Ceremony (4:22)

Cover of Substance 1987

From Substance 1987 and 39 other releases

Written by Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris & Peter Hook.
Produced by Martin Hannett.

Released February 1981 on Ceremony.

Notes The first New Order track though actually written in the last days of Joy Division. The first version of ‘Ceremony’ was recorded as a 3-piece in September 1980 during New Order’s first US tour. They later re-recorded the track with new member, Gillian Gilbert, which was released in July 1981. The original 3-piece recording is only to be found on the 2005 New Order retrospective Singles. A live version by Joy Division is on the album Still and it’s very rough demo is found on the JD box-set Heart and Soul.


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  • Elephant_E

    The alternative 12" version is the best version of the song.

    19 Oct 4:50pm Reply
  • ilhammaulana


    11 Oct 6:25am Reply
  • marjo47

    Love their music.

    11 Sep 2:35pm Reply
  • sarakons

    love this song

    3 Sep 11:15am Reply
  • xtcmac

    it would i think have been joy division's greatest if he'd survived the vocals would have been so more heartfelt still a great track

    2 Aug 4:38pm Reply
  • MatheusKF

    i still can't accept that ian had no chance to record in good quality what is in my opinion his masterpiece,

    1 Aug 8:13am Reply
  • ladapower

    great track!!!!!!!! :)

    29 May 4:52pm Reply
  • schwedenede71

    noch fast wie früher......:-)

    27 May 1:56pm Reply
  • xtcmac

    echoes of the great joy division still remain

    24 May 4:34pm Reply
  • FolkBlackDoom

    Post-punk. What a great track.

    17 Apr 7:49pm Reply
  • stephwho

    2:57 onwards > POWERFUL as fvck

    15 Apr 5:28am Reply
  • xtcmac

    just blows me away like it did in1981

    3 Apr 12:53pm Reply
  • sraahjean

    oh my

    26 Mar 5:06am Reply
  • YagoMM

    The original version is 4:38 long. The 4:22 one is the alternative 12'' version, released in September 1981. It's irrelevant, I know, but last.fm turn me into a tag freak.

    18 Feb 1:22am Reply
  • mlittle2005

    Quoting heroine-pretend..."This song makes me cry for some reason, I just find it to be really somber." You and me both.... :(

    29 Jan 5:55am Reply
  • IsometricRubies

    For all I know, there are no recordings of this song performed by Joy Division in good quality, too bad.

    1 Jan 2:50am Reply
  • heroine-pretend

    This song makes me cry for some reason, I just find it to be really somber.

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • zman164


    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • maandie

    this is my jam

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Da_booka

    @AwesomeMatthew echos me, my big sis got Technique and I never looked back!

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
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