New Order ‎– Touched By The Hand Of God

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New Order's fifteenth single, released on Factory in December 1987 as 7", 12" and CD-Single.
Originally written for the movie soundtrack Salvation!, the single versions are much more refined and the title track was remixed by Arthur Baker.

The music video was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and contains footage of the band hilariously dressed up as a hairy heavy-metal act. Also featured are actors Bill Paxton and Rae Dawn Chong.

Peaked at # 20 of the UK singles charts.

Versions (35)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Fac193/7 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7", Single) Factory Fac193/7 UK 1987 Sell This Version
FBN 839-6 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12") Factory Benelux FBN 839-6 Benelux 1987 Sell This Version
Fac193, Fac 193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12") Factory, Factory, MNW Fac193, Fac 193 Sweden 1987 Sell This Version
INT 15347 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12") Factory INT 15347 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
RTD 031T, Fac193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12") Rough Trade, Factory RTD 031T, Fac193 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
FAC 193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Maxi) Factory FAC 193 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
DJF 261 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Promo) Factory DJF 261 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
31 288 M, 31 288 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Single) Factory, Factory, Nuevos Medios, Nuevos Medios 31 288 M, 31 288 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
FACX 28, Facx 28 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Single) Factory, Factory FACX 28, Facx 28 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
Fac193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Single) Factory Fac193 Ireland 1987 Sell This Version
Fac193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Single) Factory Fac193 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Fac193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Single, Promo, W/Lbl) Factory Fac193 UK 1987 Sell This Version
FAC 193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", TP) Factory Records Australasia FAC 193 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
FAC 193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", W/Lbl) Factory FAC 193 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Fac193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", W/Lbl, MPO) Factory Fac193 UK 1987 Sell This Version
FBN 839-7, Fac193/7 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7") Factory Benelux, Factory Benelux FBN 839-7, Fac193/7 Benelux 1987 Sell This Version
Fac 193/7, Fac193/7 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7") Factory Records Australasia, Factory Records Australasia Fac 193/7, Fac193/7 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
INT 10779, Fac193/7 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7", Single) CGD, Factory INT 10779, Fac193/7 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
Fac193/7, Fac 193/7, Fac193-7 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7", Single) MNW, Factory, MNW, Factory Fac193/7, Fac 193/7, Fac193-7 Sweden 1987 Sell This Version
RTD 031, Fac193/7 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7", Single) Rough Trade, Factory, Factory RTD 031, Fac193/7 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Fac193/7 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7", Single) Factory Fac193/7 Ireland 1987 Sell This Version
Fac193-7 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7", Single, Promo, W/Lbl) Factory Fac193-7 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Fac193-7 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7", Single, Promo, W/Lbl) Factory Fac193-7 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Facd193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(CD, Single, Gat) Factory Facd193 UK 1987 Sell This Version
FAC193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(VHS, Promo, PAL) Factory FAC193 UK 1987 Sell This Version
Fac 193, Fac193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12") Factory Records Australasia, Factory Records Australasia Fac 193, Fac193 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
YW-7441 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12") Factory YW-7441 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
80353 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Maxi) Factory 80353 France 1988 Sell This Version
YW-7441 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Promo) Factory YW-7441 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
90384 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(7", Single) Factory 90384 France 1988 Sell This Version
10CY-8010, CY 8010 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(CD, Mini, Single) Factory, Factory 10CY-8010, CY 8010 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
10CY-8010, CY 8010 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(CD, Mini, Single, Promo) Factory, Factory 10CY-8010, CY 8010 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
15CY-5017, CY-5017 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(CD, Single) Factory, Factory 15CY-5017, CY-5017 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
FAC 193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", Single) Factory FAC 193 Philippines 1989 Sell This Version
Fac193 New Order Touched By The Hand Of God(12", RE) Factory Fac193 Australia 1990 Sell This Version

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ddg1979

ddg1979

July 24, 2018
referencing Touched By The Hand Of God, 7", Single, Fac193/7
New order band name in the video for touched? :The Killers.Brandon flowers inspiration
yeahyeahnoh

yeahyeahnoh

January 4, 2014
referencing Touched By The Hand Of God, 12", FBN 839-6
Comes with round sticker NEW TOUCHED BY THE HAND GOD ORDER
JJ_Amblin

JJ_Amblin

June 14, 2003
referencing Touched By The Hand Of God, 12", Single, Fac193
Less than a year on from writing one of synthpop's greatest "head-over-heels" love songs, New Order came up with one of its greatest break-up songs. Originally recorded for the movie soundtrack "Salvation!" (the film being produced by Michael Shamberg, the man responsible for many of New Order's distinctive promo clips), "Touched By The Hand Of God" was made more dancefloor-friendly for single release and the result was another classic 12", this one with a bit of a disco feel to it, but unmistakeably New Order. I've never seen the full-length version compiled anywhere, but would definitely rate it a "must-have" item for NO fans, well worth putting in the effort to seek out the original single.
iamelectron

iamelectron

August 9, 2002
referencing Touched By The Hand Of God, 12", Single, Fac193
A song about Maradonna and that infamous hand ball at the World Cup.