The second of New Order’s collaborations with Arthur Baker. This is more structured than confusion and a beautiful tune with some great beats but the real gem is the b-side ‘Lonesome Tonight’ which is truly glorious. Quite rightly this made it onto the ‘Fan’ cd of the New Order Retro box set.
The stylish artwork by Peter Saville is based on a very old game for which the rules have been lost. It has been pointed out that this is the seventh release by New Order but the number doesn’t feature on the cover. In his book, ‘Designed by Peter Saville’ he recalls, “Trevor (Key) and I had long wanted to do a metaphysical piece, and I decided Thieves Like Us would be the last piece of straight historical referentialism. ‘It’s called “Thieves Like Us”, so let’s just do it.’
The cover image is based on a painting called ‘The Evil Genius of a King’ by Giorgio de Chirico [1914-15].