Supposedly lost tapes of Unknown Pleasures have been 'looked after' Julia Adamson since the 1980s
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Sunday 07 November 2010
New Love is the second album by Former Ghosts, a project led by a self-evident Joy Division fan called Freddy Ruppert but also featuring Phoenix-based nouveau-goth singer Zola Jesus and Jamie Stewart of San José avant-gardists Xiu Xiu.
Thursday 04 November 2010
Intimate portraits of Mancunian band Joy Division on tour the year before their frontman Ian Curtis' tragic death are available to buy as collector's items for the first time.
Tuesday 26 October 2010
Monday 13 September 2010
Watching Joe Hart in the England game last week and his inky black shirt (pictured), decorated with almost unperceivable St George crosses, is verily the football shirt's answer to Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures, so discreet and even opaque is its beauty. And that is not surprising. Because if Peter Saville's original claim to fame was to turn the album sleeve into an art form he's now turned his hand to doing the same for the uniform of the nation's best-loved sport.
Friday 18 June 2010
Saturday 22 May 2010
Thursday 13 May 2010
In recent years the rise of the indie bands that ironically ‘share’ the same sound as Manchester legends, Joy Division, isn’t something that instantly springs originality to my ears. The first of this sad bunch, and I mean sad in the non-contemporary form (or not), was the hideous Joy Division impersonators, The Editors. Singing songs about not knowing “love like they used to”, could marriage to Radio One DJ Edith Bowman be that bad? They shamelessly dance, sing, and fashion everything (apart from the epileptic fits) that is Ian Curtis, this can only fill me with resent.
The Weekend's TV: I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band, Sat, BBC2<br/>Modern Masters, Sun, BBC1<br/>Eyewitness, Sun, BBC2
Monday 03 May 2010
Sunday 25 April 2010
Saturday 24 April 2010
Half Man Half Biscuit, or HMHB, are a band from Birkenhead that constituted a sort of dessert for the strong meat served-up during the punk era. Formed in around 1984, they seem to be still going, and there has never been a finer group of musical, social and political satirists (unless you count the Barron Knights).
Friday 09 April 2010
It doesn't take a great leap of imagination to see why film directors find rock bands so compelling. Their stories invariably take in the crucial components of drama – rebellion, egotism, money, sex, drugs and, in the more extreme cases, death. And they have never been so popular. Recently we have seen Anton Corbijn's Control, about Joy Division's Ian Curtis, Sam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy, about a youthful John Lennon, and Mat Whitecross's paean to Ian Dury, Sex & Drugs & Rock'n' Roll, as well as a deluge of rock-docs on the likes of Dr Feelgood, Joe Strummer and Anvil.
Monday 15 March 2010
Along with Crispy Ambulance and The Wake, the post-punk group Section 25 struggled to emerge from the long shadow cast by their Factory label-mates Joy Division/New Order, in the UK especially, but commanded a strong following in continental Europe, particularly in the Benelux countries and Germany. They recorded a John Peel session in 1981, and supported The Cure, the Stranglers and Talking Heads, as well as several of their Factory contemporaries, and made dark, brooding records which influenced the likes of Sonic Youth and Orbital and were sampled by the Shamen.
Tuesday 26 January 2010
It's cruelly ironic that, after garnering tremendous praise for their Mercury-nominated self-titled debut album last year, The Invisible have barely featured in the collective conscience of the Great British record-buying public. Their relative obscurity seems to be one of those strange mismatches of talent and fame, and certainly less than their intricate, well-delivered compositions deserve.
Wednesday 06 January 2010
Friday 18 December 2009
The gruesomely jaunty metal sign over the entrance to Auschwitz that has become a symbol of the Nazi Holocaust was stolen in the early hours of today.
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