I've entered into something here -I only wanted to clarify what I remember about the gig as there appears to be confusion as to the actual date of a gig Joy Division did at the Band on the Wall 1978.
What I do remember is that they played in early September 78 but although I was going to go, I pulled out as I was due to start the sixth form the day after & wanted to sort myself out for that one. However I did hear a couple of weeks later that they were to play again at the BOTW with A Certain Ratio ; now the date I believe this gig happened was on a Tuesday night, 25 September 1978, and was arranged by the Manchester Musicians Collective.
There were 3 bands on that night - first up, Alien Tint, who did a good set with a couple of good songs in particular, "Propanganda blues" & "Survivor Subscriber" - they also featured a young Martin Moscrop.
Next, A Certain Ratio, with Si Topping & Pete Terrell - wierd songs, but they had only started a few months before.
Finally , Joy Division - amongst the numbers I do remember hearing were "Ice Age" & "Transmission" -me & my mate didn't know the true title and called it "dance dance dance to the radio" when we discussed it on the way home for the all-night bus. Ian Curtis knocked a chair over when he was dancing to it as well, and it was a shock seeing him dance for the first time.
Can anybody clarify & confirm this gig?? It's not for me or my benefit as I have only got this involved due to all the uncertainty re it - please, if can confirm details, let the whole site know - Marko, is this alright???
The next time I saw A Certain Ratio, I was talking to Si Topping and he told me that Martin had joined - and there he was in his grey suit & side parting, on guitar. The rest...... is Manchester History!!!!!