Everything's Gone Green (EGG for short), as well as Procession, "Cries and Whispers", and "Mesh" were recorded in 1981. On September 1981, an edited version of EGG paired with Procession released. New Order released the full track and its future B-sides on December 1981. EGG also appears on 1981-1982 and Substance.
Everything's Gone Green is the first song in New Order, and history with the "alternative dance" genre, in which New Order fathered. EGG also has a rhythm similar to Video 5 8 6.
The song marks the last production by Martin Hannett, who was worked up by a mixture of Joy Division, and his bad production of Movement that- "fact he walked out halfway through the mix because Hooky and me asked him to turn the drums up"- in Bernard Sumner's words.
"Cries and Whispers" and "Mesh" are placed the right way on the label, though not on the sleeve. This has arisen what we believe to be a conspiracy, that Mesh on all Substance compilations is actually "Cries and Whispers" all "Cries and Whispers" is actually Mesh, and in the iTunes store, with some knowledge of the confusion "Cries and Whispers" is Mesh (aka Cries and Whispers). We consider this false.
Allmusic gave this review, or part of it: "The Peter Hook/Stephen Morris rhythm section sounds like a four-limbed single body and mind, with the keyboard loops from Gillian Gilbert and Morris's own use of electronic drums making it even more of a monster. Bernard Sumner's guitar slowly fades in then adds a quick, clipped part of its own, while Sumner's singing, if still reminiscent of Ian Curtis's lost-in-the-wasteland delivery at lower volume, suits the song quite well."
Help me, somebody help me I wonder where I am I see my future before me I'll hurt you when I can It seems like I've been here before It seems like I've been here before It seems like I've been here before It seems like I've been here before Confusion sprung up from devotion A halo that covers my eyes It sprung from this first estrangement No one have I ever despised Is this the way that you wanted to pay Won't you show me, please show me the way Is this the way that you wanted to pay Won't you show me, please show me the way Show me, show me, show me, show me, show me