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Not Forgotten: Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

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FOLLOWING the success (well, relatively) of our John Peel playlist, in which we compiled all the Festive 50 tracks for every year John ran that feature all in one place (well, the ones from Spotify anyway), we’re delving into the catalogue of Manchester’s Factory Records. It’s a story that’s been well told in lots of …

Peter Hook & The Light return to Australia and New Zealand in 2022 to perform Joy Division’s landmark albums, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’, in full and sequential order. Plus as a special bonus they will perform an opening set of New Order material. Joy Division co-founder and bassist was part of the band for the …

Last week saw the joint release on Cardinal Fuzz and Little Cloud Records of the fifth album from Sweden’s finest purveyors of heavy drones, fuzzed nightmares and stökpsych, The Janitors. Noisolation Sessions Vol.1 is a testament of three months in disturbing times. In March 2020 The Janitors had their new Album written and studio time …

Unknown Pleasures album cover

The problem with Joy Division is that it is like a Colombo re-run: however brilliant it is, you know precisely how it ends. Last week, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ celebrated its 40th birthday, so I sat down to listen to it, as though for the first time. The truth is, its magnificent. The guitars soar over tight …

If you think it all began and ended with You’re Gorgeous, a song which catapulted Stephen Jones into the mainstream 22 years ago (number 3 in the UK charts) , then you’d be mistaken. He’d already recorded a handful of records by that point, and since then, with the help of bandcamp he’s released nigh …

Poised to commence his legal action against The Other Three, Peter Hook bestrides the legacies of two seminal bands like some kind of a COLOSSUS; Joy Division and New Order. Tonight, it’s “Imperial”-period New Order and he’s playing their mid eighties albums “Low-life” and “Brotherhood.” For reasons that I won’t bore you with, I missed …

It’s weird where music takes you sometimes. During my second listen to this album by Cathode Ray Eyes, a solo project by Ryan, guitarist/ vocalist from Psych Insight favourites Cult of Dom Keller, I went off of a mind riff on what would have happened if Ian Curtis had not tragically killed himself. I think …

I lived in Manchester for the best part of two decades so it was an astonishing experience to be transported by LoneLady right back to Hulme’s crumbling brutalist terraces and forward to the modern Northern powerhouse the city now is. LoneLady – aka Julie Ann Campbell – has created a series of soundscapes that evoke …