Friday, 22 September 2017

Wire ‎– "Document And Eyewitness" (Rough Trade ‎– ROUGH 29) 1981

 

At the end of 1979 Wire embarked on a live tour that only had new unrecorded material on offer with the idea to make a live album of new stuff. This culminated in the gig at the Electric Ballroom in Camden which was recorded for this purpose. They did in fact do an oldie for an encore, and an Ironic run through of proto-hardcore classic "12XU", which doesn't ruin the concept too much. The live recording is enhanced by the sound-man obviously leaning on the fader causing a bit of overload on some vocals. For this reason, i think this is why they added another disc of previous concert recording, notably the superior recording of the 'Notre Dame Hall' concert.
This is the Wire album I play most, due to its electricity and raw qualities. "154" is a bit weak and insipid sounding in comparison. A bit like comparing Live Joy Division to 'Unknown Pleasures. Like two different groups.
One of the best aspects of this concert, is that they 'accidently' recorded the support group for the evening, Deutch Amerikanishce Freundschaft, which is to be posted next, because its brilliant.

(ps, the four missing tracks from the Electric Ballroom set, including all of "12XU" can be found on "Turns and Strokes" here!)

Tracklist:

Electric Ballroom

A1 5/10
A2 12XU (Fragment)
A3 Underwater Experiences
A4 Everythings Going To Be Nice
A5 Piano Tuner (Keep Strumming Those Guitars)
A6 We Meet Under Tables
B1 Zegk Hoqp
B2 Eastern Standard
B3 Instrumental (Thrown Bottle)
B4 Eels Sang Lino
B5 Revealing Trade Secrets
B6 And Then ...
B7 Coda
Notre Dame Hall
C1 Go Ahead
C2 Ally In Exile
C3 Relationship
C4 Underwater Experiences
D1 Witness To The Fact
D2 2 People In A Room
D3 Our Swimmer
Montreux
D4 Heartbeat


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wire ‎– "Turns And Strokes" (WMO records WMO4) 1996


This Odds and Sods compilation finally let us hear the band go through a slightly insipid version of "12XU" which was cruelly omitted from the Electric Ballroom sides of  'Document and Eyewitness' except for a fragment.Which along with , "Inventory", "Ritual View" ,"Part Of Our History" and 'Document and Eyewitness'itself, finally represent the complete performance at the Electric Ballroom on the 29th of February1980.
The never previously heard track "A Panamanian Craze?", was recorded in rehearsal in Stoke Newington in 1979, which is typically a Graham Lewis composition, and a tad self-indulgent,bless him.
The rest are repeats from the gigs at Notre dame Hall, and  The Janet Cochrane Theatre, that were posted previously.
Interesting, but strictly for completists only.

Tracklist:

1 Safe 1:38
2 Lorries 4:08
3 A Panamanian Craze? 16:15
4 Remove For Improvement 1:56
5 The Spare One 2:58
6 Over My Head 4:10
7 12XU 2:07
8 Inventory 3:03
9 Ritual View 2:36
10 Part Of Our History 6:02


Wire ‎– "19th July 1979 Notre Dame Hall, London" (Bootleg)


The complete Notre Dame concert partially included in "Document and Eyewitness".
Its the best Live 'Wire' in my opinion, recorded in excellent quality from the soundboard

Tracklist:

Go Ahead 4:10
Ally In Exile 4:14
Being Sucked In 3:07
Relationship 1:24
Midnight Bahnhof Café 4:28
Underwater Experiences 2:56
A Blessed State 3:25
Witness To The Fact 2:47
I Should Have Known Better 3:51
Safe 1:59
Lorries 4:23
Two People In A Room 1:55
A Question Of Degree 3:45
Our Swimmer 3:07
I Am The Fly 4:07
Heartbeat 3:08
Strange 3:28


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wire ‎– "10th Nov 1979 Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, London" (Illegal Legal Bootleg)


There's some rarely performed tunes in the setlist for this one. "Crazy about Love", which I had assumed was a partially improvised tune that they recorded for their final Peel Session, and "The Spare One",which is a rare one  indeed.There's a few numbers that would appear in improved form on Colin Newman's Solo work a couple of years later.
The recording is an audience recording, involving all the usual lo-fi large room ambiance that plagues such endeavors; but its very listenable in it's imperfections.

