Crystal (song)

Crystal (song)
Single by New Order
from the album Get Ready
B-side "Behind Closed Doors"
Released 13 August 2001
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative rock
Length 6:51 (Album version)
4:20 (Radio edit)
Label London
Writer(s) New Order
Producer Steve Osborne
New Order singles chronology
"Video 5 8 6"
"60 Miles an Hour"

"Crystal" is a song by the English rock band New Order, released as the first single from their seventh album Get Ready. The song entered the UK charts at number 8.

Backing vocals for the track are provided by Dawn Zee, who regularly tours with the band.

New Order performs this song live a semitone higher than the recording.

The song is notable for a remix contest in which there were thousands of entries around the world.[1]

The music video featured a drum set with the words "The Killers" on it, which was the inspiration for the name of the American rock band The Killers.



Singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner originally gifted the song to German record label Mastermind for Success and it was recorded by label artist Corvin Dalek. However, DJ Pete Tong heard the song and declared it to be the best New Order single since "Blue Monday", leading Sumner to reconsider the gift and have New Order record and release it.

A version of the single was also released in Japan to promote the release of the New Order DVD 316, and has a different cover that resembles the 316 cover. B-sides for the single were 4 live audio tracks taken from the DVD.[2]

The single was B-sided by a variety of remixes, and an original song titled "Behind Closed Doors".


The video, directed by Johan Renck (otherwise known as Stakka Bo) does not feature New Order; instead, it depicts a younger band miming to New Order's music and words. At the end, a large number of people come on stage to pull them off-stage.

The fictional band is named "The Killers" (the name appears on the bass drum in the video). This name later inspired a real band of the same name, who lifted a number of elements of the layout of the set in the "Crystal" video for their own video "Somebody Told Me". In 2005, at Scotland's T in the Park festival, New Order performed the song with The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers singing the main vocals in a guest performance.

The DVD single contains an alternate video, set to the "Special Circumstances Mix" of the song, and directed by Gina Birch and Simon Tyszko. It depicts a motorcycle ride through city streets at night, viewed through two side-by-side shots.

The cover art for the CD and DVD shows model Nicolette Krebitz removing her trousers.

Track listings


  1. "Crystal" (radio edit) – 4:19
  2. "Behind Closed Doors" – 5:24
  3. "Crystal" (Digweed & Muir 'Bedrock' Mix Edit) – 10:06


  1. "Crystal" (Digweed & Muir 'Bedrock' Radio Edit) – 4:16
  2. "Crystal" (Lee Coombs Remix) – 8:44
  3. "Crystal" (John Creamer & Stephane K Main Remix Edit) – 6:39


  1. "Crystal" [video] – 5:19
  2. "Behind Closed Doors" – 5:24
  3. "Temptation" [video] – 0:30
  4. "Isolation" [video] – 0:30
  5. "True Faith" [video] – 0:30

Japan CD single - WPCR-10985

  1. "Crystal"
  2. "True Faith" (Live, Reading Festival 1998)
  3. "Temptation" (Live, Reading Festival 1998)
  4. "Atmosphere" (Live, Reading Festival 1998)
  5. "Isolation" (Live, Reading Festival 1998)

US CD single

  1. "Crystal" (radio edit) – 4:19
  2. "Crystal" (Digweed & Muir Bedrock Radio Edit) – 4:16
  3. "Crystal" (Digweed & Muir Bedrock Mix) – 12:52
  4. "Crystal" (Digweed & Muir Bedrock Dub) – 10:33
  5. "Crystal" (Lee Coombs Remix) – 8:44
  6. "Crystal" (Lee Coombs Dub) – 7:04
  7. "Crystal" (John Creamer & Stephane K Main Remix) – 3:22
  8. "Crystal" (Creamer K Main Mix) – 11:25
  9. "Behind Closed Doors" – 5:24
  • Numerous "Crystal" 12" records have been released, each featuring differing remixes.

Chart positions

Chart (2001) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 8
Irish Singles Chart[4] 24
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales 19
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 53
German Media Control Singles Chart[5] 39
Preceded by
"Feel This 2001" by Robbie Rivera
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
20 October 2001
Succeeded by
"Yes!" by Amber


  1. ^ "New Order Remix Contest". Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  2. ^ "New Order - Crystal". Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - New Order". Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Charts Surfer - UK, German and French charts". Retrieved 2008-09-03. 

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