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…


Rest in peace…

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

– ‘2. Metal Box‘ by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD

3.’Fear Of Music’ by TALKING HEADS

– ‘4. London Calling‘ by THE CLASH

5. Setting Sons‘ by THE JAM


PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT Fronted By Awesome Voice ROWETTA Cover JOY DIVISION Majestically…

‘New Dawn Fades’ by PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT with ROWETTA on vocals
Original by JOY DIVISION

Four reasons to feature this song. One: to my devoted fan ears NEW DAWN FADES is
the darkest, the gloomiest and most affecting track Manchester legends JOY DIVISION
ever produced with monumental vocals by the late Ian Curtis. Two: next Saturday (19 August) I will see PETER HOOK (ex-Joy Division/New Order, as all fans know of course) playing live again at W-Festival in Belgium. His outstanding and mind-boggling way of playing the bass was/is, unquestionably, essential for both band’s truly unique sound. Without Hooky no JD or NO as we know them today. Three: this live rendition with ace singer ROWETTA (most famous as a member of Happy Mondays) is nothing less than stunning. Her towering voice gives ‘New Dawn Fades‘ another dimension. Suddenly this pitch-black masterstroke sounds touchingly soulful & romantically melancholic. WOW! Although the audio quality of this clip isn’t 100% I guess you’ll understand why I say that Rowetta is blessed with one of the greatest soul voices I ever heard. My supplication to Hooky: bring Rowetta along for next Saturday’s gig…

A change of speed, a change of style
A change of scene, with no regrets
A chance to watch, admire the distance
Still occupied, though you forget

Different colors, different shades
Over each mistakes were made
I took the blame

Directionless so plain to see
A loaded gun won’t set you free
So you say

We’ll share a drink and step outside
An angry voice and one who cried
‘We’ll give you everything and more
The strain is too much, can’t take much more

Oh, I’ve walked on water, run through fire
Can’t seem to feel it anymore
It was me, waiting for me
Hoping for something more
Me, seeing me this time
Hoping for something else

PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT: Facebook & Tour Dates
ROWETTA: Facebook –

THE KILLERS Shadow Playing With JOY DIVISION Live…

Covering Manchester‘s legends JOY DIVISION is not the obvious thing to do. Their sombre darkness, their profound sound and most of all the late Ian Curtis’ voice and unique way of performing makes it somehow hard to interpret their songs. American indie pop stars THE KILLERS took the challenge and covered SHADOWPLAY for the soundtrack of Control, the 2007 biographical film about the troubled Curtis and his dramatic death. Afterwards the band played it live too. This 2009 rendition (Royal Albert Hall, London) is pretty good…

Shadowplay was one of the highlights of Joy Division’s
debut/masterpiece album Unknown Pleasures