Latest update from Watchet Festival
On this date in 1987, NEW ORDER released the single TRUE FAITH, (July 20th, 1987).
Non-album single TRUE FAITH written with producer Steven Hague, had originally been slated for New Order's first singles compilation album Substance, along with the single’s eventual flip-side 1963. However, the two songs were viewed as such viably strong material that they were issued as a single in 1987.
True Faith proved a massive hit for the band, peaking at #4 in the UK charts and #32 in the US. It’s the band’s second biggest hit, only bettered by the Quincy Jones remix of Blue Monday ‘88 (#3) and equalled by the single Regret in 1993 (#4).
This joyous, sun-blessed tune owes its success to Bernard’s euphoric lyrics and classic guitar, Steve Morris’ stomping hard snares and Gillian Gilbert’s unflashy but melodic keys. There’s also some great interplay between the bass tones of the keyboard sequences and Hooky’s bass.
In the box booklet of ‘Palantine – The Factory Story’, Factory artist and music journalist Cath Carroll said of True Faith, “And ask not why this extravagant patch of pure blue, played first thing in the morning, can make you feel like… like Thatcher never happened. Here Stephen Hague introduced New Order to themselves all over again.”
Hooky and Sumner continue to be at odds with each other over the meaning of the lyrics.
“'True Faith' features some of the best New Order lyrics in my opinion, but no, it is not about heroin, that is not something that any of our lyrics ever touched on. I think it's clear to see though that the lyrics do reflect being under some sort of influence," says Hook. (2014 interview)
“’(True Faith)’ is about drug dependency. I don’t touch smack but when I wrote that song I tried to imagine what it’s like to be a smack-head and nothing else matters to you except that day’s hit,” says Sumner. (1999, Q Magazine)
The final version of the lyrics is apparently a ‘cleaned-up’ variant of the original. Following Steven Hague’s recommendation, the lyrics were changed from "When I was a very small boy, very small boys talked to me, now that we've grown up together, they're all taking drugs with me" to "they're afraid of what they see."
However, in live performances Sumner often enjoys returning the lyrics back to their original form.
Watchet Music Festival