The gripping pîece was originally released on 18 March 1980 by French
label Sordide Sentimental as a 7″ single, only available in France and named
“Licht und Blindheit” (German for Light and Blindness). Only 1578 copies were
Frontman/lyricist IAN CURTIS – mentally and psychically suffering from epilepsy
and depression – committed suicide on 18 May 1980. Shortly after Atmosphere
came out as a 12″ single (artwork below) It was #1 on the UK Indie Chart.
Still goosebumps after all these years.
Here’s the iconic, Anton Corbijn directed video.
Ian Kevin Curtis was born on 15 July 1956 in Stretford, Lancashire, (England).
A doom and gloom lyricist, a monumental bass-baritone vocalist, a stunning
live performer, a troubled mind, a desperate soul. The crushing combination
of his epilepsy attacks, depressions and love problems drove him to an untimely
death. He took his own life on 18 May 1980, only 23 years old.
John Anthony Genzale was born on 15 July 1952 in Queens, New York. He was a
New York Doll, a Heartbreaker, an inspiring guitarist (absolute idol of the Sex Pistols’
Steve Jones and many other guitar heroes), a 24/7 rock and roll hedonist, a junkie,
a suicidal soul. On 23 April 1991 he played his last chord. Only 38 years old.
Band: Joy Division (Salford, Manchester, UK) Active: 1975-1980 Track: Digital – part of a 7″ Double EP
called A Factory Sample featuring also John Dowie, The Durutti Column and Cabaret Voltaire Released: 24 January 1979
Happy B. Ian Curtis – born 15 July 1956
I feel it closing in
I feel it closing in
Day in, day out
Day in, day out…
To honor IAN CURTIS, the late iconic and troubled frontman of Manchester’s legends JOY DIVISION, who took his own life 40 years ago, on 18 May 1980, Los Angeles’ post-
punk act COLD CAVE teamed up with the omnipresent MARK LANEGAN. As renowned connoisseurs of dark Goth-like nightmares themselves, this combo is just perfect for a Curtis tribute.
They picked ISOLATION to cover. Probably the most catchy Joy Division track, but also
a bleak self-reflection of low esteem by the band’s regretted protagonist. I’m pretty sure their choice refers also to the surreal lockdown days we all experience. The Cold Cave / Lanegan rendition is a respectful homage with an equally buzzing drive – rousing bass and glimmering synths – and heavyhearted vocals.
Mother I tried please believe me,
I’m doing the best that I can.
I’m ashamed of the things I’ve been put through,
I’m ashamed of the person I am.