Shellshock (song)


Shellshock (song)

Infobox Single
Name = Shellshock


Artist = New Order
from Album = Pretty in Pink soundtrack
Released = March 1986
Format = 7", 12"
Recorded = ???
Genre = Dance
Length = 4:24
Label = Factory - FAC 143
Producer = New Order, John Robie
Last single = "Sub-culture"
(1985)
This single = "Shellshock"
(1986)
Next single = "State of the Nation"
(1986)

"Shellshock" is a single released by British group New Order in March 1986. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the movie "Pretty in Pink" of the same year. Production is credited to New Order and John Robie, and is loosely inspired by the 1983 Robie produced R&B club hit, "One More Shot;" a studio project where Robie performed under the band name, C-Bank, and featured vocals by Jenny Burton.

The single had differing b-sides; in the UK (catalogue number: FAC 143) the 7" inch came with the recycled "Thieves Like Us Instrumental" which also was turned up in the movie "Pretty in Pink" (although not on the soundtrack), while the 12" had a remix titled "Shellcock". The US release had the also previously released "Thieves Like Us".

The 12" boasts an extended version of the song running nearly ten minutes, arguably New Order's longest recording behind the original cut of "Elegia". For the release of the popular singles compilation "Substance" the Pretty in Pink soundtrack version was used, this differs from both the 7" and 12" versions, running at six and a half minutes, it is this version which appears most often on CD.

Although not considered one of New Order's great singles, "Shellshock" is nonetheless fairly representative of the band's trademark sound.

Track listing

UK 7" - FAC 143

#"Shellshock" (4:19)
#"Thieves Like Us (Instrumental Edit)" (3:55)

UK 12" - FAC 143

#"Shellshock" (9:41)
#"Shellcock" (7:35)

Chart positions


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