Fine Time

Fac 223
November 1988


    7": AU 1988 (Factory/CBS FAC 223-7)
    7": CA 1988 (PolyGram 874 078-7)
    7": FR 1988 (Virgin 90507)
    7": GE 1988 (Rough Trade RTD 046)
    7": HO 1988 (Factory FAC 223-7)
    7": IT 1988 (Factory/CGD INT 10819)
    7": SW 1988 (Factory/MNW FAC 223-7)
    7": UK 1988 (Factory FAC 223-7)
    7": UK 1988 (Factory FAC 223-7) [pink sleeve promo]
   CSS: US 1988 (Qwest 9 21007-4)
        3:08    Fine Time
        4:30    Don't Do It

    7": US 1988 (Qwest PRO-S-3450) [white label promo]
   10": US 1988 (Grundman PRO-S2-3450) [one sided acetate]
        3:08    Fine Time (7" version)
        3:08    Fine Time (7" version)

   12": AU 1990 (Factory/CBS FAC 223)
   12": AU 1990 (Factory/Festival X14842)
   12": FR 1989 (Factory/Glory 80423)
   12": GE 1988 (Rough Trade RTD 046T)
   12": GR 1988 (Virgin VG 2126Z)
   12": IT 1988 (Factory/CGD INT 15388)
   12": SP 1989 (Nuevos Medios 31 341)
   12": SW 1989 (Factory/MNW FAC 223)
   12": UK 1988 (Factory FAC 223)
   12": UK 1988 (Factory FAC 223DJ) [pink sleeve promo]
   12": US 1988 (Grundman) [double sided acetate]
        4:42    Fine Time
        4:30    Don't Do It
        4:43    Fine Line

   12": AU 1988 (Factory/CBS FAC 223R)
   12": AU 1990 (Factory/Festival X14843)
   12": FR 1988 (Virgin 80428)
   12": GE 1988 (Rough Trade RTD 046TR)
   12": IT 1989 (CGD INT 15390)
   12": PH 1988 (Alpha Records FEP-89-7003)
   12": UK 1988 (Factory FAC 223R)
   12": US 1988 (Grundman) [double sided acetate] +
        6:15    Fine Time (silk mix)
        4:35    Fine Time (messed around mix)

   12": BZ 1989 (WEA 6wp.1005) [promo]
        3:05    Fine Time
        4:45    Fine Time
                Angel of Harlem [by U2]

   12": CA 1988 (PolyGram 827 277-1)
        4:42    Fine Time
        4:30    Don't Do It
        6:15    Fine Time (silk mix)
        4:43    Fine Line

   12": IT 1988 (CGD INT 15393) [promo]
        4:43    Fine Time
                [includes 3 tracks by other artists]

   12": US 1988 (Qwest 9 21107-0)
   12": US 1988 (Specialty Records 21107) [test press]
        3:08    Fine Time (7" version)
        4:42    Fine Time 
        4:43    Fine Line
        6:15    Fine Time (silk mix)
        4:35    Fine Time (messed around mix)
        4:30    Don't Do It

   CD5: AU 1988 (Factory/CBS FACD 223)
   CD5: AU 1990 (Factory/Festival D10143)
   CD5: GE 1988 (Rough Trade RTDCD 046)
   CD5: JP 1988 (Factory/Nippon Columbia 15CY-5022)
   CD5: UK 1988 (Factory FACD 223)
        3:08    Fine Time (7" version)
        6:15    Fine Time (silk mix)
        4:35    Fine Time (messed around mix)
        4:30    Don't Do It
 
   CMS: CA 1988 (PolyGram 827 277-4)
   CD5: CA 1988 (PolyGram 827 277-2)
        4:42    Fine Time ++
        4:30    Don't Do It
        4:43    Fine Line
        6:15    Fine Time (silk mix)
        4:35    Fine Time (messed around mix)

   CD5: US 1988 (Qwest PRO-CD-3423) [promo] +++
        3:08    Fine Time (7 inch edit)

   VHS: UK 1988 (Factory FAC 223) [promo]
        3:30    Fine Time

   VHS: US 1988 (Qwest ???) [promo]
                Fine Time

+   The remixes are named "Remix" and "Dub".
++  Actually "Fine Time (7" version)".
+++ The artwork for the CD5 is known to exist, but the release of the promo
    has not been confirmed by any collector. An on-line listing showed the
    CD5 for sale in 2008.

-   UK white label 12" promos for "Fine Time" exist.

Q: What is sung in the middle of the song?
A: As always, no one really knows, but an issue of "Smash Hits" suggests that the lyric goes like: "acid man said acid man said acid man said acid box it man". Other suggestions are: "man, acid man, box it man, acid man", "ec-sta-sy, ec-sta-sy", and "the past doesn't matter".

Q: Who sings the deep-voice part?
A: It is Bernard with an effects processor.

Q: What's with the sheep?
A: It is said that the sheep sample was used as a joke - a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that "Fine Time" was and 'acid' track - something that everyone was doing at the time in the UK. Sheep...i.e. following the flock...

Q: What is said at the end of Don't Do It?
A: [John Frye] "Don't Do It ends with a filtered, reversed clip from The Exorcist. I can't repeat it word for word as this message probably wouldn't get through the firewall but it is something like 'your mother sucks something somethings'".

Sleeves:

Fac 223-7

Fac 223

Fac 223R

UK promos

Sleeve
WLTP: AU|FR|UK|US
Sleeve
WLTP: AU|UK

US 12" test press

PRO-S-3450

US 12" acetates

Various 12"

Acetate: Sleeve|Label
WLTP
"Fac 223": Sleeve|Label A, B
"Fac 223R": Sleeve|Label A, B

IT vinyl

15CY-5022

CA CS

UK VHS

CA press sheet


Cross-reference:

[singles]
 
12x12" - New Order Vinyl Campaign
Round & Round
[albums]
 
? - (The Best Of) New Order
20 Years of New Order
Best Remixes
In Concert 577
International
New Order/Joy Division
Retro
Singles
Technique
Total
Various Maxis and Singles
 
[compilations]
 
Cream Cuts
Factory Records - Communications 1978-1992
Rareware: Lost Classics of the 80's
Varios
[dj remixes]
 
Fine Time
In Hindsight
[video]
 
? - (The Best Of) New Order
A Collection
A Factory Volition Video Presentation
New Order Story
Qwest Promo Video Compliation
The Videos
Warner Bros. Promo Compilation