“Warsaw” is the opening song by Joy Division on their An Ideal for Living EP. It was slated for release on the album that became Warsaw, which was originally scrapped by the band and not released until 1994. The song is available on a number of compilations including Substance. The song appears to be a lyrical biography of Rudolf Hess, a Nazi and Hitler’s confidante, an Anglophile who became disillusioned with the war against Great Britain and fled to Scotland in an attempt to draw peace between the Axis and the Allies.
It starts with the lyrics “3 5 0 1 2 5 Go!” “31G-350125” was Hess’s prisoner of war serial number when he was captured having flown to Eaglesham during World War II. The first verse then describes Hess’s involvement with Hitler in the Beer Hall Putsch and infatuation with the Nazi Party. The second verse describes his disillusionment and estrangement from Hitler’s inner circle. The last verse discusses his last days in prison after fleeing to Scotland to make peace for the Nazi Party. The chorus is a simple repetition of “31G”, being the first three characters of his serial number. “31” signifies the European theatre of war and “G” German, the nationality of the prisoner.
It is featured in the video game Tony Hawk’s Underground 2.
“Transmission” is a song by English post-punk band Joy Division. It was released in 1979 by record label Factory as the band’s debut single.
“Transmission” was released on 7″ vinyl in October 1979 by record label Factory. It was re-released as a 12″ single with a different sleeve in December 1980. The single charted twice in New Zealand, debuting at number 2 in September 1981 and re-appearing again at number 24 in July 1984.
The song has been performed twice on television. One of them was on Tony Wilson’s show and the other was on BBC, on which Ian Curtis plays the guitar. Twenty seconds of the song is shown in the movie Control (2007), directed by Anton Corbijn, a film based on the biography of Ian’s wife Debbie Curtis’s Touching from a Distance.
“She’s Lost Control” is a song by British post-punk band Joy Division. It was first introduced in a concert in June 1978. Two separate single recordings have been released: the version appearing on the band’s 1979 debut album Unknown Pleasures, and a more electronic version first released in 1980 on a 12″ single, coupled with “Atmosphere”. This version has an additional verse, not present in the earlier one, and was recorded in March 1980 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, making it one of the last Joy Division studio recordings. There are also a number of live versions appearing on the bonus discs of the re-issues of the band’s albums.
“Shadowplay” is a song by the band Joy Division. It appeared on the 1979 album Unknown Pleasures. The song was covered by The Killers in 2007, Carpathian in 2010, and Kevin Max in 2012.
Early recordings of the lyrics on the Warsaw album show the first line of the song as saying “To the centre of the city where all roads meet looking for you”. In later recordings the word looking is replaced with waiting.
“New Dawn Fades” is a song from the 1979 album Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division. It opens with a backwards and heavily modified sample from previous song “Insight”, presumably added by Martin Hannett, post-production. The song relies on an ascending guitar riff by Bernard Sumner played against a descending bass riff by Peter Hook. The song uses the same progression throughout, but grows in intensity as the song progresses, reaching its peak with Ian Curtis singing “Me, seeing me this time, hoping for something else”, and ending with a guitar solo. The song closes side one of Unknown Pleasures. It’s also one of few Joy Division songs with two distinct guitars playing, one distorted and one a clean electric guitar picking notes from the guitar chords.
It has been covered by Moby in cooperation with New Order. There is also a version from former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. Ambient techno act The Sight Below covered it on its second album It All Falls Apart, featuring vocals by Jesy Fortino of Tiny Vipers. The band Rheinallt H Rowlands recorded a version of the song, sung in Welsh.
“New Dawn Fades” has been featured in several films. In the 1995 film Heat, an instrumental version of Moby’s cover plays during the car chase leading up to Al Pacino’s and Robert De Niro’s first on-screen meeting. It was also used in the 2005 remake of House of Wax, and a live version was featured in the 2006 Academy Award nominee Reprise. An instrumental version was produced by Christopher Drake on the Batman Year One Soundtrack. It was most-recently used in the soundtrack for Antoine Fuqua’s 2014 movie, The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington. It’s in the soundtrack of ACAB – All Cops Are Bastards.
“Love Will Tear Us Apart” is a song by English post-punk band Joy Division. It was written in August 1979, and debuted when the band supported Buzzcocks on their UK tour in September to November 1979. It is one of the few songs in which singer Ian Curtis played guitar (albeit somewhat minimally) on live versions. The lyrics ostensibly reflect the problems in his marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May 1980. The title is an ironic reference to “Love Will Keep Us Together”. Deborah had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on Ian’s memorial stone.
