Ceremony (4:22)

Cover of Substance 1987

From Substance 1987 and 40 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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  • hiddenreverse

    This would have been such a great JD song

    20 Jan 7:36pm Reply
  • norco77

    one of the best songs Ever.

    3 Jan 6:45am Reply
  • b4arbara

    This song is so beautifully painful. It makes me feel homesick of a place I never been, and nostalgic for things that never happened.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • tinforhal

    delicate and spooky - this is what we wanted

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Motverkande

    I still can't accept that Ian had no chance to record in good quality what is in my opinion his masterpiece [2]

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • chenne17

    one of the best songs ever

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Elephant_E

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

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ilhammaulana


    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    Love their music.

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sarakons

    love this song

    3 Sep 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • ladapower

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

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • schwedenede71

    noch fast wie früher......:-)

    27 May 2014 Reply
  • xtcmac

    echoes of the great joy division still remain

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • FolkBlackDoom

    Post-punk. What a great track.

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • stephwho

    2:57 onwards > POWERFUL as fvck

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • xtcmac

    just blows me away like it did in1981

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • sraahjean

    oh my

    26 Mar 2014 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 2014 Reply
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