July 31, 2021

An old live VHS of Joy Division from 1979 comes out complete and restored

Ever, in his 2007 film titled Control, director Anton Corbijn took the opportunity to insert a nod to the rumor that Joy Division, as a band, deeply hated everything about The Buzzcocks.

And despite the fact that in 2005, The Guardian document a conversation between Peter Hook and the then very young members of Bloc Party, in which the bassist offered guidance and advice, but also revealed that he hated The Buzzcocks since these were authentic spoiled rich kids who treated them the worst, the reality is that Joy Division it would not have become what it was if it had not accepted the proposal to go on tour with them in ’79, the year in which the band reached the media lights after sending The Buzzcocks fuck up the stage.


And then you may wonder why was it so bad for Joy Division to go on tour with that band?

Let’s start with the fact that I paid them £1.50 a day, something like less than $ 50 pesos a day with which the band had to decide if they ate or had a beer, while The Buzzcocks they ate fat steaks and elegant lobsters on the tour.

And although yes, that tour was what prompted Joy Division to fame and yes, sending the band to hell was something that turned many heads to get their attention, not everything was honey on flakes because rumor has it that in that show in the Apollo Theater de ManchesterThe differences between the two projects were so many that to begin with, The Buzzcocks cut the show of Ian and company from an hour to only 32 minutes.

For many it might seem obvious, but it is still worth mentioning, obviously the idea of ​​making soundcheck was completely denied and Joy Division got up to play blind, without monitors and with just a line-check that was badly achieved and accommodated during the set.

And what was the result?

A run-down show that went down in history as one of the strangest and worst performed in the history of the band. But thanks to the journalist Paul H, offered a contrast on the then-“press favorites” (referring to Joy Division), which after that concert were seen in a more humane and beloved way by newspapers, magazines, radio stations and the public.

Check out the VHS video recorded by Richard Boon here!