The song was first released as a single in June 1980 and became the band’s first chart hit, reaching number 13 in the UK Singles Chart. That October, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” peaked at number 42 on the American disco/dance chart. It also reached number 1 in New Zealand in June 1981. The band postponed their US tour after Curtis’s death, performed a few short sets as The No-Names, then finally renamed the group as New Order. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was re-released in 1983 and reached number 19 on the UK charts and re-appeared at number 3 in New Zealand during March 1984. In 1985, the 7″ single was released in Poland by Tonpress in different sleeve under license from Factory and sold over 20,000 copies. In November 1988, it made one more Top 40 appearance in New Zealand, peaking at number 39. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” appears on the Substance compilation album. It was first recorded for a John Peel session in November 1979, then re-recorded in January 1980 and March 1980. It is the latter version that appears on Substance. The January 1980 version originally appeared as one of the single’s B-sides.
In 1995, to publicise the release of Permanent, the track was reissued, complete with a new remix by Arthur Baker and a new radio edit, also known as the “Permanent Mix”. On 24 September 2007, the single was again reissued, in its original configuration. This time, it was to publicise the Collector’s Edition re-issues of the band’s three albums. Although the single was now issued on the Warner label, it retained the classic Factory packaging, including the FAC 23 catalogue number.
“Komakino” is a song by English post-punk band Joy Division. It was released in July 1980 by record label Factory as a 7″ flexi disc and given away free in selected record shops. 75,000 copies were pressed.
The tracks are outtakes from the recording session for the album Closer.
The single’s B-sides, “Incubation” and “As You Said”, are both instrumentals.
“Komakino” and “Incubation” appear on the 1988 compilation Substance. All three tracks are collected on the 4-CD 1997 compilation Heart and Soul.
“Isolation” is a 1980 song appearing on the post-punk band Joy Division’s second album, Closer. The song is based upon an electronic drum beat by Stephen Morris, accompanied by a high-pitched keyboard line by Bernard Sumner. Midway through the song, a rushing drum and hi-hat motif come in, propelling the song toward its dramatic end in what resembles a compact disc skipping (though the song predates the format), followed by a sudden electronic crescendo. In his book “Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division”, Peter Hook reveals the ending came as the serendipitous result of Martin Hannett’s efforts to rescue the original master tape from a botched edit by a junior sound engineer.
The song also appears on the Heart and Soul box set and on Permanent. A live version from the band’s last concert appears on Still. The song is also used in the 2007 Joy Division biopic Control.
“Digital” is a song by the band Joy Division, originally released on the 1978 double 7″ EP entitled A Factory Sample. It was later featured on the compilation albums Heart and Soul and Still.
The track was recorded in the band’s first session with Martin Hannett as producer. Recording took place at Cargo Studios in Rochdale, Lancashire on 11 October 1978.
It was the last song ever performed by Joy Division, as it was the final song of the last gig recorded on 2nd May 1980 at Birmingham University, just before the suicide of the band’s singer Ian Curtis. The entire concert was released on the Still album in 1981, and is also notable for including one of only three known recordings of Ceremony.
The song features in the films 24 Hour Party People and Control, where Tony Wilson sees the band play for the first time.
The song was used prominently by the BBC during their coverage of the 2005 Six Nations rugby tournament. Not only was it used in the 2005 Six Nations championships, but it is still used in the BBC’s coverage of all international rugby. It is also used for Sky’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League, as well as being used in the video game FIFA 06.
“Ceremony” is a song by Joy Division, released as New Order’s debut single in 1981. The song and its B-side, “In a Lonely Place”, were written as Joy Division prior to the death of Ian Curtis. Both were carried over to the band’s re-incarnation as New Order.
New Order released the song as a single twice, firstly in March 1981 and secondly in September 1981 featuring new member Gillian Gilbert.
The song appears in Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette.
“Atmosphere” is a song by English post-punk band Joy Division. It was originally released in March 1980 by record label Sordide Sentimental as “Licht und Blindheit”, a France-only limited edition single featuring the track “Dead Souls” as the B-side. Following Ian Curtis’s death two months later, it was re-released as a 12″ single by record label Factory with “She’s Lost Control” as the B-side.
The single was re-released in 1988 to coincide with the release of the compilation album Substance, and a music video was produced for the song.