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"Everyone's living in their own little world. When I was about 15 or 16 at school, I used to talk with me mates and we'd say: 'As soon as we leave, we'll be down in London, doing something nobody else is doing.' Then I used to work in a factory, and I was really happy because I could daydream all day. All I had to do was push this wagon with cotton things in it up and down. But I didn't have to think. I could think about the weekend, imagine what I was going to spend me money on, which LP I was going to buy ... You can live in your own little world." Ian Curtis, July 1979.
AN IDEAL FOR LIVING An History of Joy Division From Their Mythical Origins as The Stiff Kittens To Their Programmed Future as New Order Mark Johnson - Outside David Lees - Background Paul Morley - Faces & Masks Jon Wozencroft - Inside
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PROTEUS BOOKS is an imprint of The Proteus Publishing Group United States PROTEUS PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC. 9 West 57th Street, Suite 4504 New York, NY 10019 distributed by Cherry Lane Books Company, Inc. P.O. Box 430 Port Chester New York, NY 10573 United Kingdom Proteus Books Limited Bremar House, Sale Place London W2 1PT distributed by J. M. Dent & Sons (Distribution) Limited Dunhams Lane, Letchworth Herts. SG61LF ISBN 0 86272 165 4 (paperback) ISBN 0 86276 166 2 (hardback) ISBN 0 86276 247 2 (cloth) First published in US 1984 First published in UK 1984 Copyright © 1984 Mark Johnson All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means including information storage and retrieval systems without permission in writing from the Publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review. Cover photography: Robin Roddey at PGF Design (outside): Peter Saville Associates Design (inside): Garry Movat at Ai Frontispiece: "Unknown Pleasures" by Anton Corbijn Filmset by SX Composing Ltd, Rayleigh, Essex Cover reproduction by Aragorn Colour Repro Printed and bound in Great Britain by Blantyre Printing and Binding, Scotland
INTRODUCTION This is an eclectic history of Joy Division, a band which have gone through as many (or more) faces as they have names. Whether they were called Warsaw, and played a distinctive industrial punk in cellar clubs supporting groups now-forgotten, or New Order, with their ethereal, soaring "music of the spheres", the band are Joy Division, because that is the point from which they are invariably considered. Like a significant part of Britain's independent music, even New Order are a post-Joy Division group. They may call it irrelevant, they may rise above it, but they cannot escape their past. Obviously, numerous errors will creep into a project of this type and for these I heartily apologise. Factory Records' release dates for Joy Division and New Order vinyls are approximate at best, primarily due to Factory's record-keeping system. I welcome all corrections, which may be addressed to me in care of the publisher. Also, considerable information (including set-lists) was deleted due to space considerations, and I will happily answer any questions I can. A short note about bootleg cassettes and albums: those events where bootlegs are available are marked *. If you are searching for them, just ask about when you go to your next New Order concert and you will surely find other fans more than willing to accommodate. An Ideal for Living is, I hope, food for thought. Reviews of the band's vinyls have not been included because the recordings are all available in one form or another, and each time we hear them new meanings emerge. Concert reviews, on the other hand, help return a past moment to life — keeping in mind that they but reflect the mood of the reviewer at the time. There is an 'outside' and an 'inside' to life as well as this book, and my aim has been to leave all myths unexploded and all reality undisturbed. Mark Johnson London
THE NAME CHECK What you are about to read is really a culmination of the contributions of fans from Britain, the United States, and Europe who have, over the past almost six years, saved every scrap of information they could find about Joy Division. I have been very lucky, indeed, to have been given both their trust and their help. To these fans (many of whom wish to remain anonymous), and to the music professionals in Manchester and London who have also assisted, I express my gratitude: Mark Standley and Kathryn; Tim and Steve at-Bonaparte Records, Kings Cross; Paul Briden; Steve Brotherdale of The Earwigs and Gill; Kevin Millins, Hugh Jones, Sharon Maconie, and Colin Faver at Final Solution; Stuart James; Dave Kitson at Red Flame Records; Pete Fulwell; Debbie Cannon (US); Sylvie Gibory (France); Karen Pierce; Gary Thompson; Mike Eastwood; Mick O'Driscoll; Andrew Dawson; Craig S. Wood; Dave Pils; Jed Duffy; Nick Wraith; John Keenan; Alan Wise; Malcolm Whitehead at IKON FCL; Gordon Charlton; Richard Boon at New Hormones; The Bedford N'd; Nigel Bagley; Bernard Connor and Gary Desmond in Liverpool; lain Thomson; Kathy Kelly and Kate at New Musical Express; Martin Hannett and Susanna O'Hara; Tony Wilson and Leslie at Factory Communications Ltd; those of the band and their management who assisted with corrections and suggestions; and, certainly not last, Jim Van Tyne who first led me into the atrocity exhibition. To The Lady In Hawaii: Aloha nuiloa. Au-ia-oe. Keiinineiau oe ku me a'u.
PRE-FACE I left my memory to play its tricks, rather than fight it. It's only recently that I've been reminded that Warsaw were waiting for me in the Manchester city centre before they drove off to an underground bunker in the mourning Pennine wilder/ness, to record. To-days exaggeration considers that they waited four hours for my baby blue presence, but they probably paused for minutes before hissing open cans and hitting the silver road. I think that they wanted me to produce - a loose term covering four bald sins, I expect- their first recording, seriously called 'An Ideal For Living.' Who knows how my life would have been changed if I'd managed to squabble through a hangover out of my bed and keep that Sunday appointment. (How drunk could I have been when I made the promise, suggesting I could conjure up the crystalline mystique of Spector, Brod, Eno and Czukay combined?) A change in my life? Probably none at all: things were blinking in and blanking out lazily and fast in those 77-heaven days, causing no effect that would stick fast. We were all pale hysterical ghosts of anything we were to become. I would have produced Warsaw, the record would have been no different because if the time isn't right the trees don't joke, and it would have been as important in my life as a stone in a date, and for Joy Division my association would have settled into social blandness. You see, and I knew this the time we all sprang up in our places at the Free Trade Hall to see Buzzcocks and Sex Pistols, it was all predestined what we were going to get up to. Even if I'd started out as a Stiff Kitten I would still have threaded my way into the position as top pop writer of the post-modernist times: and nothing except a real fine joke would have stopped Joy Division alighting on that empty space which stretches between person and person, between ignorance and knowledge, between one hand and another, and shocking those who were awake with what it was they did. What it was they did. . . all those creeping inside here hoping to embrace the essence, the essential sinful pleasure, of what it was they did - a minute or a century past 'An Ideal For Living' should fade away: Back Off Boogaloo! as Ringo said, aptly. No such luck: not much luck is left. All the luck of the century is greedily snatched at and soaked up by young people like Joy Division, searching for nothing to do so that they might do something. Joy Division were drunk on luck before anything else, pernod or bitter. Joy Division were lucky, lucky that they turned the damned whore rock language back into a virgin, lucky that out of their common sense blossomed a peculiar beauty, lucky that amidst it all they were quite stupid, lucky if you assume that what they wanted to do was create something rich and better than some fucking decorative abbreviation. And we should thank our lucky stars that they were so lucky, if not think about what it was they did every other minute of the day. To look straight at luck, head on into the glare, is to have it disappear, twitch away, like a black spot on the eyeball: it hovers, in vision but out of it, irritating and enthralling, restless and nowhere, here and then. Luck; just like Joy Division, in vision but out of it. A grasp that can be found even
in our artificial and fearful times. In a way, and I say this a lot to myself as my memory plays with its tricks, my connection with Joy Division and their particular halo is that of a minor character in a minor Beatles biography: I tell my story to a dim researcher, I went to school at 14 with Pete Best, I once almost asked out George Harrison's cousin or, in this case, I talked with Ian in ranches circuses and factories about glueing our personalities to the world through words and pauses. Nothing much, I wasn't there, but in the end I wasn't far away. Somehow, reminding us how much the pop writer was viewed disproportionately, I gained small time fame as the one who took a torch to this dark Division: shined a light on this. . . un-usual commitment to living. People will approach me at Rainbows and Odeons to say that if it hadn't been for my support... I blush, and might even boast, because I don't tell good jokes. But it was all so slight-what else? I mentioned Joy Division often enough for everyone nearby to know of them, and maybe look for themselves. I never said anything about the group: I did little more than talk about the weather, hoping that readers knew their Oscar Wilde and would be certain that I meant something else. (This also applies to the best ever interview with a member of Joy Division, when I asked their guitarist what he wanted to drink.) I was as quiet as I possibly could be allowing for my former urge to babble bouncily given the flimsiest encouragement, because what I feel about Joy Division is no business of yours. What New Order are to me is nothing, really, to do with you. What I let leak out may give you a clue, it may be a joke; when I use the word 'impatience' I'm showing you a glimpse of one of my biggest secrets. So, they won't name any streets after Joy Division. At least they never tried to help anyone. They just took their chance, as everyone can, to reinvent the things around them. Until we are stopped. I think we're all aware in our own private ways that we can only respond, in public, to what spun out from what they did, to what surrounds what it is they do. The Division, the order, is all guessing, luck, wishing, indifference, impatience.. . to a point, and past that point we're forced to disentangle and wipe away our habitual conceptions of reality. We can never talk sensibly in public of'the inside.' No words reach that deep. I've often felt that those on whom the group's effect would be most beneficial are repelled, and on those on whom they most fascinate their effect may be dangerous, even harmful. And then, when I reach this far in, somewhere between patterned leaking and plain spilling the beans, I just have to tell a joke. Heard the one about the tragicjew and the lucky scholar . . . ? I am inclined to believe that one should only listen to Joy Division when one is in an eupeptic state of physical and mental health and, in consequence, tempted to dismiss any scrupulous heartsearching as a morbid fuss. When one is in low spirits, one should possibly keep away from them, for, unless introspection is accompanied, as it always is with New Order, by an equal passion for the good life, it all too easily degenerates into spineless narcissistic fascination with one's own sins and weaknesses. Now we wouldn't want that, would we?
