Blackpool Imperial Hotel 27.7.79
"It's dark on the
stage, a solitary spotlight shines over a microphone stand.
Three guys in dark clothes enter and the audience whistles.
Without a word they begin to play.
The music develops from being low-voiced to become almost deafening. It's restrained and very precise, the drummer works like a human drum machine and he is so confident, it almost gives you a sense of unreality.
And then the singer enters the
stage. Slowly he walks up to the mike, apparently unaware
of the audience, and gets carried away by the music.
His song is filled with power without
being high-pitched, it's rather calm, but you can sense
the lull before the storm, that his outburst will come
But it never comes.
A week later, the LP Unknown
Pleasures by Joy Division, which was the name of the
group, is released, and it portrays many of those dark
feelings I felt when I saw them play.
For me personally this record has
meant a lot. It's not a record you play at anytime, but
just at certain occasions. When I'm depressed or low-spirited,
it is Unknown Pleasures I put on.
The 29th of February this year, I met Joy Division before their gig at the Lyceum in London. They were all very quiet and they didn't want to do a proper interview.
Ian Curtis : "There's no point in interviews. I want to be free to have one opinion today and change opinion tomorrow. Besides that, we are completely uninteresting as individuals".
Lars: "So, was that why your names weren't printed on the LP" ?
Ian: "Yes it was. The music is the most important. It's by the music we work and it's by that I get my thoughts and ideas out".
Lars: "Why didn't you print the lyrics on the inner sleeve, I mean they seem to be very important for you" ?
Ian: "The lyrics has one meaning for me, but doesn't necessarily have the same meaning for somebody else. If you only hear the lyrics, it's more up to your own imagination".
Funtime #13 1980
Translated by Björn (thanks Björn).