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“World in Motion” is a song by New Order. It is New Order’s first and only single to reach number one in the UK Top 40. The song was released under the name Englandneworder, and was produced for the England football team’s 1990 World Cup campaign. As a result it features several members of the 1990 English team, as well as comedian Keith Allen, who co-wrote the lyrics. Originally it was going to be called E for England but the FA, worried by the reference to the drug ecstasy, vetoed that title.

The backing track for the chorus of World in Motion bore similarities to the instrumental theme tune for the DEF II current-affairs show, Reportage. This had been written for the show by Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, also of New Order (and who would later be known as The Other Two). The song was produced by Stephen Hague, who had also produced one of the group’s earlier hits, “True Faith”.

The single’s B-side, in reality an early version of the A-side, was cleverly titled “The B-Side”, extending the football theme of the release, and was produced by former Swans member Roli Mosimann. The single was released in May 1990 with the catalogue number FAC 293. It was New Order’s last release on Factory Records.

In 1996, a remixed version appeared on a various artists album called The Beautiful Game, released to tie in with Euro 96.

The single was re-released for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, this time with the track “Such a Good Thing” replacing “The B-Side”.

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