Substance – Joy Division

Things to do when you are bored, number 341. Here is something to try on those long rainy summer days, search Atmosphere and Joy Division on Twitter, then on each entry write the reply, I still prefer the Russ Abbott version. Some people find it mildly amusing, but some get really mad, especially when they don’t realise you are making a joke and then they ask for a link. To be fair that isn’t what makes them mad, it is the sending of the video link of Russ doing the song on Top of the Pops that does it. When did Joy Division fans become so earnest?
I wanted to listen to this tonight as it contains my favourite Joy Division track, Dead Souls. I remember perching over my radio at about 10:45, Ferguson cassette recorder to the ready with the hope of John Peel playing something that I would want on tape. Dead Souls came on, I was so captured by the beauty of it, I forgot to press pause and start recording. I still think Dead Souls is a much overlooked moment of genius in the JD canon, and to think it ended up as a B-side.
RIP; Ian Curtis and John Peel

Closer – Joy Division

I think important records/songs leave an indelible impression on people. I have very vivid memories of where I was, and what I was doing when I first heard The Stranglers, The Smiths, The Fall, The Clash and a whole host of others (basically, lying on my bed listening to John Peel). I remember exactly where I was when I first heard Joy Division, I was lying on my bed listening to John Peel (never!). I still considered myself a musical child at this time, I liked Punk Rock, but anything outside that was foreign to me. That is until I heard Twenty Four Hours. Twenty Four Hours is my boy to man track, all music anoraks have a boy to man track, with some, it may not actually happen until they are in their 30s. I am sure there is a female equivalent of this.
Some of it sounds a bit over produced tonight, I think I could have lived without the synths on Isolation (I feel scared even suggesting this, as I do believe a beyond the grave Martin Hannett could come out my speakers and give me a slapping). But what a record, I love Decades and Passover, but of course nothing comes close to Twenty Four Hours.
Listening to this tonight is tinged with a bit of sadness, what would the rest of the 80s and 90s have been like if Ian Curtis had lived? I think it would have been a very different landscape. Imagine a world without Spandau Ballet, now that is something to cherish.
Micro review; J.G. Ballard with guitars.
Three word review; John Peel RIP