Originally formed as Warsaw in Manchster in the mid-1970's, Joy Division quickly developed their own unique style of mope-rock that could make Nine Inch Nails "The Downwad Spiral" sound like "The Ramones Leave Home". Truth be told, they were always a bit "much" for me, they took being miserable WAY seriously, wittnessed, of course, by the fact that frontman Ian Curtis killed himeslf on the eve of the band's US tour. Such is life.
"Unknown Pleasures" was released in 1979, haunting and dark, with songs like "She's Lost Control", "Shadowplay", and, well, basically the whole album. If you are into this kind of thing, this is a masterwork as is the follow up, "Closer".....I am going to include the original vinyl pressing of "Closer" here, I think it is more appropriate, and then I will tack on the bonus tracks from "Closer Plus".....you'll see.
Links will be in the comments section in a whiloe, some maybe not until tomorrow......enjoy and leave a comment if there is something here to your liking. Love you all!
PEEL SESSION 11/26/79-01 Love Will Tear Us Apart/02 Twenty Four Hours/03 Colony/04 Sound of Music
HEART AND SOUL-DISC 1 "UNKNOWN PLEASURES PLUS"-01 Digital/02 Glass/03 Disorder/04 Day of the Lords/05 Candidate/06 Insight/07 New Dawn Fades/08 She's Lost Control/09 Shadowplay/10 Wilderness/11 Interzone/12 I Remember Nothing/13 Ice Age/Exercise One/14 Transmission (single version)/15 Novelty (single B Side)/16 The Kill/17 The Only Mistake (single B Side)/18 Something Must Break/19 Auto-Suggestion (Earcom2)/20 From Saftey to Where.....?(Earacom2)
HEART AND SOUL DISC 3 "RARITIES"-01 Warsaw/02 No Love Lost/03 Leaders of Me/04 Failures/05 The Drawback (unreleased)/06 Interzone (unreleased)/07 Shadowplay (unreleased)/08 Execise One (Peel Session)/09 Insight (demo)/10 Glass (demo)/11 Transmissions (demo)/12 Dead Souls (unreleased)/13 Something Must Break (raw mix)14 Ice Age (demo)/15 Walked in Line (raw Mix)/16 These Days (unreleased)/17 Candidate (unreleased)/18 The Only Mistake/19 Chance (Atmosphere) (unreleased)/20 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Peel Session)/21 Colony (Peel Session)/22 As You Said (flexi disc uncredited track)/23 Ceremony (rehearsal tae)/24 In a Lonely Place (detail) (rehearsal tape)
PERMANENT-01 Love Will Tear Us Apart/02 Transmission/03 She's Lost Control/04 Shdowplay/05 Day of the Lords/06 Isolation/07 Passover/08 Heart and Soul/09 Twenty Four Hours/10 THose Days/11 Novelty/12 Dead Souls/13 The Only Mistake/14 Something Must Break/15 Atmosphere/16 Love Will Tear Us Apart-Permanent Mix
LONDON 1979-01 Dead Souls/02 Disorder/03 Wilderness/04 Autosugestion/05 Transmission/06 Day of the Lords/07 She's Lost Control/08 Shadowplay/09 Atrocity Exhibition/10 Insight
LES BAINS DOUCHES 1980-01 Disorder/02 Love Will Tear Us Apart/03 Insight/04 Shadowplay/05 Transmission/06 Day of the Lords/07 Twenty Four Hours/08 These Days/09 A Means to an End/10 Passover/11 New Dawn Fades/12 Atrocity Exhibition/13 Digital/14 Dead Souls/15 Autosuggestion/16 Atmosphere
OK, LOTTA work went into this.....hope to see some good download numbers and good comments one the links are up. I realie this is brutally depressing stuff, it really is, but it serves a purpose no question.......perhaps the next post will be maybe something a bit sunnier? Always looking for suggestions, as I try to make clear. Hope everyone has a good Friday Evening and we'll see what happens tomorrow. But please, if you're a Joy Division fan, grab the stuff you don't have......if your a Joy Division novice (oh, you KIDS), please check this out, it is perhaps the greatest look ever into a truly TORTURED soul, much in it's own way that the music of Nirvana foretold the ultimate, untimely loss of Kurt Cobain. Mr. Curtis, you are missed, I hope that now you are at peace....I always enjoyed your music (when in the right frame of mind), and I know (for one), my brother (mentioned earlier) TRULY loved your work. You DID make the world a better place, sorry that the world couldn't offer you more peace and comfort while you were here.