“I tried to get to you/you treat me like this”

Joy Division – “Candidate” from Unknown Pleasures (1979)

I recently visited Manchester, England, and my thoughts the entire time I was in the city were consumed by Joy Division. The Manchester-based band released two albums in its lifetime before the suicide in 1980 of singer Ian Curtis. After Curtis’ death, the remaining members of the band found much success as New Order.

Manchester is a very interesting city of great historical import. It was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution as well as the home of bands like Joy Division and The Smiths. Also, the city served as home base for Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. The city was also the site of the largest bomb ever to be detonated in Britain. In June 1996, the IRA detonated a truck bomb in the city centre. No deaths were reported, but the bomb caused over £400 million in property damage.

This song from Joy Division’s debut LP is showcases characteristic dark, haunting vocals from Curtis over a dark, haunting instrumental track. Curtis had a unique performance style and can be seen in action here. Curtis also suffered from epilepsy, and would sometimes have seizures onstage.

Finally, the band got the name “Joy Division” from the name used by Nazis for a group of Jewish women who were kept as sex slaves during World War II.

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Posted by Adam

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2 responses to ““I tried to get to you/you treat me like this”

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