Tracklist:

Crazy About Love 11:08
Remove For Improvement 2:28
The Spare One 3:39
Two People In A Room 2:20
Lorries 4:21
Underwater Experiences 2:42
A Blessed State 3:15
Ally In Exile 4:04
Over My Head 4:53
Our Swimmer 3:25
On Returning 2:19

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Wire ‎– "Mittnacht Bahnhof Cafe Nostalgia (Tiffanys, Hull 3rd July 1979)" (Bootleg)



A back in the day audience recorded live bootleg from....well....back in the day?
Wire hit the thriving metropolis of Kingston-upon-Hull back in the summer of '79. Whether the sun actually shined, or ever shines in Hull is open to conjecture,but I've been there once and had a thoroughly marvelous time.The lady on the back cover looks rather familiar from that evening.
Apart from the frankly awful local accent, it seemed a lot less squalid to what I was led to believe.
Wire,however, deliver a thoroughly professional set,with no 'Pink Flag' material, focusing on the post-'154' era.
As Graham Lewis says early in the set, "All those who have problems with Nostalgia can go home NOW!"
The recording quality is, as you'd expect from an audience recording, lacking a bit of depth and has a strong 'large room' ambiance; but its very listenable indeed.It's Wire innit?
I especially like the "Dedicated to Franz Kafka, NOT dedicated to Darby Crash*" line on the rear; and the pay no more than £4.50, which is a king's ransom these days for music, especially for the quality of this groups music.

*(One of those poor little rich boy Californian punks,this one was in a fairly terrible group called 'the Germs' and died)

Tracklist:

A1 Go Ahead
A2 Ally In Exile
A3 Relationship
A4 Being Sucked In Again
A5 Safe
A6 Lorries
A7 Midnight Bahnhof Cafe
B1 Underwater Experiences
B2 Blessed State
B3 Two People In A Room
B4 I Should Have Known Better
B5 A Question Of Degree
B6 Our Swimmer
B7 I Am The Fly
B8 Too Late


Monday, 18 September 2017

Wire ‎– "12 Nov 1978, SO36, Berlin" (Illegal Legal Bootleg)


Wow! I never noticed before,looking at the cover photo's, that three of Wire are essentially the same person, plus Graham Lewis. Also what a miserable bunch of sods they were! Maybe they were trying to look like serious 'Artistes'? This would explain why they were popular in France, where the serious/miserable 'artiste' is king. I'm in fact registered as an 'Artiste' in France, and i'm definitely a miserable fucker too; but as i'm very English, i'm not at all serious.....and I assume this applies to our glum chums in Wire also?
This is strange, because Wire were/are very popular in the States for the opposite reasons; mainly because 'Pink Flag' rocked in a unique no nonsense style that motivated those Rock lovin' colonials to copy it and invent 'Hardcore Punk', which still resonates with the yoof to this very day!?...Wire, miserable sods that they aren't, quickly moved on from this innovation, to continue to innovate in a decidedly non rock direction. In fact they de-rocked themselves to such an extent eventually, that at least a couple of them became respected avant garde composers? Now that goes down very nicely in 'La France'!?
Here we have them, a year on from 'Pink Flag', playing a set of short,angular avant-pop tunes, sans "12XU", to an appreciative West Berlin crowd at one of the standard venues on the european Post-Punk circuit, the SO36 club.This is 'Punk'art, definitely NOT 'Punk Rock'!Leave that kind of stuff to the terminally repetitive UK Subs and their like.

Tracklist:
Practice Makes Perfect 1:56
Two People In A Room 1:56
I Feel Mysterious Today 1:51
Being Sucked In 2:49
Once Is Enough 2:46
A Blessed State 3:06
A Question Of Degree 2:45
Single KO 2:14
Mercy 5:24
40 Versions 3:16
Former Airline 0:51
A Touching Display 7:58
A French Film Blurred 3:01
Map Ref 3:35
Men 2nd 1:44
Heartbeat 3:40
Pink Flag 4:36


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Wire ‎– "25 Oct 1978 Bradford University" (Illegal Legal Bootleg)


No "12XU" in evidence for this Wire gig in 1978, the year zero of Post-Punk. In fact there's quite a lot of the third album "154" in this set, showing how fast our fav arty punks had traveled in less than a year. For them, the Punk template was only a viable concept for one album,single, or six month period; then move forward.The difficulty most of the new wave had with second albums backs this idea up completely. 
Always an exception, Wire's second album, "Chairs Missing", was a noble,but successful, attempt to distance themselves from their previous selves and contemporaries. They still retained the vital elements of Punk Rock with their lack of a showbiz persona, no technical arrogance,and the essential trait of following your own path creatively and in life.
No doubt there were some 'Punks' in the audience in leather jackets and Travis Bickle haircuts, calling for "12XU", but after this tour I doubt they'd be back again.

