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"Regret" is a song by British alternative rock band New Order. It was released in April 1993 as the lead single from their album of the same year, Republic. Stephen Hague is credited as both the producer and as a co-writer. It was also the first single released under London Records following the collapse of Factory Records.

New Order Regret.jpg
Single by New Order
from the album Republic
Released 5 April 1993
Format CD, cassette, 12", 7"
Recorded 1992
Length 4:08
Label London
Songwriter(s) Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Hague[1]
Producer(s) New Order, Stephen Hague
New Order singles chronology
"World in Motion"
"Ruined in a Day"
"World in Motion"
"Ruined in a Day"

The single was released in a variety of formats around the world. The B-side of the single differed in the various releases, but all were remixes of "Regret", including the "Fire Island Mix", and "Junior Dub" by Pete Heller and Terry Farley, and two Sabres of Paradise mixes. Peter Care directed a music video for the song; the video appears on the "Regret" promotional VHS, as well as a DVD collection.

In 2010 Pitchfork Media included the song at number 34 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[2] Tom Ewing of Freaky Trigger also named it his 37th favourite single of the 1990s.[3] Peter Hook has said that “Regret” was the last good New Order song.[4]


Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Hague, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner.

7": NUO 1 / Cassette: NUOMC1 (UK & Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Regret" (7-inch version) 4:07
2. "Regret" (Extended Cut) 5:10
12": NUOX1 (UK & Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Regret" (Fire Island Mix) 7:15
2. "Regret" (Junior Dub Mix) 7:44
3. "Regret" (Sabres Slow 'n' Lo) 12:49
4. "Regret" (Sabres Fast 'n' Throb) 12:11
CD: NUOCD1 (UK & Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Regret" (7-inch version) 4:07
2. "Regret" (NewOrder Mix) 5:10
3. "Regret" (Fire Island Mix) 7:15
4. "Regret" (Junior Dub Mix) 7:44

Chart performanceEdit

The song reached #4 on the UK Singles Chart, the last time the band had a top five hit. "Regret" also peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, thus becoming the band's highest-charting single in the United States. The song also appeared on several other charts in the United States, including two terms at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. During its second term at #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, "Regret" also topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart on the strength of its remixes.

Notable performances and cover versionsEdit

In 1993 New Order filmed a live performance of the song for Top of the Pops in Venice Beach California as part of an episode of the hit TV series Baywatch, featuring David Hasselhoff and various background actors and bikini-clad actresses dancing and playing on the beach. The band's performance was directed by notable music video and feature film director Thomas Mignone and was broadcast via satellite to the United Kingdom.[10]

The song was covered by the American rock band The Get Up Kids and released on their compilation album Eudora in 2001. It was also covered by Greek synthpop band Marsheaux on their 2006 album Peekaboo.

The video for "Regret" appears in the PSP game Lumines II.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ascap entry
  2. ^ Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 90s
  3. ^ Ewing, Tom. "Tom Ewing's Top 100 Singles Of The 90s". Freaky Trigger. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  4. ^ MTV Hive: Peter Hook on Life After Joy Division and Why “Regret” Was the Last Good New Order Song
  5. ^ " > New Order - Regret". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-09-10. 
  6. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > New Order – Regret (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Official Charts > New Order". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-09-21. 
  9. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Flashback; New Order Hang With The Hoff". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone Magazine. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

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