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New OrderConfusion

Label:Factory – Fac 93
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Single, Embossed Sleeve
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Electro, Synth-pop

Tracklist

A1Confusion
EngineerC. Lord*, F. Heller*
8:13
A2Confused Beats
EngineerC. Lord*, F. Heller*
6:30
B1Confusion (Instrumental)
Engineer [Mix]C. Lord*, F. Heller*
7:33
B2Confusion (Rough Mix)
Engineer [Mix]C. Lord*, F. Heller*
8:04
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Sleeve comes in two variations: First edition with "Confusion/New Order" embossed (this), later releases are usually printed only, although embossed sleeves have been used on some.

Produced for ABI and FCL. Published by Shakin' Baker Music (BMI) and Bemusic. Recorded at Unique Studios, New York.

Side A mixed at Ears, New Jersey.
Side B mixed at Ears, New Jersey and Unique Studios, New York.

A Factory Record - Of Factory 9
A Factory Record - Of Factory New York made the arrangements.

The sleeve's spine lists only the catalog number in vertical lettering: FAC NINETY THREE .

Stamper/metalwork by Gedmal Galvanics, Leicester.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A - variation 1): FAC 93 A1 GG2 timtom-cbs
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B - variation 1): FAC 93 B1 GG.2 TY NOT THE WAY I WOULD'VE DONE IT!
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A - variation 2): FAC 93 A1 GGI timtom-cbs
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B - variation 2): FAC 93 B1 GG.I TY NOT THE WAY I WOULD'VE DONE IT!
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A - variation 3): FAC 93 A1 GGI timtom-cbs
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B - variation 3): FAC 93 B1 GG.2 TY NOT THE WAY I WOULD'VE DONE IT!
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A - variation 4): FAC 93 A1 GG9 timtom-cbs
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B - variation 4): FAC 93 B1 GG.9 TY O NOT THE WAY I WOULD'VE DONE IT! C
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A - variation 5): FAC 93 A1 GG2 timtom-cbs
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B - variation 5): FAC 93 B1 Ɛ GG.2 TY NOT THE WAY I WOULD'VE DONE IT!
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A - variation 6): FAC 93 A1 GG2 P timtom-cbs
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B - variation 6): FAC 93 B1 GG.2 TY O NOT THE WAY I WOULD'VE DONE IT!

Other Versions (5 of 47)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Confusion (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, No TRTs)Streetwise, Of Factory New YorkSWRL 2213, OF FACTORY 9US1983
Confusion (12", 45 RPM)FactoryFAC 93Netherlands1983
Confusion (12", 45 RPM)Factory, Factory, FactoryFACX 13, Facx 13, FACX-13Canada1983
Confusion (12", 45 RPM)Factory, FactoryFac 93, FAC NINETY THREEGermany1983
Confusion (12", 45 RPM)Factory, FactoryGOOD 501, Fac 93New Zealand1983

Reviews

djgaryciow's avatar
djgaryciow
John Robie programmed the drums on all the main Baker releases. They are basically his tracks.
Check C Bank releases for more
burgers66's avatar
burgers66
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's avatar
m00npatrol
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's avatar
steady-j
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's avatar
blotto649
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's avatar
djopm
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.
iamelectron's avatar
iamelectron
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"