True Faith

True Faith

"True Faith" is a 1987 track from New Order, produced by Stephen Hague. It was the first New Order single since their debut "Ceremony" to be issued in the UK as two separate 12" singles. The second 12" single features two remixes of "True Faith" by Shep Pettibone. Both versions of the 12" (and also the edited 7") also include the song "1963." It is one of New Order's most popular songs.

The single charted at #4 in the United Kingdom on its original release in 1987. The single also became the first New Order single to chart on the Hot 100 in the United States that same year and their first ever Top 40 hit, peaking at #32.

Original releases

New Order wrote and recorded "True Faith" and "1963" during a 10-day studio session with producer Stephen Hague. The two songs were written as new material for New Order's first singles compilation album, Substance 1987. After the two songs were recorded, the band's US management decided that "True Faith" was the stronger track and would be released as the new single, with "1963" as the B-side. "1963" was remixed and issued as a single in its own right in 1994.

"True Faith" was never used as a track on a regular album, though it did appear on most of New Order's "best of" collections (Substance 1987, The Best of New Order, Retro, "Singles" and International). The first public performance of the song took place at the 1987 Glastonbury Festival; this version appears on the group's BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert album.


The release of "True Faith" was accompanied by a surreal music video directed by Philippe Decouflé. In it bizarrely costumed dancers leap about, fight and slap each other in time to the music; while a girl in dark green makeup emerges from a flower bulb and signs the lyrics. The video has often been voted amongst the best music videos of its year. Sky Television's channel The Amp, for instance, has it rated as the best video of 1987, and it won the BPI award for Best Promotional Video in 1988. The overall tonality, themes and various elements from the video re-occurred in Decouflé's scenography and choreography for the inauguration ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.


As is the case for many New Order songs, the words in the title do not appear anywhere in the lyrics.

The song is about heroin addiction. This is more obvious in the original lyrics, which contain the line, "They're all taking drugs with me," in place of, "They're afraid of what they see." The line was changed at the last minute due to pressure from label executives, but the original line is often used when the band performs the song live.

The band was surprised by the fact that the single widened their audience with younger children, because the video's characters were reminiscent of children's programming, even though the real theme of the song is adult.

Re-releases & cover versions

A "True Faith" remix 12" single and CD single were released in 1994, and another "True Faith" remix 12" single and CD single were released in 2001. The 1994 remix charted in the UK at number 9.

The song was covered by a German punk rock band Donots on their 2002 album Amplify the Good Times.

The song was covered by punk band Ghoti Hook on their album "Songs We Didn't Write".

The song was covered in 2007 by eurodance artist Liz Kay. The cover appears on Clubland 12.

The song was also covered by hard rock band "Anew Revolution" for their 2008 debut album, "Rise".

In film

This track was used in the opening nightclub scene in Mary Harron's film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's novel American Psycho and in James Bridges's 1988 film adaptation of Jay McInerney's novel Bright Lights, Big City. It also appears at the end of the fourteenth episode of the third season of the American TV series "Queer as Folk".

Track listing

UK 7" - FAC 183-7

  1. "True Faith" (4:02)
  2. "1963" (5:32)

UK 12" 1 - FAC 183

  1. "True Faith" (5:55)
  2. "1963" (5:32)

UK 12" 2 - FAC 183R

  1. "True Faith (Remix)" (8:59)
  2. "1963" (5:32)
  3. "True Dub" (10:41)


  1. "True Faith (Remix)" (8:59)
  2. "Evil Dust" (3:43)
  3. "True Faith (7 inch)" (4:06)
  4. "True Faith (Video)"

True Faith-94 [UK CD]

  1. "True Faith-94 (Radio Edit)" (4:28)
  2. "True Faith-94 (Perfecto Radio Edit)" (4:05)
  3. "True Faith-94 (Perfecto Mix)" (6:23)
  4. "True Faith-94" (5:34)
  5. "True Faith-94 (TWA Grim Up North Mix)" (6:11)

True Faith-94 - NUO5 [UK 7"]

  1. "True Faith-94 (Radio Edit)" (4:28)
  2. "True Faith-94 (Perfecto Radio Edit)" (4:05)

Chart positions

True Faith 1987
Year Chart Position
1987 UK singles 4
1987 UK Indie singles 1 (3 weeks)
1987 IRE singles 5
1987 U.S. Hot 100 32
1987 U.S. Dance Play 3
1987 U.S. Dance Sales 10
1987 AUS singles 8
1987 NZ singles 4
True Faith-94
Year Chart Position
1994 UK singles 9
1994 IRE singles 11


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