Republic is the sixth studio album by New Order. Released in 1993, four years after the massively acclaimed Technique, the album was the band's first not to be released on Factory Records, who had declared bankruptcy the previous year following the massive failure of Happy Mondays' Yes Please! Rather, the album was released through London Records, who had previously attempted to buy out Factory before backing away from the deal once it was made apparent that none of Factory's artists were actually signed onto them (meaning that the artists, not the label, were the legal owners of their releases). New Order would continue releasing music through London Records up until 2007.
In addition, the album would be New Order's last original studio effort released during the 20th century; they would go on a lengthy hiatus due to both Creative Differences between Bernard Sumner & Peter Hook and burnout from a lengthy U.S. tour. They would eventually reform in 1998, with their next album, Get Ready, coming out three years later.
Republic was also the band's final studio album to be released in the U.S. through the Warner Bros. Records-backed Qwest Records label, which would end up shutting down in 2000. By the time it resumed operations in 2010, New Order had already moved onto using Warner Bros' Rhino label to reissue their older material, and were in the middle of a second hiatus, meaning Qwest wouldn't have anything new to release anyways. It was still not the band's final release on the label overall: Qwest released a reworked version of (the best of) NewOrder in 1995, as well as a reissue of "Bizarre Love Triangle" to promote the compilation.
Four singles were released off of Republic: in order, they are "Regret", "Ruined in a Day", "World (The Price of Love)", and "Spooky".
Republic was another commercial success for New Order, peaking at number one on the U.K. albums chart and securing a Mercury Prize nomination. "Regret" was also the band's last top-five hit in the U.K. and the highest-charting single in the U.S., reaching number 28 on the Top 100. Even though grunge was in full swing in the U.S., the song reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock chart; the fact that New Order sounded distinctly different from the kinds of Synth-Pop bands that grunge usurped probably helped, as did New Order's status as one of the first popular bands to be labeled Alternative Rock. It's likely the same reason that other '80s alternative acts like Depeche Mode and The Cure were able to maintain their popularity around the same time. The album was also the band's highest-charting stateside, reaching number 11 on the Top 200. It's widely agreed upon that had the album come out a year— even half a year— earlier, its success would've allowed Factory to stay afloat for at least a little while longer (in fact, the delays it suffered in production are agreed in hindsight to have at least indirectly contributed to Factory's demise by leaving them without a financial safety net). Republic was also the last New Order album to be certified gold in the U.S. Republic is remembered fondly by fans, though in hindsight they see it as being the point where New Order became a very different band sound-wise compared to their prior work, though it wouldn't be the first time that happened.
- "Regret" (4:08)
- "World" (4:44)
- "Ruined in a Day" (4:22)
- "Spooky" (4:43)
- "Everyone Everywhere" (4:24)
- "Young Offender" (4:48)
- "Liar" (4:21)
- "Chemical" (4:10)
- "Times Change" (3:52)
- "Special" (4:51)
- "Avalanche" (3:14)
- Bernard Sumner vocals, guitars, synthesizers and programming
- Peter Hook 4 and 6-stringed bass, synthesizers and programming, backing vocals
- Stephen Morris drums, synthesizers and programming
- Gillian Gilbert synthesizers, guitars and programming; vocals on "Avalanche"
"I turn sideways to the sun/Keep my tropes from everyone":
- Anti-Love Song: Present on most of the tracks. Notably averted with "Regret", which is an uptempo love song with no major catches.
- BrotherSister Incest: The subject of "Everyone Everywhere".
- Design Student's Orgasm: An elaborate collage by longtime collaborator Peter Saville, featuring numerous digitally edited stock photos based around California (to which he had relocated). The collage is featured in full on the CD release's insert, with only a small portion included on the LP version.
- GIS Syndrome: The cover art for the album and the associated singles are composed entirely of stock images meshed together in Photoshop.
- In the Style of...: "Times Change" is a noticeable Pet Shop Boys pastiche.
- Limited Lyrics Song: "Avalanche" simply consists of the word "faith" being repeated over and over again.
- Lyrical Dissonance: As to be expected with New Order.
- New Sound Album: Though the sound of the album is not too dissimilar from that of Technique, it conspicuously trades in its Madchester elements for 90's house music. The rockist elements present from Movement to Brotherhood also make a brief reappearance on the opening track, foreshadowing the guitar-driven sound that New Order would utilize from 2001 to 2013.
- Non-Appearing Title: Played straight most of the time, with the exceptions of "Regret", "Ruined in a Day", "Young Offender", and "Special". Played with in the case of "World", which is given the parenthetical subtitle "The Price of Love" (after a phrase repeated throughout the chorus) on the single release.
- Special Guest: David Hasselhoff for the Top of the Pops performance of "Regret", thanks to it being a tie-in with Baywatch; the performance was later featured in an episode of the latter series.
- Step Up to the Microphone: Gillian Gilbert provides vocals for "Avalanche", one of few occasions in New Order's discography where she has any vocal duties.