“Shellshock” is a single released by British group New Order in March 1986. The song originally appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Pretty in Pink one month prior to its single release. 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 featuring vocals by Jenny Burton.
The single had differing B-sides; in the UK the 7″ came with the recycled “Thieves Like Us Instrumental” which also turned up in the movie Pretty in Pink (although not on the soundtrack), while the US 12″ promo included a “Dub Mix”.
The 12″ boasts an extended remix 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 original Pretty in Pink soundtrack version was not used, as is widely believed, but an edited version of the 12″ remix cut down to six and a half minutes omitting an entire verse of vocals. It is this version that appears most often on CD. As yet, the 9:41 single remix remains unavailable on CD, but the Pretty in Pink soundtrack version contains all of the original vocals. The cover artwork on the 12 inch single is by English photographer Geoff Power and is unique in that the typo ‘Alex’ on the front top cover was not added by Peter Saville, the designer.
Shellshock (Extended Version) 9:41
Shellshock (Dub Version) 7:35
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint
Year Single Chart Position 1986 Shellshock U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #14 1986 Shellshock U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales #26
Label: A&M Records – SP-12174
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 45 RPM
Genre: Electronic, Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, New Wave, Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – John Robie
Written-By – John Robie, New Order
Promotion Copy – Not For Sale
(Original version appears on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “Pretty In Pink” SP-5113)
New Order courtesy of Factory Records.
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Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
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Artwork scanned at 600dpi