21-year-old Phil Thornalley, then a recording engineer for acts like Duran Duran and the Psychedelic Furs, was brought in to produce the album (making him a "producer of Pornography"). In a Songfacts interview
, Thornalley - who would go on to co-write pop hits like "Torn
" - reflected on the album's legacy: "At the time, it was just another album that was made along with the Psychedelic Furs or Hot Chocolate. But with that one I think because I was at the same age as the guys in The Cure, we were more like contemporaries and all the nutty stories you've read about the making of the record, they're all true. It was just over the top."
He added: "In the end there was no hit single, but there was this great legacy of this album that you put on and you go: 'That's something different.' So I'm very proud of that, but the mythologizing, I guess maybe it has got something special about it; it's so different, it's so not what anybody was doing then or not what anybody's doing now."