Title: Transmission

Artist: Joy Division

Album: Originally a non-LP single, it’s on almost every Joy Division compilation.

Year Released: 1979

What It Is: A starting point of post-punk? A climax of the English New Wave as it moved into more danceable motifs? It could be all of these things, but what I know is that there are a bazillion bands right not who are trying to do exactly this sound, and most are mere whimpers to this bang.

Riffage / Hookage: Great riff from Bernard Albrecht (nee Dicken, later Sumner) and a monstrously powerful bass line from Peter Hook. There’s a decent hook in the chorus.

Cowbell?: No, but Stephen Morris adds just the right amount of drumming.

Words Of Wisdom: “Dance! Dance! Dance! Dance! Dance to the radio!

That’s all you need to know.

Mixology Report: Oh, yeah. This will satisfy the curious and not be as trite as “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. This actually gives you more a sense of what the band was all about.

Top Five Genius Results: (White Man)In Hammersmith Palais – The Clash
Ceremony – New Order (der…)
Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus
The Cutter – Echo & The Bunnymen
Kinky Afro – The Happy Mondays

For The Good Of The Order: Anyone see the movie about them? I haven’t yet, and I wonder if it’s any good?

Here’s a vid of them live on the teevee in Britain. Ian Curtis’ voice and appearance couldn’t be more discongruous.

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