I’m not much of a Joy Division fan, as I can only take so much post-industrial Midlands desolation. But this one’s pretty good, and Ian Curtis’s stage gestures are interesting to say the least, especially when he really cuts loose at around 3:00.
You bastards might know way more about these guys, so my apologies if what follows is common knowledge. It’s pretty widely known that Ian Curtis hanged himself of the eve of what would have been their first tour of the U.S. Beyond that, I’ve picked up a few interesting facts over the years:
-They formed after seeing the Sex Pistols perform in Manchester. That same gig also inspired the formation of The Buzzcocks and The Smiths.
-Their bass player developed his style of playing in the upper register because when they started out, his amp was so shitty that it wouldn’t reproduce lower notes without sputtering.
-Ian Curtis had epilepsy and based his stage moves on his seizures, to the point that his bandmates could not tell when he was having a real one. This predictably led to some disatrous gigs.
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I didn’t know that about Peter Hook. I do know he stole the bassline for Blue Monday from Morricone.
They’re a band I know I’m supposed to like, but have never quite got around to checking out.
Didn’t know that about Blue Monday. As for the Peter Hook amp story, I read that in a review of a memoir he published a few years ago. According to the review, it’s a very good book, often very funny as opposed to the gloom & doom one might expect.
You should definitely check out their two albums. Some people whose opinion I respect like them far more than I do, so the problem’s likely with me.