Joy Division - Disorder (from the album Unknown Pleasures, Factory 1979)

Saw them at Eric's and on The Buzzcocks tour of 1979. The post-punk band of course and a quite staggering song from a momentous album. The brevity of Joy Division's career is part of their mystique and helps to earn them their place amongst the greats. I love this song dearly, and I loved the way that Curtis fashioned a new form of introspective masculinity at odds with pretty much everything that was around in those slightly more enlightened musical times. Not much more to say about this, but if I close my eyes and think for barely a second, I'm back at the Mountford Hall - watching Ian Curtis's impassioned dervish arm-dancing and listening to that baleful, soulful singing, and not knowing that the demons on display would help to drive him to his sad and lonely death within eight months.

"I've been waiting for a guide to come

 And take me by the hand.

Could these sensations make me feel the pleasures

Of a normal man?"


(SV 2.5.16)