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Waiting for the Sirens' Call (song)

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Waiting for the Sirens' Call (song)

"Waiting for the Sirens' Call"
Single by New Order
from the album Waiting for the Sirens' Call
Released September 26, 2005 (7")
October 3, 2005 (CD)
Format 7", CD
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:52 (single version)
5:42 (album version)
Label Warner
Writer(s) Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Phil Cunningham[1]
Producer(s) New Order, Jim Spencer
New Order singles chronology
"Waiting for the Sirens' Call"
"Guilt is a Useless Emotion"

"Waiting for the Sirens' Call" is a single released in 2005 by the group New Order. The third single from the Waiting for the Sirens' Call album, it was released by London Records on 26 September 2005.

London eschewed the usual CD single, maxi CD and DVD configuration for the single, instead releasing "Waiting for the Sirens' Call" as three separate 7" singles. Each 7" contained a different mix of the single as an A-side. On the B-side, each 7" contained a brand new remix of a classic New Order single.

Many saw this as a bridging of the Waiting for the Sirens' Call album and the then-forthcoming Singles compilation.

A CD single for "Waiting for the Sirens' Call" followed the three 7" singles, and was released on October 3, 2005. The two track CD featured full-length mixes of the title track.

In a recent report, New Order frontman Bernard Sumner has stated that "Waiting for the Sirens' Call" is his favourite New Order song of all time.

The song was added to BBC Radio 2's A-List and was also playlisted by Xfm London. It debuted at #21 on the UK Singles Chart, one position lower than the previous single, "Jetstream".


  • Cover 1
  • Track listings 2
  • Chart positions 3
  • References 4


The cover image is an Eliot Elisofon photo of a naked Tahitian as she sits in a river and places a flower in her hair in Tahiti, French Polynesia, 1954.[2]

  • Cover artists: Howard Wakefield, Peter Saville, Eliot Elisofon
  • Design studio: Saville Associates

Track listings

All songs written and composed by New Order

7" #1: NUO15V1 (UK & Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Rich Costey Radio Edit)"   3:52
2. "Temptation (Secret Machines Remix)"   4:37
7" #2: NUO15V2 (UK & Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Band Mix)"   3:53
2. "Everything's Gone Green (Cicada Remix)"   4:33
7" #3: NUO15V3 (UK & Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Jacknife Lee Remix Edit)"   4:11
2. "Bizarre Love Triangle (Richard X Remix Edit)"   4:19
CD: NUOCD15 (UK & Europe)
No. Title Length
1. "Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Rich Costey Remix)"   5:39
2. "Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Jacknife Lee Remix)"   6:10
CDR: Warner Bros. Promo
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle (Richard X Remix Full Length)"   7:05
2. "Everything's Gone Green (Cicada Remix)"   4:35
3. "Everything's Gone Green (Martin Buttrich Remix)"   4:56
4. "Temptation (Secret Machines Remix Full Length)"   7:26
5. "Waiting for the Sirens' Call (Jacknife Lee Remix Edit)"   4:11
  • Includes exclusive mix by Martin Buttrich (Timo Maas' engineer) as well as exclusive full length cuts of two other mixes.

Chart positions

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 21


  1. ^ Ascap entry
  2. ^ - Cover info
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - New Order". Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
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