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"Confusion" is a single released by British group New Order in August 1983 with the catalogue number FAC 93.[3][note 1] It was the follow-up to their breakthrough hit "Blue Monday" and is unique for having both Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner playing bass guitars on it. The song is produced by influential New York DJ Arthur Baker. As a result, it was recorded in New York, a rarity for the band. Three remixes served as B-sides on the initial 12" release: "Confused Beats", "Confusion Instrumental" and "Confusion Rough Mix". The two tracks on side A ("Confusion" and "Confused Beats") are mixed together, which when played in sequence, act as a thirteen and half minute long remix by Arthur Baker. The "Rough Mix" on side B is the original song mixed by New Order.

Confusion - New Order.jpg
Single by New Order
ReleasedAugust 1983
Format12-inch (1983)
CD (1995, 2002)
GenreAlternative dance[1]
Length8:12 (1983)
LabelFactoryFAC 93
New Order singles chronology
"Blue Monday"
"Thieves Like Us"


Music videoEdit

The video for the single features live footage of the band in concert, intercut with images of nightlife in New York City, specifically at the "Fun House", and producer Arthur Baker at work.

Other versionsEdit

An edit of the Rough Mix represents the single on the 2005 compilation Singles. A re-recorded "Confusion" as well as the original "Confusion Instrumental" appear on the group's 1987 Substance release. The track reappeared on the 1995 remix collection The Rest of New Order as an acid techno remix by Pump Panel, which was notably used in 1998 as part of the soundtrack for the film Blade. The Pump Panel remix features as samples on the tracks "Play It Louder" by Randy Katana and "Phatt Bass" by Warp Bros and Aquagen. The 2016 re-release of Singles includes the promo 7" edit of "Confusion".[4]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Arthur Baker, Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner; except where indicated.

12": FAC 93 (UK)
2."Confused Beats"5:19
3."Confusion Instrumental"7:38
4."Confusion" (Rough Mix)8:04
12": QAL-249 (US) – Minimal Records 1990 release
1."Confusion" (Alternative Mix)5:30
2."Confusion" (Essential Mix)5:10
3."Confusion" (Trip 1-Ambient Confusion)3:40
4."Confusion" (a cappella)1:17
5."Confusion" (Con-om-fus-ars-ion Mix)7:05
6."Confusion" (Ooh-Wee Dub)6:50
CD: FCD260 (UK) – ffrr 1995 release
1."Confusion" (Pump Panel Reconstruction Mix)10:11
2."Confusion" (Pump Panel Flotation Mix)9:15
CD: WACKT002 (UK) – Whacked Records 2002 release
1."Confusion" (Koma and Bones Edit)3:45
2."Confusion" (Arthur Baker 2002 Edit)3:09
3."Confusion" (Electroclash Edit)3:40
4."Confusion" (Outputs Nu-Rocktro Edit)3:41
5."Confusion" (Asto Dazed Edit)4:22
12": CAT 806 EP (UK) – Acid House Mixes by 808 State (1988) – 2004 release
1."Blue Monday" (So Hot Mix)Gilbert, Hook, Morris, Sumner7:47
2."Confusion" (Acid House Mix) 5:54
  • Released in 2004.

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia ARIA Singles Chart[5] 72
Irish Singles Chart 7
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 12
UK Indie Singles 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 5
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 71
Chart (2002) Peak
UK Singles Chart [A] 64
  • [A] – Whacked Records re-release


  1. ^ Howard, David N. (2004). Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings (1st ed.). Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 270. ISBN 978-0-634-05560-7.
  2. ^ ASCAP entry
  3. ^ New Order - Confusion at Retrieved 6 August 2009.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW, Australia: Australian Chart Book. p. 215. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.


  1. ^ The catalogue number given here is for the UK version. For other countries, see New Order - Confusion at Retrieved 6 August 2009

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