Title: An Ideal For Living
Side One - Warsaw / No Love Lost
Side Two - Leaders Of Men / Failures
No Love Lost 14.3.79
I first saw Joy Division at a small nightclub in my home town in late 1978. It'd been organised by a guy called Bob Jefferson who ran a local record shop called Streets Ahead and the group played a fairly rough edged set from the dance floor, eye to eye with a minimal Monday night crowd.
I already knew them through the Live At The Electric Circus LP and the An Ideal For Living EP that had come out that summer, the latter with the ill advised Hitler Youth fold out sleeve. I wasn’t that impressed with either but quite liked one of the EP tracks called No Love Lost.
A week or so after seeing them at Check Inn I picked up A Factory Sample and fell in love with Digital. I guess that was the point I started to pay serious attention and the following spring Bob started putting on regular shows just down the road from me at my village youth club including two more appearances by Joy Division in March and May. The autographs are from the first one along with the live versions of No Love Lost and Disorder I've used.
Title: Unknown Pleasures
Outside - Disorder / Day Of The Lords / Candidate / Insight / New Dawn Fades
Inside - She's Lost Control / Shadowplay / Wilderness / Interzone / I Remember Nothing
Much had changed by the time of the first Bowdon Vale show and there was a tightness and drive I'd not noticed before. You can hear it on both live tracks I've included and this swirling version of Disorder goes a long way to dispelling the myth that the sound of Unknown Pleasures (which they began to record a few weeks later) was largely down to Martin Hannett's spaced out production.
Myself and my friend Pete followed the group around as much as we could throughout 1979 including the Stuff The Superstars all dayer at The Mayflower, the Leigh Rock Festival and the first Leeds Futurama as well as countless other shows in Manchester including support slots for both Fashion and Buzzcocks. Looking back it was definitely the most fanatical I ever got over any group but everybody knew something special was happening.
Side One - Atrocity Exhibition / Isolation / Passover / Colony / A Means To An End
Side Two - Heart And Soul / Twenty Four Hours / The Eternal / Decades
I actually prefer second album Closer with a soft 's' (as Wilson would constantly stress) but I only got to see them once in 1980 at the New Osborne Club with Section 25 and Kevin Hewick in support. Soon Curtis would be gone and the remaining members would become New Order.
Here are the young men, the weight on their shoulders