GLASS : MESH "The only alternative to the spectacle becomes the spectacle of the alternative" -Factory Newsletter, Sep 79. "Who is right, and who can tell, and who gives a damn right now. " Until the spirit, new sensation takes hold, then you know." -"Disorder". "Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day." -Albert Camus, The Fall, 1957. Broadcast. Here it is, and was as it were, no design -1 knew the tone the image effect of the project-1 had that: the mood, the colours and a fear of the REactions - There is and is no plot, only the soundtrack to market machine, counterfeit ticket to the highpeep show. That is, this thing has the morals that you invented for it after the event, and the character is exactly what it is in the confines of the film. The talk between the scenes .. . The open reels seem twisted - inverted - but they were like that when they found them at the outset - there is no meaning in the story, and it seems that there was no story when they filmed it what you see in that direction is your own invented coating -1 have no control over it. Let's say this story was aborted by reason. (Film) the bloody thing I did not make! It constituted itself. .. while I watched -1 have enough difficulty determining the contents, certain that isolated scenes will conflict with the already-fuzzy subtitles. This is the film I saw. . . "A mass of harmless attitudes Attack them or subside. No matter what they say you do. Your heart meets you, late at night." - "Procession". STIFF KITTENS & WARSAW The histories of many bands which began in 1976 and 1977 start with The Sex Pistols, and this is no exception. The youth of Manchester were strongly affected in June of 1976 when Howard Devoto twice brought the Pistols to the North to play the Lesser Free Trade Hall with his new group Buzzcocks. No matter what opinion one holds of The Sex Pistols, they proved once and for all that anyone could start a band, whether you could play or not. New bands sprang up almost overnight all over England. By the time the Anarchy Tour (The Sex Pistols, The Heartbreakers, and The Clash) rolled into Manchester, school friends Bernard Dicken of Salford and Peter Hook, and Terry Mason had formed their own group. They were on hand when the Anarchy Tour played The Electric Circus on Thursday, 9 December 1976, and received their first mention in the press: "The sentiments were echoed by most every kid I spoke to-they were certainly all in the process of forming bands, Stiff Kittens (Hooky, Terry, Wroey and Bernard, who has the final word) being the most grotesque offering" (Pete Silverton, Sounds, 19 Dec 76). Although Sounds listed Bernard's neighbour, Wroey, it was not really anticipated that he would join the band when they began playing
ABOUT-FACE Now we turn from transplantation to acclimatisation. A group oh, any group, hip or square, hard boiled or hysterical - became The Noise. Not any noise. The Noise settles and unsettles around the fundamental disorientation of being which Conrad speaks of as "the heart of darkness" or Bettelheim as "the extreme situation". What Ringo, talking to Russell Harty, called "madness". The group-we call such things "groups" but four young boys teaming up together, why, it's almost a little gang - were as threatening as a spilt drink. It's no use crying. But The Noise is the threat: a little hell after my own heart. The group rocked, in the antique sense of the word. They were snapped into place like a white lego brick. The Noise - antiPlatonic - sees art not as an imitation of "the real" BUT MORE REAL. The Noise is homeless and proud of it: it's no accident. The group's ambition was to use up as little space as possible, and here make various experiments, folding their arms and crossing their legs, huddling close together. (It is for them and their kind, the unfinished and the bunglers, that there is hope.) The Noise keeps its distance but moves inside, has an ambition to, say, recreate the sensation of fright, extend mild flirtations, a violent temper, a lonely craving, a dreadful shyness into a restlessness the other side of time and outside history. I do not claim that this ambition is a conscious one, but it is bound to be present: it is The Noise's reason of state. How do we explain the sense of this Noise, or the true (literal) non-sense? Perhaps we imagine something, anything, connected to the sentence: 'the outbreaks of rage are timed to the tickings of the seconds to which the melancholy man is slave.' Perhaps we pay tribute to the stupidity of the broad masses. Perhaps The Noise is only fit to throw away. Is it enough to announce that The Noise is infinitely new and uncanny? Does it enact the dialectical reciprocity of cloture and radiance? The Noise - mood for thought? It is not known if Ringo has any thoughts on this. So - is The Noise, perhaps, Ideal? Not particularly. JOY DIVISION A rather serious problem had developed late in November of 1977 with the release of an album by the London-based group Warsaw Pakt. Their claims to fame, as it turned out, were to play a lot of dates at one venue, Hammersmith's Red Cow, and to put out Europe's first "instant" album. Recorded directly onto a master disc in a single take just after midnight one Saturday night, 5,000 copies of their Needle Time were in the stores by the next Monday morning. Manchester's Warsaw planned to expand its following by playing London, a major step toward winning the elusive record contract. But, as they were told by one of the major London booking agencies, a band called Warsaw would have difficulty getting gigs in the capital because of their similarity of name with Warsaw Pakt. With their future at stake, the group chose to accept the risks involved and change their name. After some discussion, they chose Joy Division, the name coming from a lurid novel of sado-masochism
THE FACTORY Friday October 20th
JOY DIVISION CABARET VOLTAIRE THE TILLER BOYS
RUSSEL CLUB ROYCE ROAD MOSS SIDE
Meanwhile, Joy Division preyed on Rob Gretton's mind. He had awakened the morning after the Stiff Test with the group's songs still running around in his head, and he soon decided that he wanted to manage them. Stopping by Bernard's house, he found that Joy Division has just signed contracts with Anderson and Searling and that an album was in progress. Bernard suggested that Rob come to the rehearsal studios the following Sunday to talk with the group about managing them, but when he arrived he found that Bernard had forgotten to mention him to the band who were wondering what Gretton was doing there. When Bernard arrived, he introduced Rob to the band saying, "Aw, I've got a lot to tell you. This is our new manager." After sitting down to talk with them, Rob Gretton became Joy Division's manager. Joy Division's good impression on Gretton at the Stiff Test was, as it turned out, very fortunate because it was Gretton's dogged determination which made much of the band's public success possible. In addition to having been manager of The Panik, he had co-produced with the band their single, "It Won't Sell" -which didn't. Steve Brotherdale has said that had The Panik gone along with what Gretton was trying to do when he managed them, The Panik would have been much more successful. He had a reputation for being a very steady and deliberate manager who made no promises but somehow made things happen. Gretton did not immediately involve himself with the on-going album deal - it was more a matter of waiting to see what RCA would come up with. And the waiting went on for some months, with the band growing more impatient as time passed. One of Rob Gretton's first acts when he became Joy Division's manager early in May was to commission Better Badges London to produce a series of a dozen badges, six designs in black on white and repeated in white on black (Fig. 9). A run of six thousand was completed in June 1978 and then deleted at the time of Unknown Pleasures when Joy Division decided to eliminate the group's name from the badges and use designs based on their sleeves. The Factory I, Manchester (Friday, 9 Jun 78): The connection with Tony Wilson, made so boldly by Ian at Rafters' bar during the Stiff Test, led to the band's association with Factory, and Joy Division headlined the fourth Friday night of the opening of the Factory Club. The Factory was Wilson's brain-child, and grew out of his strong support of the Manchester area's young bands. He had been responsible for the
Fig. 12: FAC 3 poster, 20 October 1978
popular (but ahead of its time) television show, "So It Goes", and his confidence in the talent of the Northern groups, combined with a lack of viable Manchester rock venues, led to a one-night-a-week showplace held on Fridays at the Russel Club, usually a West Indian cultural centre. The Factory now became the venue for all the Mancunian bands struggling to make names for themselves. Joy Division was selected to headline by Richard Boon, manager of Buzzcocks, who envisioned the gig as a showcase for his new act, The Tiller Boys (made up of Pete Shelley, Eric Random, and Francis Cookson), which was playing its first performance that night. Also on the bill for the series of four nights were The Durutti Column, Cabaret Voltaire, Jilted John, Big In Japan, and Manicured Noise, a sufficient diversity of musical talent to guarantee sold-out houses. The poster for the evenings, designed by Peter Saville (later responsible for most Joy Division and New Order product design) in the style of the Constructivists in yellow and black, became Factory's first "event", FAC I (Fig. 10). "And after The Tiller Boys came Joy Division who were so much
