Friday, January 04, 2008

Control has no Joy when Love decides to tear us apart

Being unwell, I didn't do much today- except for watching a movie (a documentary if you can call it) called 'Control'. All my posts will be related to a band called Joy Division- because that's I have done today.

1. Control

I came across it accidentally as I was just browsing through some online movies. It appeared to be intense - and when I looked up on IMDB, it turned out to be a movie on Ian Curtis, the very talented lead singer from the band Joy Division. The film relives his journey from before joining the band, personal struggle against - Epilepsy, his love, his sparkling and short music career and his depression which finally lead to a suicide at the age of 23! This is tribute website- Remember Ian Curtis

2. Joy Division

A band which had started to make an impact and touch the 'scene'. Immensely talented and very different. They happen to be the only punk or punk inspired band that I have fallen for. There was such a sense of restlessness and unrest in their music. The kind of curiosity which happens to be in a raw talent - which is yet to reach a state of permanence inspired a range of artists like Sex pistols, The Doors (the voice and style of singing and keyboards- wherever used), David Bowie...

The name Joy Division is inspired by a novel The House Of Dolls. This novel describes Joy Division as groups of Jewish women in the concentration camps in WW2 serving the sexual needs of the Nazi soldiers. Weird name - but that's what the first thing you notice about any thing punk (nothing against that genre - but thats how they were).

Their style was somewhat like this- led by heavy bass, drums somewhat similar to the famous D beat used heavily later in 1980s, vocals totally inspired by Jim Morrison- even the style of singing and I thought the most important thing for which I liked them was that - they had more variety and melody/rhythm than normal Punk rock.

3. Love will tear us apart

This is their most famous song. Quite understandably so. Listen to it and you will know why it is placed at 179 in 500 top songs of all time by Rolling Stones magazine. Listen to the keyboards and you will be surprised to find Gothic influence!!! They were indeed one of the post punk bands to have originated this style of Gothic Rock. Ian wrote it when he was having trouble dealing with his love and marriage - quite apparent from the lyrics.

Here it goes:-

YouTube Video

When the routine bites hard
And ambitions are low
And the resentment rides high
But emotions wont grow
And were changing our ways,
Taking different roads
Then love, love will tear us apart again

Why is the bedroom so cold
Turned away on your side?
Is my timing that flawed,
Our respect run so dry?
Yet theres still this appeal
That weve kept through our lives
Love, love will tear us apart again

Do you cry out in your sleep
All my failings expose?
Get a taste in my mouth
As desperation takes hold
Is it something so good
Just cant function no more?
When love, love will tear us apart again

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