Tracklist:

Indirect Enquiries 2:49
Men 2nd 1:59
Lowdown 2:22
On Returning 1:51
Being Sucked In 3:05
I Feel Mysterious Today 1:52
The Other Window 2:27
A Mutual Friend 4:14
Former Airline 1:05
Mercy 5:31
Stepping Off Too Quick 1:33
Strange 4:00
Another The Letter 1:10
Sand In My Joints 2:21
French Film Blurred 2:40
I Should Have Known Better 4:35
Practice Makes Perfect 1:38
Reuters 3:11
106 Beats That 1:05


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Wire - "Peel Sessions 1978-79" (Strangefruit SFRCD108) 2009


If its possible, there was only one post-punk band who were probably even worse musicians than Joy Division, that was Wire.Who i'm sure if they could have been more proggy sounding they would have.Like Joy Division they also miraculously mutated, as if overnight, from a thrashy punk band into something incredibly unique and disconnected from their roots.(Check out their '76 Demos HERE).The first album, 'Pink Flag' was however very influential in the USA, and possibly could even be credited as the first 'Hardcore' album.But,unlike most punk groups who headed into a Hardcore blind alley,Wire swerved this dead end and headed for the horizon.
Luckily they were nowhere near good enough on their instruments to be at the proggy end of post-punk like Cardiacs, or Punishment of Luxury.Even though they were on Prog Rock label, Harvest. Instead, they tuned their progressive content towards the 'Ideas' end of the spectrum, and played well within their limitations.In the process, along with Joy Division,PiL and Siouxsie and the Banshees, they became the ultimate Post-Punk group.
Always looking to do the unexpected right angle turn within their angular tunes, Wire were one of the few groups to sound worse in their John Peel Sessions than they did on their official releases!?
Probably their best session was the third one, where they just improvised a 16 minute piece("Crazy About Love") instead of four rehearsed songs from their live set.
A great example to demonstrate why Ideas and Art are far more important than technical ability, or creative safety.

Tracks 1 to 4 recorded on 18/1/78 
Tracks 5 to 8 recorded on 20/9/78 
Track 9 recorded on 11/9/79 


Tracklist:

Practice Makes Perfect 3:38
I Am The Fly 3:49
Culture Vulture 1:57
106 Beats That 1:07
The Other Window 2:22
Mutual Friend 4:16
On Returning 2:08
Indirect Enquiries 4:19
Crazy About Love 15:26


Friday, 15 September 2017

I'm So Hollow - "Demos and Live Rarities (1978-80)" (a Die or DIY? Compilation)


Joy Division is a hard act to follow,
So i'll stay in their era with 'I'm So Hollow. 

The tenuous link connecting these two acts to segue from Joy Division to Sheffield's 'I'm So Hollow', is that they both played the Futurama Festival in Leeds; albeit 'I'm So Hollow did Futurama 2 and JD did the first one.
However, apart from the PiL and Joy Division recordings from Futurama 1, the only other I have is one track from I'm So Hollow's set at Futurama 2 in 1980.

Having already featured their lone album "Emotion/Sound/Motion" HERE!...and their Peel Session HERE!......naturally it's time to put all their errant rare Demo's and Live appearances together in one of Die or DIY?'s crypto-compilations.

Love this group, everything about them actually.Music aside(previously described by your scribe as 'Wobbly Sci-Fi Rock'), i admire the way they stopped as soon as they had achieved their ambitions,and never did anything ever again.In fact they split up before the album was released.If only a lot more bands did that? 

Tracklist:

01.Number One (Demo 6/10/1979)
02.I'm So Hollow (Demo 6/10/1979)
03.Fashion (Demo 6/10/1979)
04.I Don't Know (Demo 6/10/1979)
05.Touch (Demo 6/10/1979)
06.Which Way (Demo 6/10/1979)
07.I'm So Hollow#2 (Demo 6/10/1979)
08.Days (Live Weston Park Festival 05/08/1979)
09.Mistake (Live Weston Park Festival 05/08/1979)
10.Dreams to fill the Vacuum (Live Weston Park Festival 05/08/1979)
11.I Don't Know (Live Weston Park Festival 05/08/1979)
12.Monotony (Live Weston Park Festival 05/08/1979)
13.Mistake (Live at the Blitz 11/03/1980)
14.Unknown 1 (Live Now Society,Sheffield 02/10/1978)
15.Unknown 2 (Live Now Society,Sheffield 02/10/1978)
16.Monotony (Live Now Society,Sheffield 02/10/1978)
17.Touch (Leeds Futurama 2 Festival 13/09/1980)

DOWNLOAD to fill the vacuum HERE!

