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New OrderTouched By The Hand Of God

Tracklist

Touched By The Hand Of God7:02
Touched By The Hand Of Dub5:30

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Notes

New Order's fifteenth single, released on 07 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.

The title is a reference to Diego Maradona's hand goal for Argentina against England in the 1986 World Cup.
The release was accompanied in the UK by various promotional items, e.g. 30 Adidas Azteca Maya footballs with "New Touched By The Hand Of God Order" on them, t-shirts in black or white with "New Touched By The Hand Of God Order" on them.

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    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-07, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", 45 RPM, Single
    Factory – Fac193UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-07, CDTouched By The Hand Of God
    CD, Single, Gatefold
    Factory – Facd193UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-07, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Factory – Fac193/7UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-00, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", 45 RPM, Cream Labels
    Factory Benelux – FBN 839-6Benelux1987Benelux1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", 45 RPM
    Rough Trade – RTD 031T, Factory – Fac193Germany1987Germany1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", Single, 45 RPM
    Rough Trade – RTD 031, Factory – RTD 031, Factory – Fac193/7Germany1987Germany1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", 45 RPM
    Factory Benelux – FBN 839-7, Factory Benelux – Fac193/7Benelux1987Benelux1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-00, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", Single
    Factory – FACX 28, Factory – Facx 28Canada1987Canada1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", Promo, 33 ⅓ RPM
    Factory – DJF 261Canada1987Canada1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-00, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", White Label
    Factory – FAC 193UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, White Label
    Factory – Fac193-7UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", 45 RPM
    Factory – Fac193, Factory – Fac 193, MNW – Fac 193Scandinavia1987Scandinavia1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    MNW – Fac193/7, Factory – Fac 193/7, MNW – Fac193-7, Factory – Fac193-7Scandinavia1987Scandinavia1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", Single
    Factory – 31 288 M, Factory – 31 288, Nuevos Medios – 31 288 M, Nuevos Medios – 31 288Spain1987Spain1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", 45 RPM
    Factory – INT 15347Italy1987Italy1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", Single, 45 RPM
    CGD – INT 10779, Factory – Fac193/7Italy1987Italy1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", Maxi-Single, 45 RPM
    Factory – FAC 193Greece1987Greece1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-12, VHSTouched By The Hand Of God
    VHS, Advance, PAL
    Factory – FAC193UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-05, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", Test Pressing
    Factory Records Australasia – FAC 193Australia1987Australia1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-00, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", Single, Promo, White Label
    Factory – Fac193UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", 45 RPM, Single, Promo, White Label
    Factory – Fac193-7UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-00, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", White Label, MPO
    Factory – Fac193UK1987UK1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-07, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", Single
    Factory – Fac193Ireland1987Ireland1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-07, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Factory – Fac193/7Ireland1987Ireland1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1987-12-00, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", 45 RPM, Single, Silver Labels
    Factory Benelux – FBN 839-6Benelux1987Benelux1987
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1988-02-00, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", Maxi-Single
    Factory – 80353France1988France1988
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1988, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", 45 RPM, Single
    Factory – 90384France1988France1988
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1988-01-00, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12"
    Factory Records Australasia – Fac 193, Factory Records Australasia – Fac193Australia1988Australia1988
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1988-01-00, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    7", 45 RPM
    Factory Records Australasia – Fac 193/7, Factory Records Australasia – Fac193/7Australia1988Australia1988
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1988-02-21, CDTouched By The Hand Of God
    CD, Mini, Single
    Factory – 10CY-8010, Factory – CY 8010Japan1988Japan1988
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1988-01-00, CDTouched By The Hand Of God
    CD, Single
    Factory – 15CY-5017, Factory – CY-5017Japan1988Japan1988
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1988-01-21, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", 45 RPM
    Factory – YW-7441Japan1988Japan1988
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1988-01-21, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", 45 RPM, Promo
    Factory – YW-7441Japan1988Japan1988
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1988, CDTouched By The Hand Of God
    CD, Mini, Single, Promo
    Factory – 10CY-8010, Factory – CY 8010Japan1988Japan1988
    Cover of Touched By The Hand Of God, 1989, VinylTouched By The Hand Of God
    12", 45 RPM, Single
    Factory – FAC 193Philippines1989Philippines1989
    Touched By The Hand Of God
    12", Reissue
    Festival Records – X 14846, Factory – Fac193Australia1990Australia1990

    Recommendations

    Reviews

    • mhrobbins25's avatar
      mhrobbins25
      Sounds excellent cranked on my system. Super rich, deep sound- so many layers but there's such a high level of clarity and separation that there's no muddiness and nothing is lost in the mix. The monitors I used are rather boomy, and they were still able to deliver such a delicate and precise level of crispness. Even Bernard's quieter vocals are easy to make out and aren't drowned out at high volumes. However, There seems to be some sibilance? more so toward the middle/end of the track, but I'm not sure if it's my system or the recording itself. It's very mild and doesn't impact my enjoyment a single bit. I'm sure this will sound even better through headphones or on my more sensitive system. I'm very pleased with my copy of this release, and the alternate metallic silver Factory Benelux labels are handsome (even though the UK Peter Saville labels are iconic in their own right). I wonder how this pressing compares to its UK counterpart?
      • duncanbell23's avatar
        duncanbell23
        I have had to flag the notes up top for misuse of the word 'hilariously'.
        • djmikecastillo's avatar
          To my knowledge this is the only release where you can find this version of "Confusion (Dub 1987)".
          • mrjez's avatar
            mrjez
            Really full dynamic press, great beefy sound with plenty of brightness at the high-end, a hint of sibilance on the vox that I can live with.
            • ddg1979's avatar
              ddg1979
              New order band name in the video for touched? :The Killers.Brandon flowers inspiration
              • yeahyeahnoh's avatar
                yeahyeahnoh
                Comes with round sticker NEW TOUCHED BY THE HAND GOD ORDER
                • JJ_Amblin's avatar
                  JJ_Amblin
                  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's avatar
                    iamelectron
                    A song about Maradonna and that infamous hand ball at the World Cup.

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