different from how they were as Warsaw. And they were supremely better. They stuck out as being so much better. No matter what the band or Tony Wilson might say, Warsaw were nothing. No one was really interested in Warsaw. Then all of a sudden it was Joy Division. I would say this was really where Joy Division started. And what came after all worked up from this point" (Nigel Bagley, Jun 82). During June of 1978, Joy Division self-issued the 5000 copies of their An Ideal For Living EP (Enigma PSS139) in the form of a 7" (Fig. 11) which came with "a special folding Sleeve which turns into a 14" x 14" full colour/black-white poster-a real treat for all 'Collectors item' fans" (letter from Steve to London promoters and record distributors). The 1" was to be distributed "on our label-Enigma-but. . . it was discovered that another record company existed with the title Enigma, so once again we are in a 'HAVING TO CHANGE THE NAME' situation." Unfortunately, the terrible quality of the stacks of 7" records had not been improved by sitting on the shelf for six months, and Paul Morley reviewed it by saying "the record is structurally good, though soundwise poor, a reason it may not be widely released" (A/ME, 3 Jun 78). The poster-sleeve for the 7" was designed by Bernard and made up of four 7" x 1" segments: upper left is a drummer-boy noticeably resembling a member of the Hitler Youth but more exemplifying the concept of "music by youth" and the EP's title. The upper right segment contains two outdoor photographs, one of Bernard and Steve and the other Ian and Peter. The lower left quadrant of the sleeve is a photograph of the band standing together against the wall of what looks like the inside of a cell. The photograph on the lower right is a very famous one of a young Jewish boy in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II with his hands in the air being guarded by an armed Nazi storm-trooper, and the opening four lines of the EP's song "Leaders of Men". The poster/ sleeve is most certainly "an enigma", and one which caused the group further accusations of Nazi sympathies: "Another Fascism For Fun And Profit mob, judging by the Hitler Youth imagery and Germanic typography. But interesting, and definitely worth investigation if you're gripped by the grindilgriff gloom and industrial bleakness of the Wire/ Subway Sect order." Eric's, Liverpool (Saturday matinee, 15 Jul 78): Joy Division supported The Rich Kids on one of the first stops of the latter's debut British tour. The Fan Club (Roots Club), Leeds (Thursday, 27 Jul 78): The Durutti Column and Joy Division were co-billed. Finally, in July or August 1978, the long-awaited offer came back from RCA's Derek Everett. RCA would put out one album and see how it sold before committing to a second, and there would be no advance. Joy Division was shocked because they believed that they deserved better - they had made considerable progress since the aborted LP, and they knew they were more saleable than the offer implied. A couple of weeks later, at 11.00 one Friday night, Rob Gretton phoned John Anderson - neither man had met or spoken before - and laid out the band's terms: a £10,000 advance and 15% royalties to the band or no deal. A raging argument broke out between the two which ended when Anderson, who had never made anything from his efforts and expenses on Joy Division, told Gretton to "Fuck off!" Anderson wanted nothing more to do with the band or Gretton, and soon after received a letter from the solicitor retained by Joy Division. The solicitor had gone over the American-style publishing contract,
beyond expectation, as Mick Middlehurst related (The Face, Nov 80): "The intensity, the passion of this music completely eclipsed anything the audience had seen in a long, long time. Most people left the gig in a state of exhaustion, unable to explain just why this tiny local band had affected them so deeply. In fact, Joy Division were as surprised as everyone else by their apparent power. All they had done [since their last Factory appearance] was to solidly rehearse and tighten a few musical knots. They had brought their drumming to the forefront. They had found the style which would soon prove to be a major influence on Britain's music scene." Joy Division was giving the rock press free copies of their 12" release of An Ideal For Living EP that night (Fig. 13), and this new master solved the problem of the old 7"'s poor sound. Though they were now playing a set mostly made up of a different and more mature music than when the EP had been recorded, and had changed from one of many barely-distinguishable punk groups into the band which would never be mistaken for any other, the EP was all they could use to publicise themselves (because their recording contract was still in force). Mick Middles told of his first listening, after this Factory Club concert: "The next morning arrives too soon. I crawl out of bed with a dull throbbing at the back of my head and intent on self mutilation I reach for the record deck. Joy Division's EP is cruelly slapped on. I flinch as the static clicks in the speakers and await my fate. The music begins, dark and loud, almost early Black Sabbath. The lyrics cut through my head.. . . I've never, in all my record collecting life, known a record that is produced as loud as this. The second track is loud but experimental. Hard to compare it to anybody but perhaps Wire. It is magnificent in every way and I couldn't be more sincere." Though not quoted above, Middles shows in his article that he was also given the lyrics to "Ice Age", "Warsaw", and "Walked in Line" as a courtesy to the press. Unfortunately, the courtesy was hardly returned when Middles focused his attention on why "when everyone thinks of Joy Division they automatically think of this Nazi thing". The band had no more of an answer to this than usual. Ian, apparently resigned to the charges, said simply that "everyone calls us Nazis," while Bernard Albrecht (the surname coming from a commercial film editing table) suggested "people tend to take a radical viewpoint on everything, whereas if they would just think for a change, they would see that it is absolutely nothing". It was this 12" which began the tradition of Joy Division's vinyls containing messages in the run-off grooves: "Don't ever let it fade away" (A), and "Feel it closing in" (B) - both lines from "Digital". The release of 1200 copies in October was by Anonymous Records (ANON 1), and a November 1978 indie records catalog listed its office as Steve's home in Macclesfield; Enigma Records was listed at Rob Gretton's residence in Chorlton, Manchester. Both labels, enigmatically enough, shared the same Manchester telephone: Rob's home number. Distribution was also by Rabid Records after their in-house producer, Martin Zero/Hannett, convinced his partners to take on the distribution of the 12" EP. A Factory Sample (double 7" EP; FAC 2; rec. 11 Oct 78; rel. 24 Dec 78): 1. Digital 2. Glass (later re-released on Still) On Wednesday, 11 Oct 78, Joy Division were at Cargo Studios in Rochdale laying down the two tracks which were to be their contribution to FAC 2, the Factory compilation of Northern bands. An accommodation must have been made with Anderson and Searling to allow this recording, which was produced by Martin Zero. Though
support. The Odeon, Canterbury (1979?): According to Steve Morris, this concert supporting The Cure featured Joy Division's only public performance of "Something Must Break". *Bowdon Vale Youth Club, Altrincham (Wednesday, 14 Mar 79):
During their first night at Bowdon Vale, Joy Division's support was Staff 9, a group headed by Craig Scanlon of Manchester's The Fall. "And every week at this club the punks would come down from Salford and Stretford, and they were always there heckling. So were The Bidet Boys, sitting on the floor right in front with their huge tape machine recording every gig" (Nick Wraith, Jun 82). This night was no exception, and The Bidet Boys were their normal boistrous selves, shouting out "Seig, Heil!", "Nazis", and an eloquent (for them) "Yes, fascism is very clever, now fuck off!" During an "interview" which took place on 23 Mar 79, Rob Gretton took a casual look into Joy Division's future: RG: "I should imagine in a year from now we'll have- I'll calculate we'll be more, you know, better known - more widely-accepted throughout the country. We'll have broken out of the north-west provincial shell. Whether that's a good thing or not, I don't know." Q: "What direction would you like most not to see them going in?" RG: "South." Youth Centre, Walthamstow (Friday, 30 Mar 79) (Fig. 17): Once Joy Division had "broken" London, the demand for them increased. Their next gig in London came about when Jasmine Hooper, who managed a youth centre north of the city, and Dave Pils, later to be the group's drum roadie, saw Joy Division at both Hope and Anchor concerts. Jasmine talked to the band about doing a gig at Walthamstow and they agreed. Dave's group at the time, SX, provided support. A very small audience turned out that night because Joy Division had not quite caught on in London. The band drove straight back to Manchester after the gig because Martin Hannett had arranged a special rehearsal rate for using off-peak hours at Strawberry Studios in Stockport-the "first" album was being birthed. The month of April was primarily spent in pre-recording rehearsals which culminated in a four-and-a-half-day marathon session at Strawberry, with Martin Hannett as producer. Working "say, from 2 o'clock in the afternoon to four in the morning getting it done" (Ian), Joy Division laid down fifteen and a half tracks, the ten best being selected for their debut album. Eric's, Liverpool (Thursday, 3 May 79): With the album completed, Joy Division headlined an Amnesty International benefit at Eric's with fellow Mancunian bands The Passage and The Fireplace in support. Ian Wood (NME, 26 May 79) gave an extended view of Joy Division's 'state of the art': "Feeble and pretentious in their past incarnation, Joy Division now sketch withering grey abstractions of industrial malaise. Unfortunately, as anyone who has. . . lived in the low-rent squalor of a Northern Industrial city would know, their vision is deadly accurate. Musically, Joy Division are much more punishing than any Heavy Metal band. What makes them unique is singer Ian Curtis. A slight, thin
Fig. 19: Badge for The Acklam gig, London, 17 May 1979 (actual size)
figure, he moves deftly and delicately, his voice surprisingly strong, in his eyes a look of humility and fear. If this sounds like a mere stage play on paper, in reality Curtis'transparent humanity-thatofaloser caught in a world only partially understood - is totally credible.. . . When Joy Division left the stage I felt emotionally drained. They are, without any exaggeration, an Important Band." Having returned to the club circuit, Joy Division played three gigs on
Fig.20: Unknown Pleasures LP, released June 1979
