FAC 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12") Factory Records Australasia FAC 123 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
YW-7429-AX New Order The Perfect Kiss(12") Factory, Columbia YW-7429-AX Japan 1985 Sell This Version
RTD 022 T, RTD 02 2 T, Fac 1 2 3 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12") Rough Trade, Factory, Rough Trade, Factory RTD 022 T, RTD 02 2 T, Fac 1 2 3 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
FAC 123, FACT I23 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12") Factory, Factory FAC 123, FACT I23 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
FBN 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12") Factory Benelux FBN 123 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
31 139, Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12") Nuevos Medios, Factory 31 139, Fac 123 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
GOOD 70, FAC 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12") Factory, Factory GOOD 70, FAC 123 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
FAC 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12") Factory FAC 123 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
FACX 23 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12") Factory FACX 23 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
0-20330, 9 20330-0 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", ARC) Qwest Records, Qwest Records 0-20330, 9 20330-0 US 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Blu) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Blu) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
80174 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Maxi) Factory 80174 France 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Pin) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Pin) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2342 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Promo) Qwest Records PRO-A-2342 US 1985 Sell This Version
YW-7429-AX New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Promo) Factory, Columbia YW-7429-AX Japan 1985 Sell This Version
DJF 155 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Promo) Factory DJF 155 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
DJF 159 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Promo) Factory DJF 159 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
DJF 158 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Promo) Factory DJF 158 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
PRO-A-2342 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Promo, Pre) Qwest Records PRO-A-2342 US 1985 Sell This Version
0-20330, 9 20330-0 A New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", SRC) Qwest Records, Qwest Records 0-20330, 9 20330-0 A US 1985 Sell This Version
FAC 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Single) Base Record, Factory FAC 123 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Single) Factory Fac 123 Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", W/Lbl) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
RTD 022 T New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", W/Lbl) Rough Trade RTD 022 T Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", W/Lbl) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", W/Lbl, Pin) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(12", Yel) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
7FBN 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Mor) Factory Benelux 7FBN 123 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
DJ 81 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Promo) Factory DJ 81 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
7-28968 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Promo) Qwest Records 7-28968 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-28968 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Promo, Styrene) Qwest Records 7-28968 US 1985 Sell This Version
7-28968, 9 28968-7 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Single) Qwest Records, Qwest Records 7-28968, 9 28968-7 US 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Single) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
7-28968, 9 28968-7 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Single) Qwest Records, Qwest Records 7-28968, 9 28968-7 US 1985 Sell This Version
FAC 23 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Single) Factory FAC 23 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123/7 LAC New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Single, TP) Factory Fac 123/7 LAC UK 1985 Sell This Version
Fac 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Single, W/Lbl) Factory Fac 123 UK 1985 Sell This Version
7FBN 123 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Sum) Factory Benelux 7FBN 123 Belgium 1985 Sell This Version
0-20330 New Order The Perfect Kiss(Acetate, 12") Qwest Records 0-20330 US 1985 Sell This Version
FRS-89-5002 New Order The Perfect Kiss(7", Single) Factory FRS-89-5002 Philippines 1989 Sell This Version

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the_blank_from_hell

the_blank_from_hell

June 8, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing The Perfect Kiss, 12", Single, Bla, Fac 123
The quintessence of New Order in 8:46. Sheer perfection in music and design.
djease

djease

February 1, 2017
referencing The Perfect Kiss, 12", Single, Bla, Fac 123

I agree with Spacemoth below - this is a real masterpiece, a stroke of genius from a band at the top of their game. Brilliant piece of music.
Spacemoth65

Spacemoth65

November 16, 2016
referencing The Perfect Kiss, 12", Single, Bla, Fac 123
2015: Thirty years later - just look at how far New Order have fallen.........reduced to mere middle-aged shadows of their former selves with records that have become increasingly unessential [from 2005's '....Siren's Call' onwards and countless shoddy compilations / repackages with errors aplenty]. Re-evaluate this simplistically towering masterpiece - and remember their halcyon period this way.
Spatzo

Spatzo

May 17, 2016
referencing The Perfect Kiss, 12", YW-7429-AX

Hadn't played this in over 25 years, maybe longer. I can honestly say that I was blown away. The clarity, and ability to crank it till my ears almost bled was unbelievable. Having two subs didn't hurt either. The jam at the end is just awesome. Last, but not least, Japanese know how to press and package vinyl.
808-MAN

808-MAN

May 29, 2014
referencing Perfect Kiss, 7", Promo, Fac 123

Perfect Kiss-One of the best endings of a track ive ever heard! Just listen to it and youll find it just keeps going and going. Classic guitar and synth,drum machine riffs, definatly New Order at their finest. Top track
easylover586

easylover586

June 13, 2011
referencing The Perfect Kiss, 12", Blu, Fac 123
Epic! Words do not do this track justice.