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Album: SubstanceReleased: 1987Charted:
This track is about heroin addiction - the opening lyrics refer both to the hold that heroin gets on your body and the experience of a heroin trip. Like many New Order tracks, this song refers to the fight to get off drugs.
The video, which is still frequently shown in the UK today, further extends the analogies with the fight to get off drugs, depicting a "good vs. evil" type fight in a surreal manner, starting with two people smacking each others' faces in time with the drum beat.
The lyrics were changed at the last minute to sanitize the lines "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," due to pressure from the producer. The original lyrics are often used live. (thanks, Kian - Dublin, Ireland, for all above)
This song is playing in the club where Patrick Bateman, the main character of the 2000 movie American Psycho, played by Christian Bale, is partying with his friends at the beginning of the movie. (thanks, Rose Marie - Valencia, Spain)
The song returned to the UK singles chart in 2011 in the form of a cover by George Michael that was recorded for the Comic Relief charity.