a Factory tour with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, A Certain Ratio, and John Dowie: The Factory I, Manchester (Friday, 11 May 79) (Fig. 18). Acklam Hall, London (Thursday, 17 May 79): Factory Records contacted Final Solution to set up Joy Division's next London date, and Rob Gretton even had 100 or so special badges made up by Better Badges London which read "Joy Division At The Aklam" (sic) (Fig. 19). Unfortunately, despite advertisements in the rock press and handbills passed out at record shops, only about a hundred people (many of them rock journalists) turned out for this "Factory Night". Joy Division had been well-received in the small club atmosphere of The Hope and Anchor and Marquee, but they were still not well enough known to hope to fill a hall the size of the Acklam as headliner, especially with the support of other Factory bands even more obscure than they were. Bowdon Vale Youth Club, Altrincham (Wednesday, 23 May 79): Although this was part of the Factory Tour, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark did not show up at Bowdon Vale because they thought that the stage - really only a low platform in the corner-would be too small for a two-piece band, its equipment, and (in their case) fluorescent lights. At one point during Joy Division's set the stage lights went out, sending Ian into a real flap. He had been hard at work learning to play the guitar and when it went dark he could not see the chalk marks he had put on the neck to show him the chords. This gig was one of the few times Joy Division played the Still version of "The Kill". Royalty Theatre, Holborn, London (Sunday, 17 Jun 79): With John Cooper-Clarke. Unknown Pleasures (LP; Fact 10/Factus 1; rec. Apr 79; rel. Jun 79): 1. Disorder 1. She's Lost Control 2. Day of the Lords 2. Shadowplay 3. Candidate 3. Wilderness 4. Insight 4. Interzone 5. New Dawn Fades 5.1 Remember Nothing Joy Division's debut was first issued as FACT 10, and contained a message in the run-off groove which reads "This is the way" (A) and "Step inside" (B) from the song "Atrocity Exhibition". The American edition, FACTUS 1, reads "I've been looking for a guide" (B) (a variation on the lyric to "Disorder"). The sleeve of Unknown Pleasures was Peter Saville's stark design (Fig. 20) which contradicted many proper design principles and was the better for it. "Everything on Factory is designed, as opposed to decorated" (Saville, Sep 79). Record sleeves usually evolve from ideas supplied by the band themselves - the graphic on Unknown Pleasures being suggested by Bernard's discovery of the intergalactic scream of a dying star. The group had originally suggested a white cover with a black inner sleeve but agreed with Saville that the image would be stronger with a black cover. Having an "inside" and an "outside" to the album "was a purely arbitrary design decision which had to do with my having a black label on one side of the record and a white label on the other side" (Saville, Sep 82). The photograph on the inner sleeve was given to Saville by the band who had cut it from a book, and it wasn't until two years later that Saville found that it was really a very famous picture by Ralph Gibson. Unknown Pleasures' accessibility was one of its major attractions, as Mick Middlehurst observed: "The album displays two levels, a background of partially hidden noise - smashing glass and muffled
THE SOUND OF MUSIC : 5.8.6 "No language, just sound, is all we need know, To synchronise love to the beat of the show." - "Transmission". " 'Dead Souls', the single most powerful performance on Still, would have been pure grade-B melodrama. . . if the music and Mr. Curtis's electrifying intensity hadn't transcended its lyrical contents. The importance of the other musicians and of Martin Hannett is unwittingly emphasized by the concert performances on Still. Songs that are unforgettable evocations of mental anguish in their original studio versions sound disjointed and desperate on stage, and so does Mr. Curtis." -RobertPalmer, The New York Times, 13 Dec 81. When examining the archives of film, the first unusual aspects of the recordings to emerge was that of the voice carrying the verbal information in musical form. On the earlier examples, the style is abrasive, almost shouted, with a heavy regional accent. These examples, obvious even to the averagely-trained ear, were recorded on more primitive equipment than the later. However, it would appear that once a fairly substantial amount of time in a recording studio had come within financial reach, a period of isolation and eventual transition ensued. The corporate title was changed, and, much more interestingly, the vocalist changed his method of delivery. Voice of Report: On certain unofficial recordings, this transition is well-documented. The vocal has gained an american accent, and added to this was a drop in pitch of about !/3. This style shows evidence of being extremely uncomfortable for the performer, the key of a certain piece being fixed seemingly for ever, never to deviate, and just about a tone too low. The pieces invariably stay at a fixed tempo and key, then, inexplicably, they swoop down - just too low for the range of the voice. This evidence is apparent in nearly every instance of the unofficial early recordings. The published examples are another matter entirely. As a result of investigative research, it would appear that halfway through the assembly of what was to be their first major commercially-available recording, a piece of equipment known as a harmoniser was discovered. It is used for specific purposes in a large variety of situations, for instance in news broadcasts where the voice of an interviewee was considered to be, for the benefit of security, better disguised. The harmoniser took the sound to be processed, and presented it back to the operator of the equipment in a state where the various harmonic structures in the sound were easier to manipulate. This meant, in effect, that the vocalist was
The harmoniser went some way in giving the appearance of his voice being "slowed down" whilst performing in front of an audience, but as private evidence shows, the keys that the instrumentalists had fixed the pieces in when working with this technique were simply too low for the vocalist to "force". When he attempted the lowest notes of his forged performance in the studio, the only way of achieving the desired keys would have been: a) the other musicians raising (ie., transposing) the pitch to accommodate the vocalist's difficulties in realising his previously-doctored performances, and b) singing an octave higher, either all the way through or just at points of difficulty. Needless to say, this would have required a falsetto in the first instance, and a good deal of vocal gymnastics that would have appeared odd in the second. Strangely, the first alternative listed above was not employed. Certainly the musicians were of basic ability, but bearing in mind the nature of individual parts, this would not have been difficult. Most of the pieces are based on major, seventh, or minor chords, played with a bar chord that can be moved up and down the neck and fretboard of the guitar quickly and easily. The chords are for the most part simple 4 or 5 chord patterns that would have required little effort on the part of the guitarist to move two or three frets up. The bassist's parts tended to move in similar single lines high up the fretboard into the guitar's area of range. It must have been obvious to anyone concerned that in this "live" situation, the vocalist was in great distress. The use of varispeed increased with every successive recording. Added advantage - slowing down sound intensifies the previously-inaudible frequencies now rising to the surface, thereby "filling out" the sound. "They write songs about such hackneyed subjects - alienation, mental and social collapse - yet they play them with such a curious attitude, almost as if performing some violent and urgent operation upon the material, that I find it impossible not to stare in a kind of numb horror." -Steve Taylor, Melody Maker. "We may do justice to their conflicting statements by accepting that twice two can sometimes equal five." - Hans Richter,Artand Anti-Art, 1964. "A simple movement or rhyme Could be the smallest of signs." - "Dreams Never End".
spared the obvious discomfort of performing the material "unaided" when in front of an audience. In the studio, on the other hand, another device had just been developed for recording: the varispeed control. This enabled the vocalist to hear his accompaniment, say, a third higher (and of course faster) than normal. While singing along at this "false" pitch, he was recorded on another track. When the completed track was played back at the "normal" or "correct" speed, his performance would be lowered by the same third, but still be in time and in tune with the backing.
Fig.23: Stockport, 28 July 1979
of Joy Division before. They just blew them off because Buzzcocks didn't give the impression that they cared what they were doing on stage" (Bernard Connor, Jul 82). Leeds University (Wednesday, 3 Oct 79): The Leeds gig was completely mad, with 20-30 people fainting as they were crushed against the stage to see Joy Division and Buzzcocks. Joy Division played a very short set and Ian had to be helped off the stage at the finish of "She's Lost Control." "It is Ian Curtis who symbolises Joy Division, even though one can hardly believe that he triesto.. . . The 'gothic dance music' he orchestrates is well-understood by those who recognise their New Wave frontiersmen.... A theatrical sense of timing, controlled improvisation (allowing for apparently arbitrary intro-length), intelligent decibel-variation and good ol' fashioned distortion (unintended or otherwise) are the sum total of Joy Division's secret.... The Buzzcocks had to be pretty hot to follow that, and a lot of people thought they were" (Des Moines, NME). *City Hall, Newcastle (Thursday, 4 Oct 79). The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland (Friday, 5 Oct 79): The hotel bar at Glasgow was emptied during the night, and all eyes (including those of the police) turned to the merry pranksters of the Buzzcocks tour. No guilt was admitted nor charges levelled, and the hotel was reimbursed for the missing alcohol. Odeon, Edinburgh, Scotland (Saturday, 6 Oct 79). Capitol, Aberdeen, Scotland (Sunday, 7 Oct 79). Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland (Monday, 8 Oct 79). A couple of periods occurred on the tour when no gigs were planned, and to fill in these gaps Rob Gretton arranged concerts away from Buzzcocks. One of these concerts was planned to be Joy Division playing atthe Reichstag in Berlin. Though the idea had begun as a joke, the band started having serious thoughts about it and ended up planning it as the live side of their second album. For some reason, however, the gig never quite came together. Plan K, Brussels, Belgium (Tuesday, 16 Oct 79) (Figs. 34-35): Joy Division played at the opening of Brussels' new art centre, a recently converted sugar refinery in, coincidentally, rue de Manchester (just off rue de Birmingham). Accompanied by Cabaret Voltaire, Joy Division did not headline the debut of Plan K - that honour being reserved for American author William Burroughs. Burroughs, to give him the benefit of the doubt, does not seem to have been enjoying himself much for, when Ian who was a great fan of his went up to talk with him, the author told him graphically to get lost. Ian got lost immediately, not a little hurt by the rebuff. The gig was reviewed by the noted iconoclast and publisher of the fanzine NMX, Martin X. Ruffian, who began the evening in typical fashion by giving Ian the latest number of his paper-forgetting "this was the issue in which I called [him] a 'right prat' or words to that effect, but he took it quite well considering". Ruffian's review displays a raw naturalness often lacking in the more 'polished' music press: "I'm still not convinced that [Joy Division are] brilliant enough to justify all the good press they've had -1 can think of unknown groups I rate higher— but there's no denying they are very good. The music varies from punky fast and simple to doomy slow and weird, always emotional and compelling, though not half as depressing as has been made out. I was compelled but entertained as well.. . . Experience this for yourselves.
