Power, Corruption & Lies

Label
Qwest
Release date
1983
Running length
8 tracks
Running time
42:23

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Age of Consent 5:15 230,801
2 We All Stand 5:13 85,280
3 The Village 4:35 87,991
4 5 8 6 7:30 41,166
5 Your Silent Face 5:57 110,328
6 Ultraviolence 4:50 74,969
7 Ecstasy 4:25 68,219
8 Leave Me Alone 4:38 96,725

About this album

Power, Corruption & Lies is the second album by Manchester band New Order, released on 2 May 1983. The album achieved more widespread popularity than any of the band’s previous releases, including those of previous band Joy Division. The music is more electronic-based than previous albums, with heavy use of synthesizers. In 1989, it was ranked #94 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.

In 2008 the album was re-released in a Collector’s Edition with a bonus disc.

Peter Saville’s design for the album had a colour-based code to represent the band’s name and the title of the album, but they were not actually written on the sleeve itself (they were, however, present on the North American sleeve). The decoder for the code was featured prominently on the back cover of the album and can also be used for the “Blue Monday” and “Confusion” singles. Saville also used it on Section 25’s album From the Hip, which is in many ways aligned stylistically with Power, Corruption & Lies and produced partly by New Order’s Bernard Sumner.

The cover is a reproduction of the painting “A Basket of Roses” by French artist Henri Fantin-Latour, which is part of the National Gallery of London’s permanent collection. The art director Peter Saville intended to create a collision between the overly romantic and classic image which made a stark contrast to the typography based on the modular, colour-coded alphabet he created solely for the band.

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