Joy Division – More Than Just Love Tearing Us Apart…

So I have a file of Joy Division stuff that I’ve had for a while and needed posting up, but it seems to be a lot around the song “Love Will Tear Us Apart” – THAT song!!! (Can you play Joy Division, you know, starts to hum/sing the chorus)

I’m not going to go through all the background but there down as a Salford band not a Manchester one. My personal experience was buying “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (the 1983 re-press) and not really liking it even though it had 2 versions, I think I preferred the B-side. The production just sounded weird and make-shift. I did get into New Order a little but again I found the sound samey. The vocals were a little detached and quite stylised into a croon.


Joy Division ‎– An Ideal For Living (7″ E.P.)

Raw and just they had just changed their name, the bands image was a bit of a problem, the gigs were attracting skinheads for the wrong reasons. So much for choosing provocative images to get a buzz around the band.

Recorded in Oldham, Pennine Studio Sound in December 1977. “Warsaw” is garage punk with a deliberate miscounted start. Duet vocals and a wicked, fast tempo. “No Love Lost” is a bit more Joy Division with the tribal drums, slower tempo and guitar effects. Hook said they were influenced by The Banshees at the time. Vocals coming it at 2 minutes. Still punk but with less shout and even some reverb.

“Leaders Of Men” has some gated drums and that familiar Hook bassline, Iggy and Bowie influences abound, I was waiting for them to come in on backing vocals.

“Failures” is very “Neat Neat Neat” by The Damned, punk and rock chords. Sumner power strumming his wrist off and adding a few solo’s too!!


Enigma  ‎– PSS 139 01

A1 Warsaw
A2 No Love Lost
B1 Leaders Of Men
B2 Failures

Onwards to the 12″ release with that weird production, etheral production by Martin Hannett, the other version is much more punchy, quicker and with clearer vocals and brighter synths.

So here is that B-side, “These Days”, at the time I was getting into early Ultravox! and the punk came through this, driving bass and weird guitar effects and very early U2 sounding.


Factory ‎– FAC 23-12 01

A Love Will Tear Us Apart
B1 These Days
B2 Love Will Tear Us Apart

Here is link to the 1995 re-release which has the Arthur Baker remix as well a the bonus track, “Transmission”.

So as we carry on the vault got plundered again in 2005 including the original version with a new Radio version remixed by American producer Don Gehman who brightens everything up and cleans up all the instrumentation. I think this might be the same version on the ’95 release called the “Permanent Mix” although it is longer and does not fade out the guitar part at the end.  Bonus B-side this time is the epic “Atmosphere” – a track that is still haunting after all these years.


London Records ‎– FAC23CD loved

1 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Original Version) 3:27
2 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Radio Version) 3:39
3 Atmosphere 4:10

Proving you can always make a bit of cash and keep a classic in the listening public’s eye.  This limited release from 2009 came out on green vinyl (amongst other colours) on the American Cleopatra label. These were advertised as alternative versions mastered from the original Martin Hannett session tapes. Not licensed by the band and sounding a bit soulless.

“Transmission” seems to be recorded from a cassette tape but it does sound quite interesting – a studio outtake with what seems like a bat on backing vocals.


Cleopatra ‎– CLP 3673 01

A Love Will Tear Us Apart 3:17
B Transmission 3:40

Ministry ‎– All Day / Everyday (Is Halloween) plus Remix (2 X 12″)


Happy Hallowe’en from Ministry and this from 1985 and the cheesy but charming “Everyday (Is Like Halloween)” All about Goth dress sense. Still hear Julia’s Song by O.M.D. here. The bridge

What with all that scratching in the mid section, there is even a James Brown sample. The bridge between synth pop and EBM

The main track, “All Day” is almost proto-techno. Ministry was starting to get darker but there is still that Synth/ Techno Pop element.

Wax Trax! Records ‎– WAX 007 SAM_9403

A All Day 5:51
B Everyday (Is Halloween) 6:35

And here is the looong remix, with added spookiness and reverb. The Bela Lugosi’s Dead of EBM. Not bad for tracks that were recorded back in 1984. The original and best remixes are mostly done by the original artist.

“Nature Of Outakes” is a remix of previous single “Nature Of Love” – going down the same Proto-techno sound. And is scarier than the A-side. Reminds me of Front 242, a great track!

Wax Trax! Records ‎– WAX 020 SAM_9436

A Halloween (Remix)
B Nature Of Outtakes

X – Devil Doll (US Promo 12″)

X - Live at the Whisky A Go-Go on the Fabulous Sunset Strip

From 1988 and a late release from X, from the Live album, “Live At The Whiskey A Go-Go On The Fabulous Sunset Strip” – Rockabilly with a punk edge with duet vocals from Exene Cervenka and John Doe. Doing what they do best and just wigging out and as American as Apple Pie. Billy Zoom’s guitar is worth the entrance fee alone.

Elektra ‎– ED 5303 SAM_1314

A Devil Doll (Vocal / LP Version) 4:27
B1 The New World (Vocal / LP Version) 3:00
B2 Burning House Of Love (Vocal / LP Version) 4:22

Freur ‎– The Devil And Darkness (12″)

Synth folk with more than an essence of XTC. From Freur’s second album, “Get Us Out Of Here”, quirky and not very frightening but very hard to find. Karl Hyde and Rick Smith were joined by fellow Underworld members, Alfie Thomas, Bryan Burrows and John Warwicker (now an art designer) All lovingly produced with John Hudson on this October 1984 release. Mad lyrics in a “Wickerman” style from a very original sounding band.

