Pleasures References New Order’s Bacchanalian ‘Technique’ LP

New Order’s Technique album was an instant classic. The last release of theirs through Manchester institution Factory Records, it was iconic for its use of balearic and acid influences in abundance, which went towards building on and furthering Manchester’s Ibiza connection.

Peter Saville, the infamous graphic artist behind many Factory Record’s cover sleeves, such as Joy Division’s controversial Closer and the less controversial but ubiquitous Unknown Pleasures, designed the iridescent cherub that graces the front of this Pleasures’ work jacket. 

Speaking to The Guardian in 2011, Saville declared: “I’d moved on from being interested in ’80s consumer products and had begun going to Pimlico Road to look at antique shops. Which was where I saw the cherub statue we used on Technique. It was a garden ornament and we rented it for the shoot. It’s a very Bacchanalian image, which fitted the moment just before the last financial crash and the new drug-fuelled hedonism involved in the music scene.”

LA-based Pleasures’ name is a direct link to what Saville referenced, way back in the 80’s: Dionysus, or his Roman pantheon equivalent, Bacchus, is the God of pleasure, wine and festivities. I’m not one to appropriate culture, but I’m certain that if White Doves were around in Ancient Greece, Dionysus would’ve been the God of them, too. 

Grab this Pleasures work jacket from John Anthony.

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