Still Goosebumps With JOY DIVISION And The Iconic Video For ‘ATMOSPHERE’

25 November 2022

Band: JOY DIVISION (1976-1980)
Song: ATMOSPHERE
Released: 1980

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
pressed.

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.

JOY DIVISION: Bio – Discography

The Sound Of JOY DIVISION Orchestrated

6 August 2022

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PETER HOOK (former bassist of legendary post-punk band Joy Division)
in collaboration with symphonic orchestra Manchester Orchestra played
a surprising show at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London billed as
The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated.

The spectacle returns now for two concerts,
one in Manchester and one in London again.

“With its first edition at the Royal Albert Hall, The Sound Of Joy Division Orchestrated accommodated the need to reminisce about the dark romanticism of the band’s
music and the intensity of their live shows. The event celebrated the 40th anniversary
of Joy Division’s debut album Unknown Pleasures. “


(Peter Hook – pic by Turn Up The Volume)

Peter Hook: “It takes Joy Division’s music to a whole different place,
emotionally and aurally. It is difficult to transcribe but I love the challenge,
and it brings a freshness to the whole concept.”

Trailer/interview for the 2021 orchestrated edition in London.

IAN CURTIS

Stretford, UK 15 July 1956 – Macclesfield, 18 May 1980

Walk in silence
Don’t walk away, in silence
See the danger
Always danger

Endless talking
Life rebuilding
Don’t walk away

Walk in silence
Don’t turn away, in silence
Your confusion
My illusion

Worn like a mask of self-hate
Confronts and then dies
Don’t walk away

People like you find it easy
Naked to see
Walking on air
Hunting by the rivers,
through the streets,
every corner

Abandoned too soon
Set down with due care
Don’t walk away in silence
Don’t walk away

IAN CURTIS: Story


Paris, 1979

JOY DIVISION – Special Reissue Of Double Album ‘STILL’ To Celebrate Its 40th Annviersary

18 October 2021

Forty years ago, on 8 October 1981 (more than a year after Ian Curtis
death), iconic post-punks JOY DIVISION released double album STILL.

A great sonic memory, raw and rugged, consisting of previously released
and unreleased studio material and a live recording of Joy Division‘s final
concert, performed at Birmingham University.

To celebrate the 40th-anniversary a limited reissue with a ruby red sleeve
and pressed on crystal clear vinyl is planned to be released next year, on
11 February 2022. Only available via the website of New Order right here.

The full original release…

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JOY DIVISION: Facebook

Movie This! JOY DIVISION – A Documentary – 2007

23 February 2021

JOY DIVISION
A Documentary

What: this docu follows the unlikely rise of working-class lads Joy Division up to Ian Curtis‘s suicide with rare footage of the group and interviews with band members, their entourage and other Manchester punk celebrities of that era, as well as their moody and starkly photographed videos, capturing the essence of what made Joy Division so special and
so tragic.

Directed by Grant Gee – 2007

Film critic Philip French wrote: “Someone says in the film that the revolutionary step they made was to progress from the usual punk group’s angry statement: ‘Fuck you.’ Joy Division were the first to say: ‘We’re fucked.’ There is a particularly impressive sequence in which dark, despairing tracks of urban alienation and angst from the 1979 album Unknown Pleasures are accompanied by a speeded-up nocturnal journey around Manchester. It has the hallucinatory sci-fi feeling of Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville.”

The trailer

Full documentary…

JOY DIVISION: Facebook

Happy B. HOOKY!

13 February 2021


(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

If there’s one bass player you always recognize when he pulls his strings it’s PETER HOOK also known as HOOKY. The man who created a sound that was fundamental and essential for Joy Division as well as for New Order. The man who plays his beloved instrument as if it has six strings instead of four. Hooky‘s resonance is unique and ageless as he still proves, for years now, with his band The Light, on stages around the globe.

Today is his 65th birthday! Happy B. Hooky!

Let’s celebrate with these four standouts…

– LOVE WILL TEAR US APART –
(Joy Division classic)

– ATMOSPHERE –
(Joy Division classic – with awesome soul voice Rowetta)

TEMPTATION –
(New Order)

– ARIES –
(A superb song by Gorillaz with Hooky here on vocals instead of
Damon Albarn. It’s on their new Song Machine album)

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT: Facebook