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JOY DIVISION - "An Ideal For Living" (1978)

Manchester, England

As great as both Unknown Pleasures and Closer are, this is the part of Joy Division's history that I really like. At the time of this recording they were still called Warsaw. They had a much different, yet still very familiar sound. The guitars are rougher and the drums have a more straight forward, choppy feel. It's much more punk than post-punk. Ian's vocals aren't as deep and are lacking that "gothic sound". Instead, there's a more nasally, almost sneering brit punk feel too it, but snotty and in-your-face like the Damned or the Sex Pistols. So by no means do I mean to belittle any of of their later output, but I really, REALLY love this EP. The opening track is hands down one of the best songs Joy Division ever wrote.

A1 Warsaw 2:25
A2 No Love Lost 3:43
B1 Leaders of Men 2:35
B2 Failures 3:44

Recommended listening:
WIRE - "Pink Flag" (1977)
BAUHAUS - "Bela Lugosi's Dead" (1979)
DE BRASSERS - "De Brassers" (1981)

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