The Stories Behind 10 Great Album Covers by Famous Artists

New Order — Power, Corruption & Lies

Designer Peter Saville was cruising the National Portrait Gallery in London for something “Machiavellian” for New Order’s 1983 album Power, Corruption & Lies. He settled on a classic olde Basket of Roses by French artist Henri Fantin-Latour by accident. He’d bought the postcard from the gallery shop and his girlfriend mocked it: “You are not thinking of that for the cover?” Eureka! “Flowers suggested the means by which power, corruption and lies infiltrate our lives. They’re seductive.” Got that? Exchanging flowers will never be the same.