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Power, Corruption and Lies

New Order

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When singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, his band Joy Division naturally ceased to exist. But the group themselves reformed a few months later as New Order, adding keyboardist Gillian Gilbert. Their first album, 1981's Movement, was seen as a vaguely morbid attempt to cash in on Joy Division's posthumous success. It wasn't that great, to be fair, but by the time of this, their sophomore album, in 1983, the miraculous transition was complete from bleak, minimal post-punk to joyous, forward-thinking minimal dance-pop gods. Power Corruption & Lies is a very smart mixture of icy, atmospheric pop with sounds gleaned from Kraftwerk, dub, and early hip-hop, and techno.

Customer Reviews

Finding their own style

When this album came out New Order were still not well known in mainstream 'Top of the Pops' kind of circles, Blue Monday seemed to be thought of as their first record (fgs) and this album pre-dated that release. The first New Order album 'Movement' bridges between Joy Division and New Order and obviously many tracks have Ian Curtis's hand in them. That I see as natural (and not as 'Cashing In' - iTunes) but PC&L is pure New Order in their earliest real, post Ian form. When it was released it SOUNDED different to the other electronic music of the time and it still does. At the time electronic music was very baroque, tightly sequenced and clockwork (Vince Clarke/Depeche Mode/Kraftwerk/Human League/Heaven17 etc,.) New Order have always sounded like guitarists playing synths & sequencers AS IF they were guitars, Bernard's very human vocals only adds to the contrast. I think this is where THEIR own style that shaped the dance music we have now, came from. Power Corruption & Lies was were New Order found their own style.

Home Of The House Chicken.

Whatever it was they were listening to, it payed off. From start to finish this album never falls short of brilliance. The opening guitars of Age Of Consent give you the shivers. 5-8-6 may well be Blue Mondays little brother but Ultraviolence is its angry half sister. You havent lived the New Order way until you've heard Your Silent Face but hang on 'coz the ghost of Ian lurks in Leave Me Alone. By the way i've got the original vinyl version with the groovy sleeve.....not selling it though!!!!!


With New Order its always about the gelling of music streams, when it works its delightful and uplifting. When it does'nt it can be patrenising and shambolic. This is a proper album with a sound of its own. A triumph.


Formed: 1980 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Rising from the ashes of the legendary British post-punk unit Joy Division, the enigmatic New Order triumphed over tragedy to emerge as one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s; embracing the electronic textures and disco rhythms of the underground club culture many years in advance of its contemporaries, the group's pioneering fusion of new wave aesthetics and dance music successfully bridged the gap between the two worlds, creating a distinctively thoughtful and oblique brand...
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