Movie This! JOY DIVISION – A Documentary – 2007

23 February 2021

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…


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…

(Joy Division classic)

(Joy Division classic – with awesome soul voice Rowetta)

(New Order)

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


Doom And Gloom Classic – JOY DIVISION Released ‘CLOSER’ 40 Years Ago

18 July 2020

Artwork: Martyn Atkins and Peter Saville,
with a photograph of the Appiani family tomb in
Genoa’s Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno
Released: 18 July 1980
Label: Factory Records
Score: #6 in the UK / NME’s album of the year

Pitchfork wrote: “‘Closer’ is even more austere, more claustrophobic, more
inventive, more beautiful, and more haunting than its predecessor. It’s also Joy Division’s start-to-finish masterpiece, a flawless encapsulation of everything the group sought to achieve… Joy Division, like many of their Manchester peers, were inspired by the DIY anti-ethos of the Sex Pistols; they just didn’t know what to do with it at first. So, shaped and prodded by notorious provocateur Hannett (who would turn the heat in the studio down low enough for everyone to see their breath), the group embraced space, ambience, and an imposing austerity.”

Score: 10/10 .

Key lyrics: “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.”

R.I.P. Ian Curtis

Full album…


‘Digital’ By JOY DIVISION – Happy Birthday IAN CURTIS

Top singles from the past…

15 July 2020

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

Live version…



Gloomy Masterpiece ‘ATMOSPHERE’ By JOY DIVISION – 40 Years Ago

Top singles from the past…

18 May 2020

The dramatic electronic symphony ATMOSPHERE with spine-tingling
IAN CURTIS vocals will forever be linked to his sad death. A demo of
the gloomy masterpiece was recorded in 1979, called ‘Chance‘ then, for
a London radio session. Forty years ago, in March 1980, the pearl was
released, quite strangely, as a France-only single via indie label Sordide
, with Dead Souls as the B-side.

Following the unfortunate passing of the young troubled artist, Atmosphere
was re-released as a 12″ single by the band’s familiar label Factory with She’s
Lost Control
as the B-side. An unforgettable tour de force. Gloomy and sombre.

IAN KEVIN CURTIS was born in Stratford, Greater Manchester on 15 July 1956
and he committed suicide in Macclesfield, Cheshire on 18 May 1980, today 40
years ago. Rest in peace.

Walk in silence
Don’t walk away, in silence
See the danger
Always danger
Endless talking
Life rebuilding
Don’t walk away