Tuesday, June 06, 2023

“We learned to play our bloody instruments”: From Warsaw to Joy Division

After recording their EP "An Ideal for Living" in December 1977, only a year-and-a-half after they had begun playing their instruments, the band Warsaw changed their name to Joy Division and began writing further material. When they finally got into the studio again in April 1979, after complications with record companies, they recorded their debut LP "Unknown Pleasures", which was released in June 1979. Here's a story I heard long ago but have not been able to confirm: When a music journalist asked bassist Peter Hook whey Joy Division sounded so different than Warsaw, despite having the same band members, Hook's answer was flip: "We learned to play our bloody instruments." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 6 June 2023)

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