Joy Division - "High Hall,Birmingham University 02/05/1980" (Bootleg)


A notable performance,that brings us to the end of this seemingly endless series of Joy Division Bootlegs, for two reasons.
One, it was the only time Joy Division performed "Ceremony",and, two, this was the bands final performance.
For those of you who live on some exo-planet somewhere, Ian Curtis, vocalist and lyricist of Joy Division(?),committed suicide a little over two weeks after this concert,after enduring a turbulant personal life and suffering from worsening epilepsy.
This sad fact adds some poignancy to this performance(despite Bernard's constant bum-notes!), which sounds like a well recorded funeral march to these ears in retrospect.The lyrics read as some kind of preemptive obituary....."Ceremony", "A Means To An End" "Isolation" are all very ominous titles, but maybe the lyrics to "New Dawn Fades" seem to accurately describe his desperate situation and feelings:

New Dawn Fades:

"A change of speed, a change of style
A change of scene, with no regrets
A chance to watch, admire the distance
Still occupied, though you forget
Different colours, different shades
Over each mistakes were made
I took the blame
Directionless so plain to see
A loaded gun won't set you free
So you say

We'll share a drink and step outside
An angry voice and one who cried
We'll give you everything and more
The strain's too much, can't take much more
Oh, I've walked on water, run through fire
Can't seem to feel it anymore

It was me, waiting for me
Hoping for something more
Me, seeing me this time
Hoping for something else." 


He does seem to be going through the motions during this performance,as do the rest of the band.
He was actually helped offstage again during "Decades", but returned for a rousing version of "Digital",which as a fitting (no pun intended) monument for his last word sung in public,included the word,'Out!';which he undoubtedly wanted to be.Then his last words were ominously "Thank you, Goodnight".

As an Epitaph to the life of Joy Division, there are better concerts; but as an elegy to the troubled existence of Ian Curtis, this show exposes his vulnerability perfectly.....it's a pity nobody noticed or were willing to do anything about it.It was an era when men's mental health was frequently laughed off, with a 'Pull yourself together man' attitude. The only answer his management and 'mates' could come up with was an 'American Tour' that their singer never made.Then we got, the not very good, New Order?!

[To those who care, its a quality soundboard recording, with two very fuzzy soundcheck recordings to kick it off with.]

Tracklist:

01. Ceremony(Soundcheck)
02. Decades (Soundcheck)
03. Ceremony
04. Shadowplay
05. A Means To An End
06. Passover
07. New Dawn Fades
08. Twenty Four Hours
09. Transmission
10. Disorder
11. Isolation
12. Decades
13. Digital.


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Thursday, 14 September 2017

Joy Division - "Imperial Hotel, Blackpool 27/07/1979" ("All Angels Beware" Bootleg)


A bit out of sequence as I failed to realise I had this, as it was listed under the title of the "All Angels Beware" Bootleg.
This is from the "Year of the Child" benefit concert, as organised by Blackpool's own Section 25.
To the uninitiated, the line-up reads like a Nazi sympathisers rally; what with Joy Division, then a band called 'Final Solution', along with some group called 'Zyklon B'!?
Also playing were the Glass Torpedoes, OMD,and Section 25 headlining.
The Joy Division set was a high octane affair, and well recorded by several audience members.

Tracklist:

01. Dead Souls
02. Glass
03. Disorder
04. Auto-Suggestion
05. Transmission
06. She's Lost Control
07. Shadowplay
08. Atrocity Exhibition.


Joy Division - "Ajanta Theatre, Derby 19/04/1980" (Bootleg)


Massive as Joy Division were becoming, they still played Shit-Holes like this former,partially demolished, cinema in Derby.The old seats were still in place, except for a few that were torn off of their perches to allow dancing, if required.
Again, another cavernous sounding audience recording,and again we are treated to a joint band version of "Girls Don't Count" for the rarity value.
Due to cancellations, probably due to Ian's failing health, this would turn out to be the penultimate Joy Division performance, before.....well,you know what happened next!?

Tracklist:

01. Dead Souls
02. Wilderness
03. Digital
04. Insight
05. Passover
06. Heart And Soul
07. Isolation
08. These Days
09. Transmission
10. She's Lost Control
11. Colony
12. Girls Don't Count/jam with SECTION 25


Joy Division - " Winter Gardens, Malvern 05/04/1980" (Bootleg)


Incredibly, instead of taking at least one day off after Ian's epileptic fit at the Moonlight Club the previous evening , they played another gig the next night!?.....he really was doomed wasn't he?
Seems like a decent performance however,if the recording of it is a little cavernous.It does finish with everyone one from Joy Division and Section 25 doing a version of S25's "Girls Don't Count", to which an audience member remarks, "He-He-Hey! A bit of variety(pronounced 'vari-e-teh' in an East Midlands accent)".
Who said entertainment was dead?

Tracklist:

01. Disorder
02. Wilderness
03. Twenty Four Hours
04. Heart And Soul
05. Atmosphere
06. Love Will Tear Us Apart
07. Isolation
08. Interzone
09. She's Lost Control
10. Girls Don't Count/jam with SECTION 25.


