Sunday, September 13, 2009

tO2: The Other Two 1992 advance promo

When New Order went to ground after 1989's Technique and the tour that followed, the band famously split into three camps: Bernard Sumner hooked with Johnny Marr (and occasionally Neil Tennant) to make Electronic; Peter Hook started Revenge, and the other two Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert formed, well, The Other Two.

Bernard's project scored the greatest acclaim (well, you would, if you featured the greatest UK indie guitarist in Johnny Marr paired up with Barney) and fame, Hooky's gig earned laughter (and a few points), while Steve and Gillian were basically ignored - and left to churn out perhaps the least-known, best-written, most New Order-ish material of the bunch.

Debuting on Factory in 1991 with the instantly-catchy single "Tasty Fish" (a track Factory boss Tony Wilson despised due to it's obscene poppiness), the Other Two then went on to record tracks for their as-then-untitled debut - which eventually received a Factory catalog number, FACT330, and saw at least several test pressings run off in September 1992. Prior to the LP being issued, Factory went bust in December 1992.

In the meantime New Order had regrouped and recorded Republic - an LP that divided fans' opinion of the band, and an LP that ended with a New Order track in name only, "Avalanche" - which was purely an Other Two contribution.

Though the Other Two's LP was technically ready for release, the re-activated New Order took all attention and focus. Meantime, US record company Qwest circulated at least a handful of promo cassettes of the Other Two's LP as well - at least six months prior to the record's eventual release, and David Sultan of states this promo cassette actually was run off in 1992. I remember listening to a dub of this Qwest promo, and the then-new New Order LP Republic, at roughly the same time in late spring/early summer 1993 - so it's entirely possible it existed in 1992.

The LP eventually saw release in October 1993 on Centredate/London Records in the UK, and Qwest in the US, entitled The Other Two & You.

Presented here is a very clean recent transfer of an actual Qwest promo cassette, the cassette itself dating from 1992 or early 1993. The tracks are mostly the same as the released version, but there are some significant differences in "Selfish" and the variant here is not available on any other release. There may be minor differences in the other tracks as well, but I've not given it a close A/B comparison.

So enjoy - in lossless FLAC too!

THE OTHER TWO The Other Two & You.
Qwest advance promo cassette, 1992/1993

01 Tasty Fish
02 The Greatest Thing
03 Selfish
04 Movin' On
05 Ninth Configuration

- - - A / B split here - - -

06 Feel This Love
07 Spirit Level
08 Night Voice
09 Innocence
10 Loved It (the Other Track)

The cassette originally featured a minute-long period of silence at the end of "Innocence" to give the appearance of "Loved It" being a hidden track, which I've preserved here.

Part I /// Part II /// Part III (three RAR files as usual, lossless FLAC)

enjoy! Links should all work out-of-the-box this time.


  1. Just in case people are confused.... I created the image above, adding the "Qwest advance..." text in Photoshop. Makes a nice cover in iTunes ;)

  2. Thanks muchly!

    I would say that this is the most exciting JD/NO -related post in the blogosphere as of late, but I know lots would disagree with me on that. ;)

  3. Am i crazy or do these RARs still not work. I dl them today (Oct 21) and get an error everytime on track 2

    CRC error...
    Unexpected End of Archive.

    Thanks for all the good work

  4. I knew the title of the album was already in print as early as November 1992, because I had an article on New Order covering all their releases and oddly "The Other Two & You" was already included there.

  5. PookGuy J: good spot on 'Ninth Configuration', the LTM reissue booklet says these were excised from the final release due to sample clearance issues.

    I don't hear a glitch/skip in Innocence at 2:00, BTW.

  6. Gillian seems to be working on the re release of The Other Two's work - re the Stephen Morris' interview here: Hope she'll do a good job on it!

  7. Just stumbled across your blog last night, really awesome stuff here! I actually have a promo copy of this on CD. Be glad to upload/share that with you. will message you directly to work out details...

  8. Just stumbled across your blog (and recycle) last night, some really great stuff here. I love this album, and I actually have a promo copy of it on CD. Be more than happy to share it. I will contact you directly to work out details...
    Keep up the great work...