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On this day in music history: May 2, 1983 - “Power, Corruption & Lies”, the second studio album by New Order is released. Produced by New Order, it is recorded at Britannia Row Studios in Islington, London, UK in March 1982. Released as the follow up to New Order’s debut “Movement, their sophomore release marks a notable change in the bands instrumental make up, incorporating more synthesizers and drum programming, and moving away from their original guitar based sound. The album title is taken from graffiti spray painted on the outside of a Cologne, Germany art gallery. The cover artwork designed by graphic artist Peter Saville features a reproduction of the painting "A Basket Of Roses” by French artist Henri Fantin-Latour. Saville add a a color based code to the upper right hand corner the album cover, that when decoded spells out the album title and the bands name. This color coding is also used on the singles for “Blue Monday” and “Confusion”. The artwork for “Power” is also issued as a postage stamp by the Royal Mail Service in the UK in 2010. The US release of the album is amended to include the single “Blue Monday” (issued only as 12" in the UK at the time). In time, it is regarded an important and influential album in the post-punk, synth-pop genres. “Power, Corruption & Lies” peaks at number four on the UK album chart.