Joy Division - "Moonlight Club,Hampstead, London 02/04/1980 ,03/04/1980 & 04/04/1980" (Bootleg)


Two good quality(the third night is a bit muffled) audience recordings from the infamous 4 gigs in three days stint at the beginning of April 1980. This included three consecutive nights at The Moonlight Club in West Hampstead, with a 'big gig' at The Rainbow sandwiched inbetween.
Utter madness considering Ian Curtis's failing health.
Predictably, on the night of the fourth, after playing an intense performance at the Rainbow, Ian was noticeably ill, and after twenty minutes into their second gig of the night at The Moonlight Club, Ian had another epileptic attack at the end of 'Interzone' to finish the evening.An understanding audience member shouted 'Fuck Off' as Curtis was carried offstage and Bernard announced that this was the end of the evening.
The tragic disregard of Curtis's condition was nothing more than criminal ignorance on behalf of his cohorts,and I expect nothing more from the demanding public.And it's no disconnected fact than he killed himself a month later almost to the day.

Tracklist - 02/04/1980:

01. The Sound Of Music
02. Wilderness
03. Colony
04. Love Will Tear Us Apart
05. A Means To An End
06. Transmission
07. Dead Souls
08. Sister Ray


Tracklist - 03/04/1980:

01. Love Will Tear Us Apart
02. Glass
03. Digital
04. Heart And Soul
05. Isolation
06. Disorder
07. Atrocity Exhibition
08. Atmosphere.


Tracklist - 04/04/1980:

01. Intro
02. Transmission
03. A Means To An End
04. Twenty Four Hours
05. Day Of The Lords
06. Insight
07. Interzone.


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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Joy Division - "Lyceum Theatre,London 29/02/1980" (Bootleg)


Probably Joy Division's most prestigious concert in their short lifetime, at the posh Lyceum Theatre.
What a great line-up too?
This is a very high quality audience recording, with a hint of ambiance, with a recording of the soundcheck included.
Again, the set is comprised of the newer material from the as yet unreleased 'Closer' album.

Tracklist:

01. Komakino (Take 1,Soundcheck)
02. Heart And Soul (Soundcheck)
03. Incubation (Soundcheck)
04. Komakino (Take 2, Soundcheck)

05. Isolation (Take 1, Soundcheck)
06. Isolation (instrumental, Soundcheck)
07. Isolation. (Take 3, Soundcheck)

08. Intro
09: Incubation
10: Wilderness
11: Twenty Four Hours
12: The Eternal
13: Heart And Soul
14: Love Will Tear Us Apart
15: Isolation
16: Komakino
17: She's Lost Control
18: These Days
19: Atrocity Exhibition.


Joy Division - "Warehouse, Preston 28/02/1980" (Bootleg)


Equipment failure plagued this concert,with Curtis actually asking for requests after a long break during 'Heart and Soul'; while they fiddled about with the amps.Naturally the accepted request was for "Shadowplay".
There's also an amusing moment when a young lady with a northern accent makes an announcement informing those poor buggers from Burnley that their coach is leaving in five minutes! As if living in Burnley wasn't bad enough as it is?
Probably one of the most interesting JD live bootlegs,if only for the solitary time that the voice of the late Rob Gretton appears on a JD Recording.("Wossgooinon?...'ookeh,'ookeh!...Wass'appnin'?)
I bet Toyah never had these problems??

Tracklist:

01: Incubation
02: Wilderness
03: Twenty Four Hours
04: The Eternal
05: Heart And Soul
06: Shadowplay
07: Transmission
08: Disorder
09: Warsaw
10: Colony
11: Interzone
12: She's Lost Control.

Joy Division - "Town Hall, High Wycombe 20/02/1980" (Bootleg)

Yet another excellent quality recording of late period Joy Division, including the soundcheck!?

Tracklist:

01. The Sound Of Music
02. A Means To An End
03. Colony
04. Twenty Four Hours
05. Isolation
06. Love Will Tear Us Apart
07. Disorder
08. Atrocity Exhibition.

Soundcheck:

09. Isolation
10. The Eternal
11. Ice Age
12. Disorder
13. The Sound Of Music
14. A Means To An End.

Joy Division - "University of London 08/02/1980" (Bootleg)


The line-up, to the uninformed, would have read like an invitation for a real happy party.What with the words Joy, Smirk, and Joke all involved in the Band monikers.The only hint at darkness was Section 25 (of the mental health act).
The Smirks were obviously a good time new wave band of also-rans, but the other three were not really party music.
Joy Division turned up with bucket loads of new technology. Synthesisers were now part of their newer,more textural downbeat sound of the new album,which they were in the capital to work on at Pink Floyd's studio, Britannia Row. Maybe JD had prog influences after-all?
The set list reflects this style modification, with virtually none of the 'Unknown Pleasures'era paint peelers involved.
The audience seemed to like it however;but then again, by this time they could have played 'The Birdie Song' and got rapturous applause.

