Writing about Joy Division tonight for my book on music, I found this video during what passes for research! Two great tracks, “Transmission” first, but at 3.13 is the one I wanted to write about: “She’s Lost Control”. An extraordinary, rather disturbing performance. The bass lines that lead the melody are brilliant, the studied guitar riff as chorus I love. The snappy drum beat. But above all, Ian Curtis the singer is gripping in his glazed intensity. Anyone who has seen the film “Control” will know the context – tragic.
And if you haven’t seen the film, I recommend it highly. Incredibly moving – and inspiring. You don’t have to be a Joy Division fan to get it.
Yep, good shout, Sillsy. You clearly do a lot of your finest research at 12.27 a.m. (and later).
It’s an amazing piece. It’s so simple, and so tight (Bernard, Hooky and Steve Morris just perfectly coordinated), giving Curtis completely free rein to do what he wants with the song, and the mood. One of their best live clips I’ve seen. Shame they’re performing to a group of tailor’s dummies – some of whom are finding it pretty hard to lose control….
The clip’s from an old BBC show called Something Else. I’ve always remembered this. I think this live version outshines musically both the album track (from Unknown Pleasures) and the 12 inch remix, which was more electronic. It rocks harder. I have a John Peel session version which is similar.
Next up in the book must be New Order. Which means….. Blue Monday!