Picture This…

5 Classic NME covers…

JOY DIVISION – 14 June 1980 (a couple of weeks after Ian Curtis’ death)

IAN MCCULLOCH from ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN20 Februari 1982

THE SLITS – 5 September 1979

MARK E. SMITH from THE FALL14 November 1981

LIAM GALLAGHER from OASIS4 June 1994

JOY DIVISION Released Buzzing ‘TRANSMISSION’ Single 40 Years Ago Today…

Knockouts from the past

7 October 2019

Band: Joy Division
Song: Transmission / B-side: ‘Novelty
Released: 7 October 1979 – 40 years ago today
Note 1: It was originally recorded in 1978 for the aborted self-titled
album, re-recorded the following year at a faster tempo and released
by label Factory as the band’s debut single
Note 2: Famous music journalist Greil Marcus said about the song: “It’s
a dramatization of the realization that the act of listening to the radio is a
suicidal gesture. It will kill your mind. It will rob your soul.”

Note 3: Bassist Peter Hook remembers the following: “We were doing a soundcheck
at the Mayflower (club in Manchester) and we played ‘Transmission’. People had been
moving around, and they all stopped to listen. I realized that was our first great song.”

“Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio”

Here’s the legendary live‘Transmission’ performance
on BBC’s youth television program Something Else
on 15th September 1979…

And here’s the original version…

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JOY DIVISION – Astonishing Debut Album ‘UNKNOWN PLEASURES’ Turns 40…

13 June 2019

Manchester’s post punk legends JOY DIVISION released their outstanding and spine-chilling debut album UNKNOWN PLEASURES on 15 June 1979, yes, already 40 years
ago. A landmark achievement. One of the best ever longplayers in Turn Up The Volume‘s sonic book. An at times pitch black experience that sounded like nothing else before. Mind-blowing, masterly music that appealed to doubtful hearts and confused souls, still does after all these years. The astonishing record, despite the fact that not all members were happy with the final result due to producer Martin Hannett‘s excessive drugs use and imposing views, became a timeless tour de force for generations to come.

To my and countless other ears and tons of influenced artists this superb album still
has a blood-curdling impact with every single member of the band delivering essential contributions to this incredibly gripping and wholehearted raw diamond. A full track-by-track accomplishment. Each cut is a winner, on-target and terrifically rousing, yet New Dawn Fades gives me just a bit more spine-tingling feelings because as well as musically, vocally and lyrically it’s the most frighteningly arresting outburst on this classic. Here is the lyric clip…

Album in full…

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JOY DIVISION: Facebook


Rest in peace…

HISTORY – 2 May 1980 – Post Punk Legends JOY DIVISION Played Final Gig… 39 Years Ago

2 May 2019

Manchester’s post punk icons JOY DIVISION played their final show with IAN CURTIS
on 2 May 1980, today 39 years ago at High Hall, Birmingham University, England (gig poster on top). A Certain Ratio was the support act. The troubled Curtis committed suicide two weeks later, on 18 May.


Pic of the gig by Mick Emerson

Setlist. First song, the new one was Ceremony
The last played song was Digital not ‘Decades’
More details of that special evening here.

Turn Up The Volume! selected three live versions of classic
Joy Division songs to remember this memorable event…

– TRANSMISSION –

– DIGITAL –

– LOVE WILL TEAR US APART –

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5 Magnificent Albums Turning… 40 In 2019

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

Here come Five Magnificent Albums, selected
by Turn Up The Volume turning 40 next year!

1. ‘Unknown Pleasures’ by JOY DIVISION

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– ‘2. Metal Box‘ by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

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3.’Fear Of Music’ by TALKING HEADS

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– ‘4. London Calling‘ by THE CLASH

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5. Setting Sons‘ by THE JAM

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YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks and 3 Top LP’s From 1980…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another captivating year to remember: 1980.

The 25 KILLER TRACKS

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The 3 Top Albums

– ‘Crocodiles‘ by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

Stream here…

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– ‘Closer‘ by JOY DIVISION

Stream here…

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– ‘Remain In Light‘ by TALKING HEADS

Stream here…

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See/hear you next week, music junkies, for another historic year in music

YESTERDAY’S CRACKERS – This Week: 25 Killer Tracks And 3 Top LP’s From 1979…

The best of the past

Every week Turn Up The Volume! jumps into the past! Relive 25 Crackers and
3 Top Albums per year/per week. Here’s another firework year to remember: 1979.

The 25 KILLER TRACKS

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The 3 TOP ALBUMS

Unknown Pleasures by JOY DIVISION

Stream here

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Metal Box by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

Stream here

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‘London Calling’ by THE CLASH

Stream here

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See/hear you next week for the year of 1980…