Paul Morley wrote [NME, 16 Feb 1980]: "The full new introduction of synthesizers has not damaged the coherence and balance of the music in any way, it simply increases the amount of mood, atmosphere, ephemeral terror Joy Division are capable of."......yes he did say 'ephemeral terror'!


Tracklist:

01: Dead Souls
02: Glass
03: A Means To An End
04: Twenty Four Hours
05: Passover
06: Insight
07: Colony
08: These Days
09: Love Will Tear Us Apart
10: Isolation

11: Encore break
12: The Eternal
13: Digital.


DOWNLOAD this ephemeral terror HERE!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Joy Division - "Basement Club, Cologne 15/01/1980" (Bootleg)


Great!....a gig in Germany, which means I can talk about the war again!Yippee!
A rather muffled audience recording from the basement of a disused church in Cologne. Which must have excited Ian Curtis's Nazi obsession somewhat to be in Germany where ,apparently all that stuff kicked off big-time!
I'm afraid my father was probably collectively responsible for killing some of the audience members' family during the first thousand bomber air raid in 1942,as he was in one of those very bombers that created a fire storm I believe?The aiming point was Cologne Cathedral, which makes this gig's venue rather Ironic......but we're all friends now ain't we?.....until Brexshit anyway!
ps....I humbly apologise  for the British terror bombing during those years....undoubtedly a war crime by modern standards........my father is probably spinning in his urn right now.....sorry dad, you were just 'obeying orders' after all......hmmmmmm,now, where have I heard that before?

Tracklist:

01. Atmosphere
02. Love Will Tear Us Apart
03. These Days
04. Insight
05. Twenty Four Hours
06. A Means To An End
07. She's Lost Control
08. The Sound Of Music
09. Glass
10. Day Of The Lords
11. Shadowplay
12. Interzone
13. Disorder
14. Transmission
15. Atrocity Exhibition


Monday, 11 September 2017

Joy Division - "Effenaar, Eindhoven 18/01/1980" (Bootleg)


Another great soundboard recording from our chums on the continent.........yep, i'm running out of things to say.......a reverent silence is always appropriate when writing about Joy Division anyway,so i'm shutting up.....also, I can't wait to finish this series of bootlegs and get onto something else!...No, not Joy Division's infamous appearance on the BBC2 TV show called 'Something Else' during which Curtis's glazed expression led to a flood of complaints from parents that he was on 'drugs....he was, medication for his epilepsy',.....no  I really mean......SOMETHING ELSE !

Tracklist:

01: Love Will Tear Us Apart
02: Digital
03: New Dawn Fades
04: Colony
05: These Days
06: Ice Age
07: Dead Souls
08: Disorder
09: Day Of The Lords
10: Auto-Suggestion
11: Shadowplay
12: She's Lost Control
13: Transmission
14: Interzone
15: Atmosphere
16: Warsaw.


Joy Division - "Plan K ,Brussels 17/01/1980" (Bootleg)


Here's another good one from the European tour. Not quite up to the standard of the Amsterdam gig sound quaity-wise,but very acceptable all the same.

Tracklist:

01. Dead souls
02. Wilderness
03. Insight
04. Colony
05. Twenty four hours
06. A means to an end
07. Transmission
08. Atmosphere
09. Love will tear us apart
10. Digital
11. Warsaw
12. Shadowplay
13. Atrocity exhibition
14. Sister ray
15. The eternal.


Sunday, 10 September 2017

Joy Division - "Amsterdam, Paradiso 11/01/1980" (Bootleg)



Another excellent soundboard recording, thanks again to our continental cousins,this time in Holland.
If this isn't a good reason why the UK shouldn't exit the EU then I don't know what is?
JD played two different sets for a handful of punters in the Dutch capital.Apparently the support band didn't turn up?


Tracklist:

1st set:
01. Passover
02. Wilderness
03. Digital
04. Day Of The Lords
05. Insight
06. New Dawn Fades
07. Disorder
08. Transmission


2nd set:
09. Love Will Tear Us Apart
10. These Days
11. A Means To An End
12. Twenty Four Hours
13. Shadowplay
14. She's Lost Control
15. Atrocity Exhibition
16. Atmosphere
17. Interzone.


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Joy Division - "Les Bains Douches, Paris 18/12/1979" (Bootleg)


Again we have to thank France for saving anglo-american music from themselves.This concert was the subject of a radio broadcast on the Bernard Lenoir Show on French radio, so there exists a broadcast quality recording , which was partially released on CD at the turn of the century.
This official version doesn't seem to include the whole of the performance however, but its by far the best quality recording of Joy Division in action.
So, to fill in the gaps this is the full set as recorded by an audience member on the night.It reveals that mistakes were edited out ,whole tunes dropped, and what sounds like modern effects added, with generous amounts of compression. It sounds a lot more punchy than the bootleg,or anything that had been released before under the name of Joy Division. Probably the most played release by JD in my collection.Probably the high water mark for Joy Division, before Ian's illness and personal problems took over and destroyed him.

