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Hello, I just dropped by this site for the first time and was surprised to find such an active forum. It seems that there is still as much interest in Joy Division now as there was 25 years ago. I remember buying the Unknown Pleasures LP at the time of its release and I had it on heavy rotation during the Summer of 1979. My favourite Manchester bands at that time were Magazine, Buzzcocks and (particularly) The Fall. I was also interested in Joy Division because the sound that Martin Hannett achieved on their records was other-worldly and seemed to be like nothing else that had gone before.

 

I was fortunate enough to see Joy Division at the Russell Club (aka The Factory) in Manchester in 1979. IIRC, Teardrop Explodes (featuring a then relatively unknown Julian Cope) were first on the bill that night, followed by a group called Foreign Press who I think were a Manchester band with a sizeable following at the time. During Joy Division's set, there was obviously some tension between Peter Hook and a member of the audience who appeared to be goading him. I vividly recall Hook jumping off the stage and leaping in to the audience to attack the man who had been taunting him. Hook got the better of the scuffle but the band left the stage for several minutes. They returned to conclude their set in a rather subdued manner and in an atmosphere of considerable tension. I also remember that there was a nasty punch-up inside the club before the band took the stage but I don't think this level of violence was considered unusual by Russell Club standards. 

 

All this is 26 years ago and the Russell Club (later the PSV Club) has long ago been demolished. I now live in Hulme just about 200 metres from where it once stood. It's funny to think that Joy Division are now revered by a generation who were not born at the time when the band were active.      

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Welcome and thank you for the story. Its interesting having people on this site who actually lived through it all.

If you look around I'm sure someone will sort you out with a recording of that gig, I don't have it meself though.

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Wish we could help out with the recording! This was the 28 Sept 79 show that nobody's got!

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Welcome!  It's always interesting to hear the story of someone's personal experience at a JD show.

 

I will always regret that I did not get to see them live.


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Wow! It's amazing you went to that gig, I wish I wasn't sooooo young (I'm about to turn 16, sadly) and I'm living with the pain of seeing boring bands


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There is still bands from that period playing, there just grey and fat but it doesn't mean there not good live
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I know, The Buzzcocks still play and I saw them live once, and I saw Vinni Reilly as well. Some bands age with grace and those two are good examples


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The Buzzcocks still play and I saw them live once, and I saw Vinni Reilly as well. Some bands age with grace and those two are good examples


Catch 'The Fall' (pun intended) live - still wonderful, Mark E certainly isn't fat, although ageing with grace I'm not so sure about  

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After that lead post, it's even more of a pity that FP doesn't post on here anymore.


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FP still makes the occasional appearance on this forum. Using a different name these days.


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  hello everybody...


The soon to be published Rob Gretton note books should show the names Emergency & Foreign Press on a number of its pages, us being the supplier of a PA and engineer for many an early JD gig (and supplied support spots for them when no on else would touch 'em, ref: Joy Division - The Documentary ) I'm hoping they go back as far as his Slaughter and the dogs days, (me him and a couple of others fly posting a huge SLAUGHTER 'montage' from hand bills under the Albion St railway viaduct, just around the corner from the then future 'hacinenda') really looking forward to reading Robs notes, altogether now, oh happy days.....


 


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To the person previously known as FP

What's the significance behind the new name?

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I was in a Roxy Music frame of mind back in January lee 

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Glad to see you have exposed yourself at last FP ... welcome back

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I read recently, can't remember where, so if it was on here I apologise for duplication, but Hooky has an anecdote about this Factory gig where it all kicked off.

It was along the lines of him jumping into the crowd to have a go at this bloke who was attacking another guy at the front of the stage, it all got a bit messy and Hooky was battering this bloke when it suddenly dawned on him he was battering the bloke he had jumped in to save rather than the bloke who had been doing the attacking! Poor lad went home having been twatted from both sides!!
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Tim,

You read it in Torn Apart book, almost sure.

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That, and the fact that there had been a bad atmosphere hanging over the place all night, the evening had stared with a fight at the doors (if anyone can remember, the boys who ran the doors at the Russel we're huge, you'd have to be a right muppet to start anything) inside a few bottles we're getting tossed about with talk such as 'you lookin' at my bird' etc etc echoing around the walls, we had nights like that, sometimes it was all love and peace, other nights people wanted to rip everyone else's throat out, it's probably the same nowadays, though still very unusual for 'the talent' to get involved. [smile]

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