To do this blog I asked Mr Chaney if he had any interesting history pieces about Joy Division. His best one was that just before the release of their 1st album they when they were known as Warsaw they were sixth on a local punk all day festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, were they were described as - and I am quoting here - shite. Not quite the story I was hoping for, but beggars cannot be choosers. This is the second and final album by Joy Division which was released 2 months after their singer Ian Curtis had killed himself on the eve of their first USA tour.
As much as Curtis is revered as a hero, a musical poet and amazing - if ever
there was anyone who needed help and not to be on a tour, this was the man.
Everything he ever sings is just so dark and desolate and it is not a happy
album. You listen to this and your mood just goes through the
floor. I have had happier times watching war movies, if I was
marking this in colours it would be a new shade of black, as ordinary black is
just too happy for it.
A few people I know have levelled that this band (and this album) are over
rated. Now I can see what they mean about the band at times, the music is
not played very well and slightly messy, Curtis is not the best singer in the
world - however this album as a whole, except for "Isolation" - that
song is shocking and Therapy? do the best version of it - is just a work of
dark post punk genius.
With songs like "Twenty Four Hours", "Passover",
"Atrocity Exhibition" and "Colony" this is nothing short of
the darkest piece of midnight that has been released as a record. If you are
feeling down, this will push you over the edge. If there is anything else out
there darker than this, it will need a health warning. Now I need to go to a
happy place and if I am asked about this record I can only tell a therapist and
using a doll to show where it hurts.....
9 out of 10 - Almost perfect....Almost
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