Joy Division-“New Dawn Fades” & Interpol-“Leif Erikson”

Joy Division

Joy Division formed in Greater Manchester in 1976. In the beginning Joy Division referred to themselves as a “Punk” band, but by the time their debut album “Unknown Pleasures” was released in 1979, they’d developed a sound that was extraordinarily groundbreaking.

Joy Division’s sound, at the time, was described as “doom laden,” and there is certainly a sense of foreboding and tension in their music. (An almost intentional restraint).

Ian Curtis’ lyrics centered a great deal on death and isolation, and when coupled with the “Lead Bass” playing style of Peter Hook, the muted guitar of Bernard Sumner and the almost Metronomic drumming of Stephen Morris, Joy Division’s music went down a path not yet traveled.

Considered one of the first bands in the “Post Punk,” era Joy Division’s influence, not unlike Captain Beefheart’s, is almost immeasurable. In fact, “Unknown Pleasures” is said to not only be one of the best albums ever recorded, but one of the most influential as well. (Joy Division is credited with building the foundation for “Goth.” Christ!!! Dorks with “Beetlejuice” tattoos!!!!!)

Unfortunately, Joy Division never had an opportunity to really expand their sound to the fullest. In 1979, Ian Curtis was diagnosed with Epilepsy, and the illness severely impacted not only his life, but Joy Division’s ability to record and play music. (Curtis, it’s reported, often had seizures on stage including “tonic-clonic” seizures, and the band was forced to cancel numerous shows to allow him time to recover).

On May 18, 1980, after watching the “New Wave” movie “Stroszek” (A film about a street singer who commits suicide) Ian Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his home.

Joy Division only recorded two albums: “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer.” Several albums, comprised of unreleased material, were issued after Curtis’ death.

“New Dawn Fades”


MrBlue006

 

Interpol

I included a video by Interpol to demonstrate the influence Joy Division has to this day. Interpol’s “Turn on the Bright Lights” was recorded over 20 years after “Unknown Pleasures,” but if you listen you can hear Joy Division in their sound.

“Leif Erikson”


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~ by fairlane on August 15, 2007.

9 Responses to “Joy Division-“New Dawn Fades” & Interpol-“Leif Erikson””

  1. But you neglect the New Order years?

    Regards,

    Tengrain

  2. You know Ten, I never much cared for New Order.

    But I’ll post one of their videos for you in the not too distant future. I’ll just remind people how much they suck. Maybe I’ll compare them to Banarama or something:)

    Adieu

  3. Ten-I forgot. I’m impressed with your knowledge of music. Most people never heard of Joy Division much less their quite inferior aftermath New Order.

  4. Interesting. Seen the name, but never listened to.

    Now, the Captain and Zappa were in my time. Growing up in SF, there was always free music in the park, in the Haight, on the Wharf and in the streets. The best (well only one I knew) radio station, Underground FM : KSAN, Jive 95 with Tom Donohue. I have lots of promos from tapes. In early Sept I will put a few up.

    Thanks for sharing………I think…….Cheers!

  5. Ah… you had me at “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. That song says it all for me. And the legacy of JD.

    Brilliant!

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