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08 July 2021

Unheard Raps From New Order’s ‘World In Motion’ To Be Auctioned

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Previously unheard raps from New Order‘s legendary football anthem World In Motion are going up for auction.

The track was first released to mark the 1990 World Cup in Italy, and features vocal contributions from that year’s England Football Team and memorable raps from striker John Barnes.

Ahead of last night’s crucial Euros semi-final clash between England and Denmark, it was announced “three never before heard World In Motion raps from Barnes, Gazza [Paul Gascoigne] and Peter Beardsley” will go under the hammer via Omega Auctions.

Recorded during the original studio sessions, the previously unheard takes will go up for sale through ‘The Peter Hook Signature Collection – New Order’, which was announced last month.

The former New Order bassist will auction off hundreds of items from across his time playing with the iconic Manchester band between 4-8 October at Omega Auctions on Merseyside.

Fans will have the chance to get hold of rare vinyl, tapes, CDs, artwork as well as some of the awards Hooky has received across his career – including New Order’s NME Godlike Genius Award, which they picked up in 2005.

Last month, New Order launched a new range of ‘World In Motion’ merchandise to coincide with the start of Euro 2020. The collection includes brand new T-shirts, hoodies, joggers, bucket hats and footballs emblazoned with the track’s title and artwork. You can see the products and purchase them through New Order’s official website.

World In Motion remains New Order’s only ever Number One single to date, topping the charts for two weeks in 1990.

It has since returned to the charts coinciding with subsequent football tournaments. A re-recorded version reached Number 43 during the 2002 World Cup, while the original hit 22 and 48 during the 2010 and 2018 World Cups respectively.

Listing World In Motion among the greatest ever football songs in June this year, NME described the track as being “melodically up there with New Order’s finest singles. World In Motion would still stand proud even if it had nothing to do with the beautiful game.”

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