Bootleg Track List:

01. Passover
02. Wilderness
03. Disorder
04. Love Will Tear Us Apart
05. Insight
06. Shadowplay
07. Transmission
08. Day Of The Lords
09. Twenty Four Hours
10. Colony
11. These Days
12. A Means To An End
13. She's Lost Control
14. Atrocity Exhibition
15. Interzone
16. Warsaw



CD/Radio Version:

1 Disorder
2 Love Will Tear Us Apart
3 Insight
4 Shadowplay
5 Transmission
6 Day Of The Lords
7 24 Hours
8 These Days
9 A Means To An End
10 Passover
11 New Dawn Fades
12 Atrocity Exhibition
13 Digital
14 Dead Souls
15 Autosuggestion
16 Atmosphere

Tracks 1-9 Live: Paris, December 18th 1979 (taken from the 2nd radio broadcast of the gig 1994)
Tracks 10-12 Live: Amsterdam, January 11th 1980
Tracks 13 - 16 Live: Eindhoven, January 18th 1980


Friday, 8 September 2017

Joy Division - "Rainbow Theatre, London 09/11/1979" (Bootleg)


By the end of this tour, The Buzzcocks were, by now, aware that Joy Division were creating far too much of an impact for a support band.So,Rumour has it, the Buzzcocks road crew fixed the sound to be shite for Joy Division and vastly superior for the Buzzcocks for this two nighter in the capital.
I haven't got a recording of the Buzzcocks set, no-one was interested enough to record that one, so I can't contrast and compare;but it sounds ok to me.Just another element in the mythologizing of Joy Division. However, it is evident that The Buzzcocks were representative of a sound that was ,by 1979, very passé ,and Joy Division was the future, or, a future that never was.

Tracklist:

01. The Sound Of Music
02. Shadowplay
03. New Dawn Fades
04. Colony
05. Insight
06. Love Will Tear Us Apart
07. She's Lost Control
08. Transmission


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Joy Division - "Pavillion, Hemel Hempstead 05/11/1979" (Bootleg)


A below average quality audience recording of the only decent fireworks in Hemel Hempstead on Guy Fawkes night in 1979,as the Buzzcocks tour hit town.
The most interesting bits are the tracks from the soundcheck, with four attempts to play 'New Dawn Fades".

Tracklist:

01. Dead Souls
02. Wilderness
03. Twenty Four Hours
04. New Dawn Fades
05. Digital
06. Disorder
07. Interzone 


soundcheck:
11. New Dawn Fades
12. Dead Souls
13. The Only Mistake
14. Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Joy Division - "Winter Gardens, Bournemouth 02/11/1979" (Bootleg)


If Ian Curtis sounded ill on the Guildford bootleg, then he really was ill for this one.Ending the set by collapsing backwards into the drums,being carried off stage and taken to Hospital in an ambulance......not a Crispy Ambulance by the way.
There are some clues as to his condition on this tape; notably the strange guitar playing on 'Love Will tear us Apart', and the strangely incoherent singing in the last two numbers of the set.
As Ian collapsed into the drums there was a Tommy Cooper Moment* as the audience applauded and asked for 'more'??...they obviously thought it was part of the show.Those rock'n'rollers eh?
The Cardiff show the next day was suitably cancelled,but he was back for the Bristol show the day afterwards,like a true professional.
Besides all that, this is a reasonably good audience recording.

*(Tommy died on live TV and the audience laughed thinking it was a joke)


Track list:

01. I Remember Nothing
02. Love Will Tear Us Apart
03. Interzone
04. Colony
05. Insight
06. These Days
07. Digital
08. Transmission
09. Atrocity Exhibition.


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Joy Division - "Civic Hall, Guildford 01/11/1979" (Bootleg)


Another good quality audience recorded bootleg from the Buzzcocks tour.Ironically, in the Stranglers home town; ironically, as Jean Jacques Burnel was an undoubted influence on Peter Hook's bass 'lead bass' playing.
This one includes a soundcheck too!

