is a track by the post punk
group Joy Division
. A truly breath taking
record, with, in my opinion, quite possibly the best intro
of any their work. This is no mean feat
by anyone’s standards, just think of the intros to Love Will Tear Us Apart
, Something must break
....The list is not small. It starts with slow and deep guitar licks, then the drums come in with Atari
ing' noises. What follows can best be described an earthquake at a snail`s pace. There is an expectation of a fast and hard base to accompany the flurry of drum beats. It never arrives.
For me, in one respect, this intro is like Led Zeppelin`s Stairway to Heaven. One can never guess when the drums are going to kick in, no matter how many times one listens.
Ian Curtis` (their late front man) voice, as with the vast majority of their recordings, is mesmerising. Emotionless(yet somehow brimming with emotion), haunted, fascinating and powerfull.
"Guess your dreams always end.
They don't rise up, just descend,
I don't care anymore,
I've lost the will to want more,
I'm not afraid not at all,
I watch them all as they fall,
But I remember when we were young".
No, I`m not going to give my interpretation of this track. It has been done too many times
. If you are curious then listen
to it. To quote Ian Curtis
`s node about their first album Unknown Pleasures
"The lyrics have one meaning for me but don't necessarily have the same meaning for somebody else. If you only hear the lyrics it's more up to your own imagination". --I.C.
There is no improving on this, so I`m not going to bother
as the quote above, in my opinion , says all that needs to be said
This is not
one of my
favorite Joy Division
tracks but I feel the intro itself deserves
Unknown Pleasures, August 1979
Heart and Soul, September 1999
The Complete BBC Recordings/Peel Sessions, August 2000
My personal favourite version is the Peel Sessions/BBC recordings.