Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Joy Division

Yesterday I went to see the Joy Division documentary, cryptically entitled 'Joy Division'. Directed by Grant Gee the film uses a lot of archive footage to recount the story of the Manchester band.

It talks to all the main players still around including the late Tony Wilson and the ever entertaining Peter Saville. The film suffers a little from attempting to be a wee bit too arty, using a lot of cutting and chunks of text. On the whole though it's a good film that adds to the story of the band that's already out there.

One thing I really enjoyed in it was hearing John Peel's voice again. Funny, his was a voice that was always around, if not on the radio then on countless TV commercials and it was nice to hear him again in an archive recording of him introducing some Joy Division records on his programme.

It also never fails to amaze me when I hear Joy Division on film just how otherworldly their sound was. Some of the TV footage from 1979 shows just how much a band ahead of their time they really were.

Here they are in September 1979 on Something Else performing 'Transmission' and 'She's Lost Control'.

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