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NEWS Today, exactly 44 years ago, Joy Division released their second and final studio album, Closer.

Today, exactly 44 years ago, Joy Division released their second and final studio album, Closer.

18th of July 2024, 13:00

Today, exactly 44 years ago, Joy Division released their second and final studio album, Closer. It was released on 18 July 1980 on the renowned UK label Factory Records exactly two months after the tragic suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis (18 May 1980). Today, Closer is still considered as one of the major releases of the New-Wave and Post-Punk era.

The songs on Closer were drawn from two distinct periods. The earlier guitar-driven compositions like Atrocity Exhibition, A Means to an End, Colony, Passover and 24 Hours were written during the latter half of 1979. The other songs like Isolation, Decades, The Eternal and Heart and Soul were written in early 1980 and included more prominent use of electronics and synthesizers.

Regarding the album's lyrical content, Bernard Sumner recollected: "We'd go to rehearsals and sit around and talk about really banal things. We'd do that until we couldn't talk about banal things any more, then we'd pick up our instruments and record into a little cassette player. We didn't talk about the music or the lyrics very much. We never analyzed it”. Bernard also remembers Ian Curtis saying he was feeling strange because “he felt like all his words were writing themselves. He also said that he had this terrible claustrophobic feeling that he was in a whirlpool and being pulled down, drowning."

Closer was recorded between 18–30 March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios in London. It was produced by Martin Hannett. His production has been highly praised by the music press. However, as with their debut album, both Hook and Sumner were unhappy with Hannett's work. Peter Hook later complained that the track "Atrocity Exhibition" was mixed on one of his days off and when he heard the final product was disappointed that the abrasiveness of his guitar part had been laden with effects and toned down. He wrote; "I was like, head in hands, oh fucking hell, it's happening again. Unknown Pleasures number two... Martin [Hannett] had melted the guitar with his Marshall Time Waster. Made it sound like somebody strangling a cat, and to my mind, absolutely killed the song. I was so annoyed with him and went in and gave him a piece of my mind but he just turned around and told me to fuck off."

The album cover was designed by Martyn Atkins and Peter Saville, with a photograph of a Italian tomb on the sleeve. Designer Peter Saville commented that he, upon learning of singer Ian Curtis's suicide, expressed immediate concern over the album's design as it depicted a funeral theme, remarking "we've got a tomb on the cover of the album!"

Closer as a 12” vinyl album reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart. The Album was also chosen as Album of The Year by NME and is still placed highly in various top 10 lists like Best Album of the 80s (Slant Magazine, Pitchfork Magazine, Q magazine, …) and number two on Sonic Seducers “10 key Goth albums”. It got 10/10 review scores by Akk Music, NME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone album guide, Select, Spin Alternative Record Guide, Uncut and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music

By 1982, the album had sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.

Shortly after this release the remaining members chose New Order as their new and future band name.

Closer
Side A

1. Atrocity Exhibition
2. Isolation
3. Passover
4. Colony
5. A Means to an End

Side B
6. Heart and Soul
7. Twenty Four Hours
8. The Eternal
9. Decades

All songs written by Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner.


NEWS Today it’s 36 years since Siouxsie & The Banshees released their single Peek-a-Boo!

Today it’s 36 years since Siouxsie & The Banshees released their single Peek-a-Boo!

18th of July 2024, 00:00

Today it’s exactly 36 years since Siouxsie & The Banshees released their single Peek-a-Boo. It was released on 18th July 1988 as the first single from the band's ninth studio album, Peepshow. Peek-a-Boo was rated "Single of the Week" in both Sounds and NME.

The song's peculiar sound is due to its experimental recording which was based on a sample. The song was built on a loop in reverse of a brass part with drums which the group previously arranged a year before for a cover of John Cale's 'Gun'. The band selected different parts of that tape when played backwards, editing them and re-recording on top of it, adding a different melody plus accordion, a one-note bass and discordant guitar. Drummer Budgie also added another beat. Once the instrumental parts were finished, Siouxsie sang her lyrics over it. The lyric track was further manipulated by Siouxsie's use of a different microphone for each line of the song. It took the band a year to arrive at this result.