AUTO-SUGGESTION : THE HIM "It's a very rare sight to see four individuals working harmoniously together in search of one unique sound. Any band finding themselves in this position are very lucky indeed. They can achieve almost anything (musically, not commercially) that they wish. [Joy Division] are powerful and dangerous." -Mick Middles, Sounds. "He invented for the Glass Bead Game the principles of a new language, a language of symbols and formulas, in which mathematics and music played an equal part, so that it became possible to combine astronomical and musical formulas, to reduce mathematics and music to a common denominator, as it were." - Herman Hesse, The Glass Bead Game, 1943. "I did everything, everything I wanted to. I let them use you - for their own ends." - "Shadowplay". History. Art and Sculpture, created by Literature. All of this solidifies adaptability, and then listen to the Music. Second Voice: A technique that they used in the old films illustrated the manner in which a voice can be represented to carry an information effect: when the government wanted to present the armed forces in the Second World War with information quickly and effectively, information such as the right way to strip and reassemble a bren gun, the instruction film would be played to soldiers one or two frames per second slower than normal. The result was a greater assimilation of the image and the information-events, as sights and sounds are absorbed in an almost photographic way with this technique. Comparable to exposing an ancient photo-plate to an image through a lens, the image remains fixed. This technique was classified secret at the time. Few were aware that a rapid-exposure technique could produce the same effects as those of the slowed-down film. With this technique, every 14th frame contains the desired "input" that is to say, the message to be implanted by stealth. This image or message would actually be much too fast to see (unless forewarned), but would be registered and acted upon. The most famous example (now discontinued) that they cited at the Institute was that of the ice cream firm which successfully grafted the Pavlovian message "YOU WILL EAT ICE CREAM" on to the minds of a thousand casual film-goers, then called "movies". The process was perfected in children's cartoon programmes, where obvious animation attached an extra layer to the "input". To detect its operation, the viewer would have to slow down the film so that the individual frames became visible for inspection. A more subtle, even more effective ploy was then discovered. Hypnosis in its advanced states sometimes employs a technique upon those with lower susceptibility to suggestion. It relies on confusing the subject by issuing conflicting commands or instructions in rapid succession. In the crux, where the mind of the subject cannot comprehend, the hypnotist strikes with the real object of command or suggestion, and, due to the confusion, or possibly in instinctive desperation, the subject surrenders to the
suggestion(s) and is hypnotised. The technique was employed in the structures of a large number of the group's compositions. Devices such as multiple drum tracks (mainly on the later recordings), the cymbals, hi-hat and bass are all slightly out of time with each other. By separating these elements as far as possible in the stereo picture, the direct message, or "REAL" information was impressed. This was conveyed in the vocals. Voice disguises further technique. This episode came to our attention some time ago, but it seems that the flow of information was slight - the technique was known as "Backward Masking". The effects of the reversed messages that were played to subjects has been well-documented elsewhere, but in essence diagnosed messages were understood on a subliminal level. The masking effect utilises (in this case) the vocalist's allegorical and "open to interpretation" words in the foreground to mask other, more 'important', messages. These arrangements were based on the old magician's trick of making the audience look one way, whilst the magic is effected with the other hand. Mis-direction of attention is familiar in early hypnotic experiments, where the subject concentrated on a moving object - usually a pendulum of some sort - while receiving commands directly in the subconscious mind. The important thing, of course, was not to draw attention to the process - thus, the other information, the 'hidden' sounds or words, only appear 'behind' another sound or word. As was discovered, the subject, however impressionable, will not accept suggestions totally contrary to the normal moral code unless subjected to long periods of treatment. Therefore, in this case, the information behind the message is really little more than a gentle push towards the frame of mind so desired. The reasons for this are further revealed by a number of circumstances. The medium that the persons involved chose to use presented problems in terms of form and time-span: a record limited to a speed of 33V3 is also restricted to less than Vi hour per side; also, the cultural climate of the age dictated that recordings were rarely listened to on a mass scale, a) with complete attention, and b) in anywhere near the right frame of mind. The material had to be sufficiently magnetic to maintain listener interest over the course of as many exposures as possible for message to infect. The best way to do this, they re-discovered, was through trance. Such a mood had been used in ancient religious ceremonies for thousands of years before that time. The most successful examples were the moderate or slowpaced compositions which affected most deeply. Even when attempting to use a faster speed, a slow, trance-inducing passage would be added. The distractionary device mentioned earlier also contributed to the induction of the listener. Another distraction was added - especially in audience surroundings - which was to deliberately de-tune the pure-set on the most correct instrument, often the synthesiser machine. On the recordings, the discrepancy is not quite as apparent, but most noticeable at the points where the melody played on it is at its peak. At such a time,
the bass tends to "boom" at its loudest, forming a vertical complement to the horizontal stereo distractionary technique described above. This technique is also of ancient origin, eminating from 'african' and 'tibetan' religious musics. In this light, it should be noted that hypnosis techniques can be, and often were, used for noble ends. Another device was brought into play in the more unpredictable setting of the performance. The vocalist adopted a sporadic, seemingly random series of movements which, it transpires from our efforts to trace, formed a dance used in an earlier 'Japanese' technique of hypnotism. Whatever its effectiveness on a 'Japanese' form of artistry, its appearance was startling and original, capable of capturing the undivided attention of the audience for long periods of time. "Ian Curtis on voice, reacting to the music as if on a hotplate, discovers the scope within tonal limitations - used his vocals for force... Lyrically, philosophically, their ideas and intentions are lost, the peril of fast communicative music performed with poor equipment in dire venues. This could be an advantage - they may be advocating a police state and restrictions of freedom for all the listener can discern." -PaulMorley, NME, 9Sep 78, When I first discovered the Institute's research report just transcribed, the contents did not surprise me. It was not a question of shock or outrage at the fact that the film had taken my mind to arenas where consent fades to inhalation, for I understood that the process had been employed on many other occasions before, and that (at least) this screenplay made little attempt at camouflage. Whatever I thought that might have been at the time. As the report suggested in its own way, all information must be feared for its accumulative effect. Although I am still companion to doubt, the compilers of the report concluded that at least these extremities might have forced effective reaction (as they did in my case, but after the event). In such a way a collective selfinterrogation system might have been effective in countering the balance against the present inaccessible forces. "One of the most common 'hallucinations' of subjects during sense withdrawal is the feeling of another body sprawling though the subject's body at an angle... yes, quite an angle it is the 'Other Half worked quite some years ago on a symbiotic basis." William Burroughs, The Ticket that Exploded, 1962. "I've got a friend in here somewhere, Who can help me out. Believe in meAll I said to you. Believe in me All I did for you." - "Death Rattle".
*Second Peel Session (Recorded 26 Nov 79; 1 st b'cast 10 Dec 79); 1. Sound of Music 3. Colony 2. 24 Hours 4. Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division's second Peel Session, produced by the BBC's Tony Wilson, followed later in November, with two songs written just before the Buzzcocks tour: "24 Hours" and "Love Will Tear Us Apart"; "Colony" and "Sound of Music" dating to the summer of that year. The release of "Transmission" on the heels of the highly-successful Unknown Pleasures renewed interest in Joy Division by the major record companies. Possibly encouraged by the belief that the group had no contractual commitment to Factory, Bob Krasnow, vicepresident of talent for America's Warner Brothers Records (parent of Britain's WEA), met with Martin Hannett and Peter Saville in late November or early December. In the posh surroundings of London's Claridge's Hotel, Krasnow outlined his proposal: Joy Division's signatures on an American distribution contract and their participation in a series of videos (Krasnow had done a number with Devo) in return for a sum remembered by Hannett as $1,000,000. Hannett had to tell the record executive that there was no way that Rob Gretton would agree to the idea, which did not fit in with the band's plans. If Krasnow really wanted to help Joy Division - with no strings attached - he could provide the band with some manufacturing capacity from Warners and the group would do the rest. No more was heard from Warners, however, until the beginning of May 1980 when Martin Hannett reports being contacted by Dan Loggins, WEA's international A&R chief and brother of Kenny Loggins. Loggins repeated the previous $1,000,000 offer but with terms much more favourable to the band. Hannett set up a meeting for two weeks later in New York, when Gretton and Loggins could discuss the contract, but Joy Division never arrived. Eric's, Liverpool (Saturday, 8 Dec 79): Supported by Section 25, Joy Division played another two-show Saturday at Eric's. Then, after a short break during which Joy Division wrote still more new songs, came the beginning of European touring, which would take up the end of 1979 and early 1980. NME's retrospective of 1979 (22 Dec 79) gave the band the highest possible assessment: "Joy Division emerged after three years' dreamy plotting not only as Manchester's finest but as a stunningly inventive rock unit. Wilfully independent, their debut LP . . . was one of the most fully realised and stormy debuts in rock history." *Les Bains-Douches Club, Paris (Tuesday, 18 Dec 79): Partially broadcast live on French radio. On New Years Eve 1979, Joy Division played an invitational party held by Factory Records in a warehouse space above a shop in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens. About 100 attended, and the band ushered 1980 in with an half-hour set beginning just after midnight. *Paradiso, Amsterdam (Friday, 11 Jan 80): The Paradiso concert was interesting for Joy Division fans because the band played two completely different sets for the price of one. The support band, a local Dutch group, did not want to play so Joy Division stood in for them. They did a total of seventeen songs (including two encores) and played for well over an hour. The Trojan Horse, The Hague, Holland (Saturday, 12 Jan 80). Doomroosje, Nijmegen, Holland (Sunday, 13 Jan 80). King Kong, Antwerp, Belgium (Monday, 14 Jan 80): The group usually
Fig.39: The Rainbow Theatre, London, 9 November 1979
personal, if not professional, standpoint. Though Adam Sweeting, reviewing the night for NME, rated Joy Division as "OK; and compared to what was to follow they were inspired", the group were really off their mettle. Joy Division went on first and Ian himself took note of their poor playing after "Love Will Tear Us Apart" when he said to the audience, "You can tell we've not rehearsed for a while". Despite some concerns to the contrary, Joy Division's set improved considerably and left the audience in such an exhausted trance that almost everyone stayed for the other bands. Paul Slattery, the photographer who accompanied Dave McCullough to Manchester for the ill-fated 28 Jul 79 interview, spent about an hour after the set talking with Ian about the band having another get-together with McCullough. Slattery wanted a second chance to do a Joy Division photo-session and this was the only way he could figure to do it. Ian was agreeable to the idea, though what Peter's or Rob's reaction would have been is not too hard to guess. In the end, however, McCullough said he had other plans forthe evening and Slattery could not interest him in doing another interview with the band. *The Moonlight Club, London (Thursday, 3 Apr 80) (Fig. 46): On the second night, the band appeared third on a much better received bill consisting of Kevin Hewick, Blurt, and A Certain Ratio. In his review in NME, Mark Ellen freefy admitted his prejudices about Joy Division: "I don't get along with them too well. Enormously powerful and skilfully projective as they may be - but compared with the rest of the bill -their horizons seem uncomfortably contained and they just sound dull and unchallenging. The tensions between instruments are too measured, the vocals a howl of morbid introspection, the whole set a tense, gloomy, subterranean racket. Enough." Martin Townsend's review, on the other hand, was much more positive: "The stars surfaced next, school leavers Joy Division. Much of their immediacy and, I suspect, popularity stems from their ability to write a good tune. They may be against rock and roll, but they still use the enemy.. . . Their lead singer... got my sympathy for an audience that would have cheered if he'd blown his nose while the rest played milk bottles. This is the difficult period for Joy Division; they can ignore or encourage their popularity, and disappear both ways." The Rainbow, London (Friday, 4 Apr 80) (Fig. 47): One of the reasons the NME gig guide may not have listed Joy Division for the third "Factory by Moonlight" night was that, through a peculiar set of circumstances, the group was playing another concert that same night. Final Solution was putting together the support groups for a Stranglers gig and that group's management wanted something different as support. Hugh Cornwell, their lead vocalist, was in Pentonville Prison for drug possession so Joy Division, probably receiving much more money than any group has for supporting the Stranglers, was brought in, along with another Factory group, Section 25. The band had played two sets in one day before, and no one believed there would be any problem this time. But there were strobe lights that night and the stage was extremely bright and hot. Ian repeatedly had to ask that they take the front spot off him. The strain began to have its effect and, during the final song at The Rainbow, Ian had an epileptic seizure and fell violently back into the drum kit. The audience, not understanding the situation, thought it a great finale for the show. Twinny and Dave Pils carried Ian off stage, still in convulsions, and up the stairs where he appeared to recover rapidly. The Moonlight Club, London (Friday, 4 Apr 80) (Fig. 48): Leaving their
DE-FACE 1. Ringo has always said the group would never get back together again. They would just remain friends. 2. Ringo had toothache. Ahab lost his leg in the fight with the white whale. Molloy gradually became paralysed from the foot up. Physical misfortune only corrupts what is corruptible. 3. The condition of man, says Martin Heidegger, is to be there. To not be there suggests that one is in no condition to sing for one's supper. 4. We have curious ideas of ourselves. Think of the muddle we get into when we consider the weather. 5. Right and wrong is an instinct: and, again, indistinctive. 6. We get ideas in our head of what we mean by life. For Ringo, life was eating beans and seeking cash, and he had a point. And he farted ferociously. For politicians and rock critics life is there to be sliced and wrapped; it's as pointless as firing bombs into people who are neither your enemies nor your friends but there it all goes. For some, life is here one moment, gone the next, but the word of The Lord shall last forever. Some don't mind being drugged in their life, and dragged nowhere in particular. There are those who believe that life ends at the finger-tips. D. H. Lawrence decided that nothing was important but life. 7. No things come to nothing. 8. And then there are a lot of stupid people about who are 'dead' but not dead, the dead man in life. 9. The Noise, supremely, can help you not be the dead man in life. It shakes the ribbon from your hair. Refreshes you with a bracing awareness of your own finitude. 10. The grounds of incompletion lies at the heart of The Noise's undertaking. 11. Ringo, a meaningless mule, rolled over and died. He will be remembered for a wide passiveness and a long tail. The cause of death appeared to be a portion of gingerbread stuffed with darkness. 12. The demiurge is an hermaphrodite.