Tracklist:

01.Intro
02.No Love Lost
03.These Days
04.Disorder
05.Candidate
06.Shadowplay
07.Auto Suggestion
08.Warsaw
09.Transmission
10.Sound of Music


Soundcheck:

11.Drum Solo
12.Auto Suggestion
13.These Days (part)


Monday, 4 September 2017

Joy Division - "Electric ballroom,London 26/10/1979" (Bootleg)



This excellent quality audience recording starts off with the two worst JD tunes,but "I remember Nothing"is far darker than the album version; which is more than I can say for JD's 'Hit'."Love will tear us apart" came second to Robbie Williams' "Angels" in a poll to find the best British single of all time???????.....yes "LWTUA" is better than "Angels" at least lyrically, in fact isn't every single ever released better than that simply awful Chav's anthem?
The rest of this gig is slightly above average, despite Ian Curtis going missing for the crescendo of "Day Of The Lords".....he may have been under the weather again.He does sound rather subdued, as if his mind wasn't entirely on the job;so I suspect maybe he'd had, or was going to have, another fit.In hindsight his health situation does add an extra poignancy to this nostalgic trip.Everyone loves a tragedy don't they?....fucking ghouls!

Tracklist:

01. I Remember Nothing
02. Love Will Tear Us Apart
03. Wilderness
04. Colony
05. Insight
06. Day Of The Lords
07. Shadowplay
08. She's Lost Control
09. Transmission*
10. Disorder
11. Atrocity Exhibition
12. Interzone.


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Joy Division - "Edinburgh,Odeon, 06/10/1979" (Bootleg)


A rare chance to hear Joy Division in Scotland.Even though they sound as if they were playing in Manchester, so distant and echoy they sound on this audience bootleg recorded from the back of the Odeon in Scotland's capital.According to the diary review above,they went down a storm,and were asked back for an encore of 'Transmission';very rare for a support act.

Tracklist:

01. Leaders Of Men
02. Digital
03. Day Of The Lords
04. Transmission
05. Shadowplay
06. She's Lost Control
07. New Dawn Fades
08. Disorder


Joy Division - "Newcastle City Hall, 04/10/1979" (Bootleg)


Joy Division were now touring as the support act for the Buzzcocks. Reports vary as to who blew the other off the stage,but I guess they did it to each other in different ways. Joy Division were a much more serious proposition,musically, than the Buzzcocks, who were much more on the pop and entertainment side of things.
Either way, this tape is of atrocious quality,like the typical audience bootleg one would buy from one of those dodgy vendor's lurking in the market on a saturday afternoon. Nevertheless,this is the only record of that evening in the north east of England.

Tracklist:

01. Disorder
02. Shadowplay
03. Colony
04. Day Of The Lords
05. Glass
06. Transmission
07. She's Lost Control
08. Atrocity Exhibition.


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Joy Division - "The Factory,Manchester 28/09/1979" (Bootleg)


An incomplete soundboard recording of Joy Divisions' last gig at the Factory.
One which ended with Peter Hook attacking someone win the audience with his Rickenbacker bass.Ending in the instrument being rendered unplayable.So if you see pictures of Hooky playing this guitar then it must be before the 29th of september 1979.

Tracklist:

01 - 24 Hours (Soundcheck)
02 - Atmosphere
03 - Wilderness
04 - Shadowplay
05 - Insight
06 - Colony

07 - 24 Hours(incomplete)

Joy Division - "Nashville Ballroom, London. 22/09/1979" ("Try To Cure Yourself" Bootleg)


A vinyl bootleg of Joy Division's (not Stiff Kittens) gig at the Nashville Room,taken from a soundboard recording,on 22/09/1979.
The quality is very good, but the Bass is a bit lost in the mix.

Tracklist:

01. Wilderness
02. Shadowplay
03. Leaders Of Men
04. Insight
05. Colony
08. Transmission
09. Disorder
10. She's Lost Control
11. Atrocity Exhibition
12. Glass
11. Exercise One.

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Joy Division - "Electric Ballroom, London. 31-08-1979." (Bootleg)


Bloody hell, this is 38years old today!
Joy Division play to their largest crowd to date of 1200.
A slightly subdued performance,but still twice as powerful than any of their peers at the time or since.If "Day of the Lords" and "Shadowplay" played in tandem fails to send shivers down your spine then you're already dead.

Tracklist:

01. The Sound Of Music
02. Wilderness
03. Colony
04. Day Of The Lords
05. Shadowplay
06. Transmission
07. Interzone
08. Disorder
09. She's Lost Control
10. Insight.


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Joy Division - "27th August 1979: Leigh Open Air Festival, also known as "Zoo Meets Factory Half Way" (Bootleg)



Well worth two quid was the August bank Holiday line-up for the Leigh Pop Festival in 1979.
The Joy Division set was, as usual, intense .Luckily most of it was recorded over the soundboard,and has a very immediate 'live' quality about it,with clunky bass and slightly distorted vocals.
The last couple of tracks are taken from an inferior audience recording of the same concert.
As ever,profoundly exciting.

Tracklist:

01. Leaders Of Men
02. Colony
03. Insight
04. Digital
05. Dead Souls
06. Shadowplay
07. She's Lost Control

08. Transmission
09. Interzone
10. The Sound Of Music (incomplete)