New Order: Waiting for the Sirens' Call
We posted four black covers in a row so I thought it nice for a lighter change.
What I liked about this simple execution was it’s periodic table feel. I guess New Order have influenced so man other bands they are part of the musical building blocks. (Deep I know)
It’d actually be interesting to plot the influential bands of the last 50 years on a periodic table. Note to self for that one.
The back of the CD booklet reversed the design. Although the N isn’t flipped for some reason.
They also released promo versions of the CD and the Jet Stream single using a single letter this time.
What I found weird while researching this was that the 7″ albums took an entirely different artistic approach. I guess Peter and the guys at Saville Associates got bored with just Helvectica Neue?
The vinyl singles have a series of photos of a naked women in a river with varying degrees of blur, which seems to be another trait of New Order’s visual style.
And they all came in this simple fold out vinyl holder.
The image is actually an Eliot Elisofon photo of a naked Tahitian as she sits in a river and places a flower in her hair, Tahiti, French Polynesia, 1954.
That’s Getty’s description. I’m guessing the image is meant to invoke a feeling that she is a siren of the sea?
While definitely not their most famous album cover, it is the most graphically simple and they certainly would have saved on printing costs :)