Joy Division – #MusicMonday

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It didn’t take me long after watching 24 Hour Party People to be genuinely thankful that I had done so. It did, after all, expose me to the band Joy Division. Yeah, I had heard “Love Will Tear Us Apart” countless times before, but I never really cared for it. I remember that when I was a kid I wasn’t the biggest fan of New Wave, and they were most definitely that. Also, I had no fucking idea who sung it until I saw 24 Hour Party People.

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Singer and, occasionally, guitarist Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bass and backup vocalist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris were the four musicians that made up the band Joy Division. They became a band in 1976 and lasted a fucking tragically short four years, disbanding after the suicide by Curtis. Struggling with epilepsy and depression, Curtis hung himself on the eve of what would have been the bands first North American tour.

Heres a live performance of theirs from British TV in 1979. The first song is Transmission, the second "She's Lost Control", which is about a girl with epilepsy that Curtis had helped out as a social worker, a job he was very passionate about.

"Dead Souls" was the first Joy Division song I listened to a lot, only it wasn't Joy Division singing it, it was Nine Inch Nails for the soundtrack to The Crow. Curtis would use this song's two minute plus intro to dance with his very distinct, jerky style that he became known for and guage the crowds energy, then he would bust into the song's awesomeky haunting lyrics.

Someone take these dreams away,
That point me to another day,
A duel of personalities,
That stretch all true realities.

Someone take these dreams away,
That keep calling me,
They keep calling me,
Keep on calling me,
They keep calling me.

Someone take these dreams away,
Where figures from the past stand tall,
And mocking voices ring the halls.
Imperialistic house of prayer,
Conquistadors who took their share.

Someone take these dreams away,
That keep calling me,
They keep calling me,
Keep on calling me,
They keep calling me.

Someone take these dreams away,
Calling me, calling me, calling me, calling me.

Someone take these dreams away,
They keep calling me,
Keep on calling me,
They keep calling me,
They keep calling me.


Digital was the last song Ian Curtis sung on stage with the band. And the last song I'm posting tonight. I'll update with more tomorrow. Goodnight!

Bonus: The Killers cover Joy Division's "Shadowplay"