The first time I heard Joy Division

was like hearing what serious rock music could sound like.

Copyright Peter Saville

Joy Division still shocks me. If I go say a few months without hearing them, it seems like I’m unprepared aurally or emotionally.

It’s powerful, potent stuff. Like all proper music, it demands your attention.

Stick on Unknown Pleasures. Go on.

Gut punk spoken poetry delivered with clarity and confident swagger by that man, Ian Curtis.

The instrumentation is precise and cool-

You’ve got the metronomic, pounding drums of Stephen Morris. The driving Peter Hook bass. The spiritual searching work from Bernard Sumner.

It’s just so very fresh.

As an aside, and I don’t mean this as an insult, but Interpol have tried to be Joy Division for twenty years now. For me, they haven’t got there.

What the Joy Division guys accomplished in a couple of albums is unique.

I’ve got the spirit, but lose the feeling,
Feeling, feeling, feeling, feeling, feeling, feeling, feeling.
Joy Division — Disorder

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