Best Joy Division Songs
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Back to the good old days, I remember seeing Joy Division about 10-12 times in the good old days. Still the only song in which I cried to, the final performance at Birmingham uni (I was there) and after hearing it in 1981 it was the definitive Joy Division Song
I am glad someone agrees that this is their saddest song, as I included it in an essay about songs for different emtotions, for "sad". The emotion in this song is unparalelled in the joy Division cannon, and the fact that it's the last song Ian performed makes it even sadder.V1 Comment
This song is Ian saying the "live life to it's fullest" propoganda given out by society so you
Go out and use its facilities instead of saying safely indoors.
This rare gem was one of, if not the last song Joy Division ever recorded, 4 days before Ian's tragic suicide. The snare drumming and deep bass synth instantly set the mood of hopelessness and indeed, loneliness of this track. Ian's lyrics are rather chilling, as they describe how he will soon be. "The hangman looks round as he waits, cord stretches tight then it breaks" His tortured voice uttering this line brings me shivers every time. The track also includes the use of a melodica, an instument Ian had previously utilised on the track "Decades", which also used a similar synth sound to this track. Finally, Bernard's guitar section brings the last two minutes of the track to a dramatic close, as the synth begins to distort and the drumming breaks down towards the last 30 seconds. Truly an overlooked masterpiece.
Both versions. The original is incredible, a unique blend of Joy Division classic atmospheric sound with western movie's harmonica features, something never heard from, never made by and even never approached by any other bands on the earth. Then the New Order remastering in Anton Corbijn's Control motion picture is a true rebirth for this song, at the same time powerful, modern, deep and insightful. Definitely a can't miss. - n00w
Not only the most depressive song by Joy Division, but perhaps even the most depressive song ever written. The poor quality of rehearsal recording only adds to the gloomy atmosphere of the song. Along with "Decades" my favourite song.
Full of powerful rusty chords and great duo of Peter Hook and Ian Curtis vocals
Classic post-punk hymn where you already guess the roots of New Order later works. It's also one of the most accessible to the ears of the general public. - n00w
Delivers a harsh, militaristic vibe, definitely one of my favourites.
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