Peek-a-Boo was one of Siouxsie and the Banshees' most recognizable and popular singles; it was also the group's first to chart in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 53 in the week of 3rd December. The song was very popular on alternative rock radios and received heavy play on MTV. In September 1988, Billboard magazine premiered a new Modern Rock Tracks chart, which measured radio airplay on US modern rock stations; "Peek-a-Boo" was the chart's first No. 1 song. In the UK, "Peek-a-Boo" became their fifth Top 20 UK hit, peaking at number 16 in the Singles Chart.

The music video was chosen by The Chart Show to be their "Best Video of the Year" for 1988. On the Beavis & Butt-Head episode "Sperm Bank," Beavis noted while watching the video that "this is music for people who don't have any friends”.

Peek-a-Boo (CDS/7”)
a. Peek-a-Boo
b. False Face

Peek-a-Boo (CD Maxi-single)
1. Peek-A-Boo
2. Catwalk
3. Peek-A-Boo (Big Spender Mix)
4. False Face
5. Peek-A-Boo (Silver Dollar Mix)

Peek-a-Boo (Lyrics)

Creeping up the backstairs
Slinking into dark stalls
Shapeless and slumped in bath chairs
Furtive eyes peep out of holes
She has many guises
She'll do what you want her to
Playing dead and sweet submission
Cracks the whip deadpan on cue

Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo

Reeking like a pigsty
Peeling back and gagging free
Flaccid ego in your hand
Chokes on dry tears, can you understand?
She's jeering at the shadows
Sneering behind a smile
Lunge and thrust to pout and pucker
Into the face of the beguiled

Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo (Golly jeepers)
Peek-a-boo (Where'd you get those peepers?)
Peek-a-boo (Peepshow, creepshow)
Peek-a-boo (Where did you get those eyes?)

Strobe lights pump and flicker
Dry lips crack out for more
"Come bite on this rag doll, baby!
That's right now hit the floor"
They're sneaking out the back door
She gets up from all fours
Rhinestone fools and silver dollars
Curdle into bitter tears

Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo
Peek-a-boo (Golly jeepers)
Peek-a-boo (Where'd you get those peepers?)
Peek-a-boo (Peepshow, creepshow)
Peek-a-boo (Where did you get those eyes?)
Peek-a-boo (Golly jeepers)
Peek-a-boo (Where'd you get those peepers?)
Peek-a-boo (Peepshow, creepshow)
Peek-a-boo (Where did you get those eyes?)
Peek-a-boo (Golly jeepers)
Peek-a-boo (Where'd you get those peepers?)
Peek-a-boo (Peepshow, creepshow)
Peek-a-boo (Where did you get those eyes?)

Where did you get those eyes?
Where did you get those eyes?

(Songwriters: N Sioux / Steven Severin / Johnny Mercer / N Budgie / Harry Warren)


NEWS 43 years of Tainted Love by Soft Cell!

43 years of Tainted Love by Soft Cell!

17th of July 2024, 00:00

Soft Cell's release of "Tainted Love" in July 1981, today 43 years ago, marked a seminal moment in the landscape of synthpop and new wave music. Originally a 1964 soul song by Gloria Jones, Soft Cell's rendition transformed it into a global hit, characterized by its distinctive electronic instrumentation and Marc Almond's emotive vocal delivery. The duo, comprised of Almond and David Ball, infused the track with a dark, edgy energy, capturing the disillusionment and angst of the early 80s youth.

The song's minimalist production, driven by a hypnotic synth riff and a pulsating rhythm, was groundbreaking. It effectively harnessed the emerging technology of synthesizers, which became a defining feature of the era's sound. Soft Cell's version of "Tainted Love" also included a segue into "Where Did Our Love Go" (Originally by The Supremes) in its extended 12-inch format, adding a fresh twist to their cover and showcasing their creative approach to music production.Marc Almond said that this decision was not the duo's, recounting, "If only we'd put our own song on it then we would be considerably richer", while David Ball described the medley as "the most costly idea of our career".

