Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

13. New OrderPower, Corruption & Lies

I love Power, Corruption & Lies. I also love Movement and I play it all the time, as it was the first album after Joy Division. It still has a bit of that Joy Division darkness, almost with a sense of defeat about it, which is kind of how I felt when I was a teenager in the late fucking ’70s. But I think Power, Corruption, the record after it, there’s more light in it. It’s more joyous, it’s more lyrically lighter. And I think Bernard Sumner found his own voice, loosened up and just became Bernard when he came out of Ian Curtis’s shadow.

This album is a huge inspiration and I was fascinated at the time by the way that New Order would take electronics and the sequencer sound, which I loved from Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’, and they took it and applied it to rock & roll. They first did this with ‘Temptation’, which was released before ‘Blue Monday’. I was previously in a band on Factory called The Wake and we’d opened for New Order. I’d had a tape recorder and I’d recorded some of their shows. They were playing ‘Temptation’ live, long before it was released as a single. I was obsessed by the way they took that tut-tut-tutut-tut-tut-tut sequence inspired by Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s arpeggio sound.

To this day, that’s still a big influence on Primal Scream. I’m just saying thank you to Bernard, Hooky, Stephen and Gill because I remember buying that record when it came out with a beautiful Peter Saville sleeve. The reason there’s no writing on the album cover of Screamedelica is in total homage to Saville and Factory Records. A lot of our albums have no writing on the cover either. I mean, ‘Age Of Consent’: What. The. Fuck. Is. That? Playing with New Order back in the early ’80s was like a fucking dream at the height of their fucking power!


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