“Jazz Is Kng?” is much more experimental, samples and dub blend well over Hyde’s echoey vocal. A slow, atmospheric track with random jazzy piano and a repetitive bass synth.


CBS ‎– TX 4726 devil

A The Devil And Darkness (Kevin Whyte Mix)
B Jazz Is King (?)

That bloody WordPress App…

Had posts ready to go up today so regulars could check the daily duo. Posted using the phone app and they got posted when I originally did them last week! Hidden away days ago. Any tips from fellow bloggers to make them appear as the newest post ?

The Fun Boy Three ‎– The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum (12″)

From ’81 and one of those “fake” twelves which were exactly the same tracks and length as the 7″. Sparse and haunting with what I’m thinking is a Casiotone VL1 lead, it sums up the political climate in the UK at the moment, politicians messing around with their own agenda’s. Underproduced by Dave Jordan (The Specials, The Pogues)

“Faith Hope And Charity” is proper synthpop, with same chanted lyrics, bass sequencer and a bit of funk guitar. And a simple message..”faith and hope and charity – one for you and one for me – money doesn’t grow on trees – but babies come from ladies” Anyone hear Justin Timberlake’s Sexyback here ??


Chrysalis ‎– CHS 12 2563 SAM_0072 (1)

A The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum) 3:10
B Faith, Hope And Charity 2:50

Ray Parker Jr. ‎– Ghostbusters (Searchin’ For The Spirit) (12″)

It had to be posted !!!

Still amazed about the amount of synths going on here. From 1984 and from THAT film. Slightly remixed by Nick Martinelli And David Todd this version was a UK exclusive (for a change)It has different bridge section to the normal 12″ and a better ending. Laugh along with the Spirit!

I’ve a spot for the dub version were the arrangement can be clearly heard, shame there are no samples from the film overdubbed.

Arista ‎– ARIST 12 580 SAM_6030

A Ghostbusters (Searchin’ For The Spirit) 5:27
B Ghostbusters (Dub Instrumental Version) 5:33

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Tomb Raider Mix)


Glad I kept this over for the Hallowe’en Week. From the Best Of Album “Crackle” this is a re-record (I think) still keeping the length but sounding a lot fresher, with that ear bursting bass and the scratchy guitar effects accompanied by moans and wails for extra effect, we even have some backward vocals.

Bananarama ‎– A Trick Of The Night (12″)

Unusual choice, the scary girls from Bananarama with the February 1987!! By this time they were fully S.A.W. -ed up. This was from the BBC series “In At The Deep End.” and off the LP “True Confessions.” This video was directed by Paul Heiney, from the series, where two BBC presenters were asked to do something that they had never done (in this case direct a music video.)  Dark theme for one of their tracks, about a young man who got into male prostitution. It stalled at Number 32 in the chart.

The “Number One Mix” (wishful thinking) is bright and catchy, remixed by Phil Harding and Ian Curnow, a typical mid-paced S.A.W. production that builds and builds until the singing starts on the 3 minute mark (the joy of the 12″) Parts are taken from the song by Princess, “I’m Your Number One”- S.A.W. sampling their own records.

Original production team, Steve Jolley & Tony Swain, mix the “Tricky Mix” – a bit clumsily too. They nearly destroy it with an extended intro of stop/start, three minutes (again) until the actual song kicks in. It has more synth pop in feel and it’s well worth a listen through and more like the album version

B-side “Set On You” sounds like the Pet Shop Boys, it’s a sounds like a short Dub version(very little lyrics) and was an exclusive B-side, again mixed by Phil Harding. It did get an exclusively release in….Canada.

London Records ‎– NANX 12 folder

A A Trick Of The Night (The Number One Mix)
B1 A Trick Of The Night (Tricky Mix)
B2 Set On You

Sunday Silly Song(s) 53 – P4F – Hustle & Bustle + Bonus 12″ Diamond (CD Rip)


Can’t believe I’ve done over 50 Silly Sunday Songs!

This is a compilation from PSF (Cecchetto, Sabiu and Caprani) with some very early mash-ups. They have previous on the SSS series with a mashup of Relax and P-Machinery and a mashup of Notorious and Le Freak (all covered by the studio team and quite faithfully reproduced apart from the vocals) Here is a CD compilation of all their releases from 1987.

When its not covers it turns into Italo – Disco and cheesy as hell, looking at the download stats it’s very popular. For fans of synth dance. It’s currently £138 to get on Discogs in its original form.

“Winner” sounds like Simple Minds, “Hustle & Bustle” a bit Blancmange-like, “Love War” is quite weird with funk sampled bass and rock guitar, FGTH – Two Tribes, very intriguing.

Here is a link to the Twelves

Touch Of Gold ‎– 832181-2 image description

1 Notorious Medley With Le Freak 4:06
2 Diamond 5:20
3 P. Machinery Medley With Relax 6:40
4 Mister X 4:15
5 Winner 6:18
6 Hustle And Bustle 6:05
7 Love War 6:50

Bonus track Number 8 – The single version of “Deejay” at 3:16

And for the OCD amongst you here is the 12″ of Diamond (but recorded at 192kps), slightly extended and quite loud compared to the CD Rip, very ABBA but quite good. Long Live Italo – Disco!!!

ZYX Records ‎– ZYX 5565 P4F - Diamond (Front)

A Diamond 7:18
B Mister X 4:00