"Tainted Love" received critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart and number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. Its popularity was further cemented by its extensive airplay on MTV, contributing to the song's international reach. The track's themes of romantic turmoil and betrayal resonated widely, making it an anthem of heartbreak and emotional resilience.

Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" not only elevated the duo to stardom but also influenced the trajectory of electronic music. It paved the way for future synthpop artists and remains an enduring classic, frequently covered and sampled across genres. The song's legacy endures, reflecting its impact on popular culture and its status as a quintessential piece of 80s music history.

One on the most remarkable cover versions is without doubt British experimental band Coil's version of "Tainted Love”, released in 1985, which arrangements are heavily changed in contrary to Soft Cell's version, slowed down to the point when it gives a terrifying impression. “Tainted Love” was drastically re-arranged by Coil to reflect HIV/AIDS epidemic, emerged in the early 1980s and was regarded as the first AIDS benefit release.

In 2001 Marilyn Manson covered "Tainted Love" with an arrangement based on Soft Cell's version. It was released in November 2001 as a single from the Not Another Teen Movie soundtrack.

7" Single (BZS 2)

A1 Tainted Love 2:40
A2 Where Did Our Love Go 3:14

12" Single (BZS 212)

A1 Tainted Love 2:40
A2 Where Did Our Love Go 3:14
AA Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go 8:55

DISCOGS


NEWS 42 Years of 'Revelations' by Killing Joke!

42 Years of 'Revelations' by Killing Joke!

16th of July 2024, 00:00

This month, 42 years ago, Killing Joke released their third studio album Revelations (July 1982). It was recorded in Cologne, Germany and produced by Conny Plank, making it their first album not to be self-produced. This is also seemed to be their last album with the original line-up, featuring Youth on Bass, until Youth rejoined Killing Joke for their 2010 album Absolute Dissent.

At the time of its release the album got very mixed reviews, while some music critics rated it with 'only' 3 out of 5 stars, others gave it a full 5 out of 5 star rating.

Revelations reached number 12 in the UK Albums Chart.

Two singles were released from the album: 'Empire Song' and 'Chop-Chop'.
Funny fact, 'Empire Song' was performed on Top Of The Pops without singer Jas Coleman, who apparently had fled to Iceland in order to survive a potential nuclear world war

Revelations - LP

A1 The Hum 4:58
A2 Empire Song 3:18
A3 We Have Joy 2:59
A4 Chop-Chop 4:18
A5 The Pandys Are Coming 4:09

B1 Chapter III 3:12
B2 Have A Nice Day 3:13
B3 Land Of Milk And Honey 2:36
B4 Good Samaritan 3:30
B5 Dregs 4:52

2005 CD bonus track
We Have Joy" (Alternate Mix) 4:21


DISCOGS

Killing Joke:

Jaz Coleman – vocals, synthesizer
Kevin "Geordie" Walker – guitar
Martin "Youth" Glover – bass guitar
Paul Ferguson – drums, vocals


NEWS On this day, 13 years ago, the Phoenix arose!

On this day, 13 years ago, the Phoenix arose!

15th of July 2024, 14:00

On this day, 13 years ago, Belgian Nu-EBM band The Juggernauts made a powerful debut with their track "Phoenix" on the 2011 compilation album Awake The Machines Vol. 7, released by Out Of Line (July 15 2011). Embodying a potent mix of harsh EBM and industrial beats, "Phoenix" stands out with its aggressive rhythm, dark melodies, and commanding vocals. The track's relentless energy and pulsating electronic soundscapes mark it as a standout entry, showcasing The Juggernauts' talent for crafting intense, danceable tracks. This release not only established The Juggernauts as a force within the EBM/industrial scene but also set the stage for their future contributions to the genre. "Phoenix" remains a definitive track, capturing the raw essence of the EBM genre.

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