DEATH RATTLE : THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION "A day shall come when you shall see your high things no more, and your low things all too near, and you will fear your exaltation as if it were a phantom. In that day you will cry: All is false." Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus SpakeZarathustra, 1885. "I never realised the lengths I'd have to go. All the darkest corners of a sense I didn't know. Just for one moment, I heard somebody call: Look beyond the day in hand, There's nothing there at all." - "24 Hours". The film starts to become real. Magic Theatre. It is true, I was left intoxicated by initial exposure, but even though I had received the information concerning the implantation techniques that the Insitute had forwarded, a stifling cloud of suspicion continued to weigh heavily upon the event. If nothing else, many scenes had been of great beauty, and it was difficult to balance popular elements with the more elliptical passages. A quicksand of emotions. "Real life is becoming indistinguishable from the movies. The sound film, far surpassing the theatre of illusion, leaves no room for imagination or reflection on the part of the audience, who are unable to respond within the structure of the film, yet deviate from its precise detail without losing the thread of the story; hence the film forces its victims to equate it directly with reality The might of industrial society is lodged in men's minds." - Theodore Adorno and Max Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment, 1944. The first reaction was to reject this catalogue-subversion, to abduct my sight. It was all possible - these times had witnessed much confusion: Broadsheet- Left wing agitators and propaganda leaflets. "The outsiders were merely the government representatives". Hear the news of the Defence Committee, who say there has been no repeat elsewhere, and let there be no misunderstanding about the racism involved. What we need is real action on these vital issues. "We control the streets of London for all citizens'Vamputate the finger of accusation. Crowd Scene: "it was only God that saved us". Official Voice: "a lot has already been done. We must wait for the inquiry. Everyone MUST support them. It is easy to be a prophet of doom." Tension was still high on Monday, and traffic to the area was being diverted. But as my senses began to thaw from the immediate effects of the film, the hesitation began to suggest a balance. Perhaps it was conceivable that the screenplay intensity had provided a degree of counter-control against ManLeader extremity, that it was futile to search for any intermediary stage. In this respect, it had been the part of the report describing the design of the confusion/hypnosis technique that intrigued me most. If an individual mind had been undergoing steady infiltration from the earlier versions of the
film, it was possible that an added dimension to the process might initiate the inevitability of chaos. Broadcast the scream. Parody the paradox. At last an attempt to confront the mediocrity. This was all very well in theory. The real difficulties began, as I said, when reality was quiet. Turning my attention to the more stagnant world around me, the kaleidoscope of scenes that had just confronted me started to assume a mythical distance between the presence and the occurrance. Many of the reactions around me had independently agreed that the group had played a vital role in the film, and that the power and movement was undeniable. And yet, what was the point of vaccine if these people had not been advised as to the intrinsic strains of the disease? Too often, it appeared, the audience fell subjugate to the spell of the special effects - a consequence of the concealment of the technical specifications, some said. Who was the real guiding force? said others. "That's just the way it goes," whispered a girl as I walked down the street away from the screen. "This is the space age," added her neighbour, but all I could see was thin strips of ice around me, crystal mosaics that snapped fine cut when the warm air human breath conflicted with the atmospheric anaesthesia. Where was the distinction - could the graphic response that the group extracted from their particular subjects transcend the myths that had already been constructed by operators of the earlier experiments in trance induction? At once there seemed to be an appreciable level of risk, danger! - person! responsibility on the part of the group. The machines were only the cryp tomythical curtain between themselves and the audience! But how could the film be brought to a close without all sense of reason and value dissolving like spirit-blended imperial gunpowder? SacrificeX. This brings the narrative to the heart of the film, for the group's inverted split-level experiment was dogged throughout the showings of the early film by sinister references and implications evocative of the time of ManLeader prototype. This ManLeader had demonstrated far more effectively than any other at 20:4&5 time that after years spent constructing the film our ManWerk species was hopelessly vulnerable to psychic attack. The colour black. Motorise noise. Turn fear to encouragement. Live by day while mass awaits in selforchestrated penitentiary by night. This ManLeader was able to characterise both the myth and the final realities within the confines of himself and the film, simply because he had been the first to reverse the original, the age of the wheel. How could anything ever be taken at face-value again after the poisonous remedies sold wholesale price? Could ManWerk ever be allowed exercise one in any respect again, after it had been shown that the mind could actually be seduced to believe that past episodes were the glory days? Make words and everyday language total chimera, turn dreams into meaningless sub-objectivity, and nightmares into morning skies. And even nullify ancient expressions such as "anti-christ" by having the demoninsurgence to ape and tormur spiritual free-will without a decent
burial. Backward kamikaze. REdivine mysterious orifice of death. So that time might be saved in awkward and ill-advised requests to the Institute for more personal categories of information,* it may be worthy to illustrate strange precedent that has been recalled from the early films the group made, these having the aforementioned historical suggestion factor.** One item concerned an individual characteristic of ManLeader, about which little acknowledgement is made today, known only as RH. * for all this section of the narration has been pieced together from fragments of research collected independently around the same time as the Institution's report came to light. ** unclear whether the use of these historical items in the early film was a precondition of the group's introduction to implantation techniques. RH was involuntarily separated from ManLeader at a critical
"With death so near, mother must have felt like someone on the brink of freedom, ready to start life again And I too felt ready to start life again. It was as if this great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky... I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe." Albert Camus, The Outsider, 1946. "Someday we will die in your dreams. How I wish we were here with you now." - "In A Lonely Place". "What I wanted was to die among strangers, untroubled, beneath a cloudless sky What I wanted was some natural spontaneous suicide. I wanted a death like that of a fox, not yet well versed in cunning, that walks carelessly along a mountain path and is shot by a hunter because of its own stupidity." - YukioMishima, Confessions of a Mask, 1949.
stage of Dl whilst ManLeader's main component tested limitefficiency in psychic attack. Before accuracy had been developed, doubts were chanced. Probable fusion would have been made with my region had the ideals been agreed upon at the time. However, the two guiding forces were at different poles. The RH projection curiously arrived in my region soon after, supposedly to finalise the ideal-agreement. And yet RH had grown to be a random and possibly independently-controlled characteristic of ManLeader. ManWerk of the time might have said, "Did he fly or was he pushed?" But despite what the films in 20:4&5 suggested, there was evidently a great amount of confusion surrounding the flight. My region still employed primitive methods of internment then, and RH was not granted any immediate opportunity to justify his dislocation before walled by the authorities. After 20:4&5 years, no concession was made towards appraisal of RH motive. "Let complicity rot while the inquisitor of time allows characteristics of film to be shifted." If RH's ManLeader was able to bring death to life, let the films that the regions are preparing without the group's involvement not bring life to death - it seems the burden might burst. For the great paradox that has survived the years of Broken Icon is that to guarantee FUTURE, ManLeader must struggle as We. Transfer attention back to the contents of the film I am document! Was RH the bridge between psychic ManLeader extremity and inevitable D-Solution; the vacuum inherited from defeating the psychic attack, only then to live with it forever; or had their early film been showing how the YoungMen were now vulnerable to the final extreme, even though it is still kept to factor-possible? The psychic attack they used to glorify at the TV 'movie' films just before the group had been given the time to submit the counter-technique might have become real, since YoungMen started to assume ManLeader prototype extremities. The suddenly-illuminated truth was that unless the film itself contained two levels within the same frame, the psychotic would be unleashed to factor-end even more swiftly, and at the very hands of the group's risk-prevention. A vital component of any living stereo image death.
