Ian Curtis Died Forty Years Ago Today

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  1. micpoc

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    Big article in The Independent on it today...

    Joy Division on the death of Ian Curtis: ‘Listening to Closer, you think, f***ing hell, how did I miss this?’

    Sunday 18 May 1980 wasn’t a day that rocked the globe. Not in the way that Monday 8 December would, the day John Lennon was murdered. The death of Ian Curtis of Joy Division, who hanged himself in his kitchen aged 23 on the eve of an American tour – the culmination of spiralling depression, worsening epilepsy and marital breakdown – passed almost unnoticed by the mainstream press.

    Its reverberations, however, would be felt through the music world for decades. Curtis’s visceral intensity, poetic candour and devastating tragedy infiltrated the underground scene and lay the bedrock for much of the more glowering, portentous and meaningful alternative music to come. On the 40th anniversary of his death, we spoke to his bandmates, disciples and descendants to prise open his influence and enigma and glimpse the man behind the myth.
     
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    So many genius humans suffer from depression. Sad.

    I'm one of them, although it's only occasionally.
     
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    i just listened to 'transmission' yesterday... great song...

    sad story for sure... 23... so young
     
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    I saw the Closer album a couple times at Full Moon Records when it first came out and the next time I went in I bought it for the cover alone.

    I had heard the name Joy Division but didn’t know a note of their music.

    One of the most important records I ever heard. Nothing sounded quite like it.

    Then a couple years later a buddy made me listen to Power Corruption and Lies by New Order because he knew I liked JD.

    I was not into that at all.

    Had I heard the first New Order record instead, I would have gotten it.

    Much more of a bridge between the two bands.
     
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    I might of said this once or twice here before, but I hold some songs very near and dear to me for personal reasons. One song is Love Will Tear Us Apart. It so overplayed too, I just keep quiet and leave it alone. That also means I trash on all the covers I ever heard of it—they just don’t matter. Except this one, it’s respectful of the man, and the song. RIP Ian.

     
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    I was browsing in store awhile back when something caught my ear. I asked who it was and they told me Joy Division. I'd heard the name before but wasn't familiar with them. I need to add some to the collection
     
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    40 years? Wow, where did the time go...
     
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    So? It's not like Elvis.
    We haven't even heard of this guy in Oz.
     
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    My roommate at the time was big into JD and NO , but in that time frame they didn't really flip my switches. I learned to appreciate them later in life.
     
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    That’s alright. According to my buddy in Melbourne , most of the musicians he runs across have never heard of Radio Birdman either - and they’re from Oz !
     
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    A great loss and a very important band generally. The amount of bands that have been influenced by the sound since is incredible. What I found most interesting from the JD movie ‘Control’ was the way Stephen Morris the drummer practised his drumming to emulate the precision of electronic Krautrock sound. He’s like a machine.......

    One of my favourite tunes, She’s Lost Control..
     
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    It sure is sad how he ended his life. He had so much promise but he sure did have an effect on others. Depression is an awful thing to have. I know from experience. It grips you like a python snake and squeezes the life out of you slowly. I've came close to ending my life before but I feel now I've overcame my demons. For anyone else out there who suffers from depression there is help out there. BTW...my last name is also Curtis (no relations to Ian).
     
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    Why, why did you vomit on this memorial thread?
     
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    Here a cover i did some time ago.
    Played with a Squier Tele.

     
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    That sounded great! You really captured the sound! Enjoyed it thanks for posting. Oh and BTW I’m in Oz!
     
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    Some of us in oz know of 'im
    Extremely influential
     
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    I saw this clip when I was a teenager and it totally transfixed me. At the time I was listening to Unknown Pleasures a lot, but I had no idea Ian Curtis suffered from epilepsy. After he died and I found out, I said, "it all makes sense now."

    Absolutely one of the top front men in rock history. To me he's right up there behind Jim Morrison and Freddy Mercury.
     
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    That is an unbelievable cover. Gives me shivers listening to it.
     
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