Sublime cover of New Order.
Peter Saville on his album cover artwork:
“The title seemed Machiavellian. So I went to the National Gallery looking for a Renaissance portrait of a dark prince. In the end, it was too obvious and I gave up for the day and bought some postcards from the shop. I was with my girlfriend at the time, who saw me holding a postcard of the Fantin-Latour painting of flowers and said, ‘You are not thinking of that for the cover?’ It was a wonderful idea. Flowers suggested the means by which power, corruption and lies infiltrate our lives. They’re seductive. Tony Wilson had to phone the gallery director for permission to use the image. In the course of the conversation, he said, ‘Sir, whose painting is it?’ To which the answer was, ‘It belongs to the people of Britain.’ Tony’s response was, ‘I believe the people want it.’ And the director said, ‘If you put it like that, Mr Wilson, I’m sure we can make an exception in this case.’”
I finally got a boombox that I could tape stuff off the radio with in 1992. These songs I’m posting tonight from that time occupy an indelible place in me for that reason… and they all happen to be songs about melancholy and memory, strangely, too.
One of the b-sides off the Everything’s Gone Green 12″ single (Factory Benelux, 1981), New Order’s third single release after the demise of Joy Division following Ian Curtis’ death. Continue reading