In March 1981, "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was voted the No. 1 single for 1980 by the music staff of Rolling Stone magazine in the United States. On 10 Mar, New Order went into Strawberry Studios for three days of sessions, which culminated in mix-downs of "Procession" and "Everything's Gone Green" taking place on Thursday, 12 Mar 81. *The Boys Club, Bedford (Saturday, 21 Mar 81): I.C.1 opened, followed by Section 25. \Jenkinson's Bar, Brighton (Sunday, 22 Mar 81): An unknown reviewer, attempting to come to grips with this concert supported by Section 25, thought he saw the shape of things to come: "I've just witnessed what I think is an eerie look at the future.... No one danced, no feet tapped, no one shouted or screamed. The audience, reflected dimly in ice blue spotlights, stood immobile in frozen, rapt attention. The group are called New Order. Their music and the effect it has on their audience seem like something out of a George Orwell novel... Their sound is electronic, ethereal, and doomy. The sort of music the lost young generation of the 'eighties really wants. Just watch - and listen." 'Trinity Hall, Bristol (Friday, 27 Mar 81): This concert, supported by Tunnelvision and unofficially released on an LP entitled The Dream, proved that Bernard was quite capable of putting a heckler in his place. When someone in the audience shouted out "dross", Bernard said, "You've got blonde hair!", a comment the heckler was unlikely to see the significance of. 'Rock City, Nottingham (Wednesday, 8 Apr 81): During this gig at Rock City, supported by Minny Pops, Bernard forgot the lyrics of "In A Lonely Place". He was singing along in the usual way, then he got to one passage and all that came from his mouth was a rather daft noise for the rest of the line. Finally, Peter came in and started singing to save him. 'Cedar Club, Birmingham (Friday, 10 Apr 81) (Fig. 70): Supported by Minny Pops. New Order now embarked on a three-date, mini-tour of Scotland: 'St. Andrew's University, Stirling (Friday, 17 Apr 81): Supported by Foreign Press. 'Victoria Hotel, Aberdeen (Saturday, 18 Apr 81): Supported by Foreign Press. 'Valentino's, Edinburgh (Sunday, 19 Apr 81): Supported by The Visitors. 'Atmosphere (Romeo & Juliet's), Sheffield (Wednesday, 22 Apr 81): New Order, supported by Tunnelvision, was reviewed by City Fun (Vol. 2, No. 15): "Half the audience appeared to be in a trance which isn't uncommon at New Order gigs. Did you see the shadow of a ghost at the back of the stage? The opening number was moody and moving, "I wish you could be here with us today". It was sad really, best to get it out of the way. On into the set, the music was a progression of what's been in the past. Lighter rather than darker. ... The vocals were too quiet when Bernard Albrecht sang, the lyrics got lost. Peter Hook sang on one song; his voice was like an Australian with a plum in the gob, unusual and unintentionally comical, could be great if he works at it. ... Supported by hordes of technicians and surrounded by hordes of myths, the occasion of New Order playing almost overshadows what they play. ... They got and played no encore. A fitting end to the evening."
Fig.92: The Blue Note, Derby, 3 March 1982
because you've been here as long as we have" - Bernard). "New Order dispel all the doubts raised by the other groups, provide almost everything that was lacking, create the missing elements, air and fire instead of just earth. With similar ingredients to many of the other groups, they blend the traditional and modern so that everything has a voice, and the whole has an irresistible movement. They're the only group in the whole day to really draw in an entire audience, in a triumphant affirmation of the real possibilities of music" (Penny Kiley, Melody Maker, 18 Sep 82). "Albrecht and Co. moved and played with flair and zest and even relish: watching New Order demonstrating these qualities was the one moment of gaping disbelief I might treasure from Futurama Four" (Amrik Rai, NME, 18 Sep 82). At the risk of seeming repetitive, a third excellent review came from a rather unexpected source. Although Sounds (18 Sep 82) could hardly be expected to suppress their sarcasm completely (they captioned the photo of Peter with "New Order: a traditional Deep Purple-style encoring band"), Karen Swayne concluded that the "Biggest shock of the day was that they did an encore, an insidious echo beat with startling effects from Gillian's keyboards, showing their supreme ability to use sound, not just create it." Maybe the Nazi hysteria is finally over for New Order. If the fact that the press failed to mention Bernard's provocative "Bundeswehr" (West German Army) shirt at Deeside is any indication, the sad spectre should be at rest. "First Ever Festival of Independent Rock 'N' Roll", Sporting, Athens, Greece (Sunday, 19 Sep 82): Supported by the Greek group Forward Music Quintet, New Order played Athens in a basketball "stadium". This was the third night of a sold-out festival staged by Petros Moustakas to promote independent rock groups, with The Birthday Party and The Fall playing Friday and Saturday nights. The band arrived in Athens on Friday, in time to see The Birthday Party's set and, after a couple of days sightseeing, returned to Britain the following Tuesday. After rehearsals in September, New Order began recording their second album on 22 Oct 82 at Britannia Row Studios, Islington, where they booked a three week session with the band producing. Fortunately, they also had an option on another week to 18 Nov and used it as well. A number of new songs were recorded (including "Murder" [to be released in the future as a Factory Benelux single], "Only the Lonely," and "Blue Monday") and one of the new songs was originally planned for release around Christmas. Another single is also scheduled (but not to be recorded until 1983) with production by Arthur Baker, a funk producer from New York who was responsible for the Rockers Revenge hit single "Walking on Sunshine". The band recorded until 14 Nov, when their gear had to be packed up, and mixed down atotal of five songs during the remainder of theirtime at Britannia Row. New Order, 1981 -1982 (12"; FEP 313 in Canada/FACTUS 8 in US; rel.Nov82): 1. Everything's Gone Green 1. Temptation (12" version) 2. Procession 2. Hurt (extended) 3. Mesh This 12", issued primarily for the Americas, features songs previously released on FAC 53, FBNL 8, and FAC 63. Its primary allures, in addition to having these songs on one vinyl, are the improved sound quality of "Procession" over its original 7" release, an extended version of "Hurt", and the Saville sleeve (Fig. 102). Saville aimed to combine the atmosphere of the "Temptation" and "Everything's Gone Green" sleeves with a semi-Constructivist poster/painting. Each of
the releases is represented in the painting's design elements: the turquoise of "Everything's Gone Green', pink for "Temptation" and "Hurt", the plain canvas section for "Mesh", and the series of smaller designs for "Procession". New Order departed England on 20 Nov 82 for a month-long 10date tour down under to Australia, and then on to New Zealand. Although the band preferred to keep the tour typically low-key, publicity heralded the arrival of one of Australia's number one bands. Articles in the Australian music press preceded their visit, and the Hacienda video of "Death Rattle" was broadcast twice - on 22 November and again on the "Rock Around the World" programme late on the night of the 26th. By an eerie coincidence, Herzog's Stroscek was also broadcast the week of New Order's arrival. Palais Theatre, Melbourne (Thursday, 25 Nov 82). Seaview Ballroom, Melbourne (Saturday, 27 Nov 82). Capitol Theatre, Sydney (Monday, 29 Nov 82). Mainstreet, Auckland, New Zealand (Friday, 3 Dec 82). Mainstreet, Auckland, New Zealand (Saturday, 4 Dec 82). Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (Monday, 6 Dec 82). Hillsborough Hotel, Christchurch, N.Z. (Wednesday, 8 Dec 82). Selinas Hotel, Sydney (Friday, 10 Dec 82). Manly Vale Hotel, Sydney (Saturday, 11 Dec 82). Old Melbourne Hotel, Perth (Tuesday, 14 Dec 82). New Order returned to England on 16 December, just in time to spend Christmas with their families. The tour "Down Under" had gone well and, although they hadn't been overly enthusiastic about touring immediately after spending a month in the studio, they all had excellent tans to show for their efforts. Hacienda Christmas Flexi (FAC 51B; rec. Nov-Dec 81; rel.24Dec82): 1. Rocking Carol 2. Freude schoener Gotterfunken (Song of Joy) These songs, given away as a flexi to those spending Christmas Eve 1982 at The Hacienda (4400 copies were produced), were recorded for Tony Wilson. Wilson used snatches of the songs on "Granada Reports" the previous Christmas Eve as the musical backing to a video showing, among other holiday sights, turkeys sacrificing their lives as a bequest to the nation. The end of 1982 brought the usual flurry of polls, and New Order/ Joy Division placed even higher than in previous years. John Peel, swearing that this would be the last of his Festive Fifty listeners' surveys, released the 1982 ballots and twelve of the band's songs were part of the fifty all-time favourites (up from seven in 1980, and ten in 1981). From New Order came "Ceremony" (6), "Temptation" (18), and "Everything's Gone Green" (30), while Joy Division provided "Atmosphere" (2), "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (3), "New Dawn Fades" (4), "Decades" (7), "Dead Souls" (12), "24 Hours" (23), "Transmission" (26), "Isolation" (38), "She's Lost Control" (41), and "The Eternal" (48). As a departure from his normal plan, Peel also held a ballot for the fifty best releases of 1982, the result being that "Temptation" was named No. 1 (with twice as many votes as Robert Wyatt's "Shipbuilding" which came in second) and "Hurt" No. 17. NME (25 Dec 82) polled its writers, who placed "Temptation" as the No. 18 single of the year. New Order had planned to travel to New York City for a couple of New Year's dates at Danceteria (and to record the single with Arthur Baker), but because of last-minute scheduling difficulties decided that completing the new album had a higher priority and came to London to
Fig.94: L'Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium, 15 April 1982
however, was delayed due to the production complexity of Peter Saville's computer floppy disc sleeve, which in the end was considered by the band to be a bit obvious (though to no one but themselves). The single made chart history for a number of reasons, not the least of which was its spectacular rise, fall and rebirth. It peaked at No. 12 on 18 April and then made a gradual decline to No. 82 at the end of August. But, though it received British airplay "less conspicuous . . . than any major hit in recent years" (Alan Jones, Record Mirror), "Blue Monday" was the summer song of thousands who flocked to Europe for their holidays and bought it on their return. By the end of September it was again at No. 12 and finally peaked at No. 9 on 15 October 1983 - with an unprecedented sale of almost a half million copies. 'The Ace, Brixton (Friday, 11 Mar 83): Supported by The Stockholm Monsters. 'Tolworth Recreation Centre, Kingston-Upon-Thames (Saturday, 12 March 83): Again supported by The Stockholm Monsters, New Order were in high spirits at Kingston Polytechnic's Rag Ball. There were a number of mischievious episodes that evening, one being the nownotorious "scooter jape". In the midst of the gig a student made the seemingly-irrelevant announcement from the stage that scooter SMG643Y should be moved because it was "causing an obstruction". When the owner (your "hapless" writer) dashed out to investigate, he found his scooter happy and content resting on the raised lift-gate of one of New Order's massive lorries. A serious problem, however, came in mid-concert when a very concerned Bernard had to ask the audience to move back when a number of people were hurt against the barrier. Luckily, there were no major injuries. After Bernard announced "You see, we've only come back out because the door's jammed and we can't get out" New Order launched into an encore of "Everything's Gone Green". Later that night a semi-drunken water fight in the dressing room resulted in some very wet participants and rather creative publicity for the band when Peter told an ever-changing, but vaguely-similar story to every journalist who would listen. 'The State, Liverpool (Wednesdy, 23 Mar 83): With James. 'The State, Liverpool (Thursday, 24 Mar 83): With James in support, New Order played this last-minute gig to accommodate fans who bought tickets for Wednesday but were excluded due to a last-minute fire safety decision. During the gig one spectator was horrified at first when Bernard grabbed his camera only to take a photo of the fan and return it to him. 'Coasters, Edinburgh, Scotland (Monday, 11 Apr 83): The start of a Scottish tour organised and supported by The Wake. 'Assembly Hall, Edinburgh (Tuesday, 12 Apr 83). 'St. Andrews Univ., Stirling, Scotland (Wednesday, 13 Apr 83). 'Tiffanys, Glasgow, Scotland (Thursday, 14 Apr 83). 'Orient Cinema, Ayr, Scotland (Friday, 15 Apr 83). 'Savoy, Cork, Ireland (22 Apr 83). Galway University, Ireland (Saturday, 23 Apr 83). * Rose Hill Hotel, Kilkenny, Ireland (Sunday 24 Apr 83). 'Francis Xavier Hall, Dublin, Ireland (Tuesday, 26 Apr 83).
