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

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

18 July 2020

Band: JOY DIVISION
Album: CLOSER
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…

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