New Order | 1981 – Factus 8 – 1982
1981 – Factus 8 – 1982 contains New Order's second single, “Procession” / “Everything's Gone Green”, from September 1981, and an extended version of “Temptation”, a shorter version of which had originally been released as the group's third single in April 1982. The sleeve was designed by Peter Saville and uses a painting Factus 8 from his then-girlfriend Martha Ladly.
The EP—in particular its version of “Temptation”—signaled a critical turning point in the development of New Order as the group shifted from simply being the remnants of Joy Division after the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis to being a singular band in its own right. The EP is frequently viewed as a bridge from the group's Joy Division-like debut album, Movement, to the new electronic-based sound contained on its second album, Power, Corruption & Lies.
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The Village Voice
- Everything’s Gone Green
music critic Robert Christgau
described the EP’s version of “Temptation” as being
where Manchester’s finest stop hearing ghosts and stake their claim to a danceable pop of unprecedented grimness and power,
noting that it was
the first real song this sharp-cornered sound-and-groove band has ever come up with.