'Town Hall, Bournemouth (Friday, 2 Dec 83): New Order left the 55,000-watt amp and massive audience at Brixton behind them and played to 1000 in this sleepy coastal town, a gig much more their preference. An Ideal for Living (book; written 22 Apr 82-12 Jan 84; pub. 12 Mar 84): An unauthorised excursion (Fig. 103).
IN A LONELY PLACE : THE ETERNAL "Precisely why I've been interested in the individual is anti fascist. And it's always accused of being fascist, and I always think that the mass is what is fascist- mass movements and mass systems of thought.... Individuality is about self-discipline and selfreliance and is therefore a far safer philosophy than anything else. Because an individual has no need or desire to go out and do damage to others." - Genesis P. Orridge, Research Magazine (No. 4-5), 1982. "The coming age was revealing itself in the first great human figures of a new type. Just as. . . the world has continually to renew itself, the old order perishing with its gods... so must man now, apparently, turn back in order to attain a higher stage." Hermann Rauschning, quoted in King, Satan and Swastika, 1976. "And though it hurts me To treat you this way, Betrayed by words I've never heard Too hard to say." - "Temptation". "Because men have huddled together in fear, destruction threatens them. Because free speech has been debauched to fell purpose, free men distrust it. Men, forces of disintegration, but possessed of glib tongues, have played bell-weather to the multitude. Priests of purpose, whose counsel was inspired by the Eternal, have been thrust aside. ... Better were it for the immortal man to follow his purpose to death and mortal oblivion, than to lose his force to the bell-weather." -Mary K, The Seven Purposes (1918), quoted in Stewart Edward White, The Unobstructed Universe: An Unparalleled Detailed Report of LifeAfter Death, 1940. I cannot recall whether there actually was an end to the film. I seem to remember that the lights went on suddenly, only to be followed by conflicting reports concerning the vocalist's suicide. I am sure now that there was a period of intermission; colours turned to shadows as members of the audience were violently transported to real life. "Which is which? What is what? The doubt of the (un)expected prevails" - Chris Burkham, Sounds, 9Feb 81. As you said - this period of intermission was the opportunity to
Fig. 96: Le Palace, Paris, 17 April 1982 (overleaf)
apply the machine layer to the suggestion conception. The immediate facility for this deviance from the corporate strategy in terms of rapid exposure was the manner in which the directors of the serialised films highlighted the necrophiliac legacy of the
fracture. The reason I find myself describing what can only have been a few episodes is because the machines in this, and it seems in unrelated films, might give us the opportunity to reconcile towards animated peace. Need for inbetweeners -where few ManWerk are necessary, and where We can learn to have times of Leaderless independ. The machines provide the group film with its additional dimension, and the vocalist's suicide afforded the audience the ability to visualise some kind of reality. Not pure, but then with less artificial colour. In a world of dinosaur-stereo picture, the significance of passover was so enriching that one serial-film narrator became amongst the few directly confronting the experience. The instinctive self-vulnerability promoted by the group took hold of this other film, and its viewers were instructed in the need for concentration when trying to reassemble the confusion. We learnt that this had not been one of the massproduced films, that its tragedy had not been lost... it was now the time to watch and pay attention, whether or not the drug was used. Movement vs. Monument. Not the compromise between loss and renaissance, but an overwhelming colour of grey. Stripped naked by the still of Death, can we emulate a child-like versatility of spirit? Take control of machine while foetus? We are children who can perfect a demystification of Death, but once the remains have held sanctuary for too long in our souls, the still encourages a darkness. And even if the marooned players in the group film have decided to trade with unofficial psychic forces, it is unreasonable to expect that the weight of audience concentration has not tempted them to detach - by trying to exorcise personal dislocation during individual screenings of the machine-treated film. Whatever the greater extent of actual death impression, it was inevitable that such quintessence of the unknown would challenge psychic capability factor. Before the vocalist's suicide, the music of the spheres in-version dark wave conveyed a headstrong intensity - it had now mastered the potentials of an ethereal approach. We have lived through more than death; we have the ability to dictate the standards of extremity. However, there was a need to invert freedom of speech in order to illustrate the control of ideas. The intermission was FACT, and, besides, the group has left a montage of edited detail, for which clarification facilities no longer exist. The chicken had to stop somewhere. Sources close to the group have inferred that the episode known as "Isolation" might have exemplified that corporate inversion was at too advanced a stage at the time. Distance. When I last saw the group machine film, a vague psychic upset occurred when the line "the drawback will tell you all you need to know" appeared on the final credits. I had not seen such a message before, and I am sure that many of the audience missed it in their post-mechanical dislocation. At this stage I was forced to consult an old testament I had religiously safeguarded from the days of Broken Icon. In any case, the EFT was non functional in such circumstances. "There are three factors in psychic attack, any or all of which may
be employed in a given instance. The first of these is telepathic suggestion. The second is the reinforcement of the suggestion by the invocation of certain invisible agencies. The third is the employment of some physical substance as apointdappui, point of contact, or magnetic link. The force employed may be used as a direct current, transmitted by the mental concentration of the operator, or it may be reserved in a kind of psychic storage battery, which may be either an artificial elemental or a talisman." -Dion Fortune, Psychic Self-Defense-A Study in Occult Pathology and Criminality. Would this diversion of concentration on the audience's part complete the cast? Dissolve the psychic force? Or would it perfect the confusion? An important factor in considering these questions is that the episodes of non-group film that accompanied the application of the machine layer were less frantic, yet more sinister. ManWerk confusion had been appeased by a token outer-region attack, this having the effect of drawing attention to the capabilities of ManLeader concept. This switch in social environment factor had already been intercepted by group machine film. Sub-machine control had understood that a perversion of the RH projection was possible with the use of a different corporate title. The intermission was thus followed by the introduction of another historicalsuggestion technique. During the 20:4&5 years, ManLeader prototype had unleashed a form of psychic attack known to We as Selective Euthenasia Solution, a system that was also to pervade to eastern regions. (Before the years of Broken Icon, there was a slogan used by early machine exponents that declared "We are Japanese -we live in the West".) Consequently, the machine layer was able to extend the RH suggestion factor described earlier so that the range of counter control could even confuse the Institute. The montage of detail could now be extended - indeed, on the last machine film, the ordrewas clothed in one of the shirts favoured by ManLeader prototype. We reach a time where the obvious becomes the most obscure. But, as a member of the audience, it seems best to recommend any viewers of this narration not to allow these details to pass without notice, to find heart film. Not futile, but as in death, there is no ultimate conclusion. Nor am I able to fully endorse the potential success of the machine film in controlling ManLeader extremities. But then again, I was never asked to trust, and have little hope that there can be time. Machines do not possess such a capability. Do We? " 'Half your work is done. It remains to do the other half now.' 'What other half?' 'To raise up your dead, who perhaps have not died after all.'" -FyodorDostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880. "Just passing through, but the break must be made. Should we move on or stay safely away." - "From Safety to Where ... ?" "These men were the so called golden race, subjects of Cronus, who lived without cares or labour. . . never growing old, dancing,
An Ideal For Living (4-song EP; rec. Dec 77; 7", Enigma PSS139, rel. Jun 78; 12", Anon 1, rel. Oct 78). Earcom 2: Contradiction (2 songs; FAST 9B; rec. Apr 79; rel. 1979). Licht und Blindheit (2-song 7"; Sordide Sentimental SS 33003; rec. Oct-Nov79; rel. Mar 80). "Prime 5.8.6." (rec. Feb-Mar82; debut 21 May 82; rel., in part, Dec 82 on Touch 1).
III. UNOFFICIAL RELEASES The Warsaw Demo, Pennine Sound, Manchester (4 songs; rec. 18 Jul 11). Joy Division (11 -song unreleased LP; rec. 3-4 May 78). Piccadilly Radio (Manchester) Session (5 songs; rec. 4 Jun 79; b'cast date unknown). "Transmission" Session, Central Sound, Manchester (4 songs; rec. mid-Jul79). The New Order Demo, Western Works Studios, Sheffield (4 songs; rec. Jul 80).
IV. BROADCASTS "Granada Reports" (Granada TV; b'cast 20 Sep 78): 1. Shadowplay (live). First John Peel Session (4 songs; rec. 31 Jan 79; 1st b'cast 14 Feb 79). "What's On" (GranadaTV; b'cast 20 Jul 79): 1. She's Lost Control (live). "Something Else" (BBC-2 TV; b'cast 15 Sep 79): 1. Transmission 2. She's Lost Control. Second John Peel Session (4 songs; rec. 26 Nov 79; 1 st b'cast 10 Sep 79). Third John Peel Session (4 songs; rec. 26 Jan 81; 1 st b'cast 16 Feb 81). "Celebration" (Granada TV; rec. 23 Apr 81; b'cast 18 Jun 81): Played two sets (per union rules) 1. Truth 7. Death Rattle 4. Procession 2. Procession (2 takes) 5. Senses 3. Ceremony 1. Little Dead 6. Little Dead 4. Tiny Tim 2. Dreams Never End 7. Ceremony 5. Truth (3 takes) -. Digital 6. I.C.B. 3. The Him
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