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brynylon

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saw joy division at salford college of technology and at plank lane leigh also saw warsaw anybody else go to them gigs? Gig myself now as stand up comedian doing punk rock comedy.


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The Sheffield Gig was at the Top Rank (soon to re-open I'm told) and due to buses I missed the first half of JD's set (one of the biggest mistakes I made along with not seeing the Ruts before Mr Owen died). However the gig was great, Sound was superb, the Top Rank had a balcony area about 12" above the dance floor and the sound was always good up there. A friend of mine (Marcus) was luck enough to be at stage side during the performance and was taking B&W photos. I remember seeing them after he'd had them developed. I wish I'd kept in touch with him as I don't believe they have ever been published!

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saw them as support for the buzzcocks in manchester appolo 79.

awesome.
sound was realy well mixed.

when i saw the j.d film and it cut to the outside clip of the appolo and showed some of the performance from that gig,, fuck me thats real history,, met up  recently with m8 who went to gig and it was a real talking point,, still after 28 years.

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I would of loved to see them live, anyone who did, was very lucky.


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 I saw JD supporting the Buzzcocks at West Runton Pavilion, near Cromer on 7th Nov 1979. There were only about 100 people watching - everyone else was waiting for the Buzzcocks by the bar! The gig list on JD Central seems different from my memory - I'm sure they played Shadowplay, Transmission and She Lost Control as well. I was absolutely transfixed, I was shaking and had goosebumps while they played. I was about 2 metres from Ian - his dancing became more intense through the set and at the end/during She's Lost Control (I think) they had to carry him from the stage. We didn't know what was wrong at the time of course. I should have picked up the origiinal UP poster, there were some stuck on the pillars! The original t-shirts with the green UP logo were also on sale but I had no money left! Of course I bought UP that weekend and have been hooked ever since. Best band ever - they had a chemistry and hit a nerve live. An unforgettable experience! RIP Ian
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I'm only 17 (next month ) but I'll have to ask my moms boyfriend, hes as old as these guys (56 or 57') and hes from Sheffield so he was very close to them!
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T-shirts? Hooky assured us 5 years ago that there had never been official t-shirts. Not heard of any posters being displayed or any JD merchandise on sale at the Buzzcocks dates. Anyone pick any posters/shirts up?

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Hi TJ
I was at both of the Electric Ballroom gigs JD played in London, and at one of the gigs I bought an UP poster. I'm not sure whether it was the August or October gig, but i'm presuming it was the October gig which they played on a break from the Buzzcocks tour, so smiffy could well be right in saying there was merch on sale at West Runton.

I was 15 and booze held no interest for me (at the time), so I would hang around by the Better Badges stall at most gigs, between bands. This time it paid off because someone came along with a pile of these postes and I got in there straight away. They were gone in a couple of minutes and cost £1. I've seen what looks like the same poster for sale on eBay and Punkrockposters.net for a bit more than that now. Still got it, with pin holes and blu-tac stains in the corners. Never saw a T-shirt on sale at the time at any of the JD gigs I went to, I have to say.

I also saw the Rainbow gig with Buzzcocks (2nd night) and never saw any JD merchandise on sale there......gutted to think there may have been and missed out!

Still, that's just stuff. Seeing the greatest band ever, who influenced and informed me from that age was something I know I'm lucky to have had in my life.



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was at bowdon vale 1979 ,jd played a couple of times,so did lots of other up and coming bands,venue was always well attended,the owner of local record shop streets ahead promoted the bands,any one else around at the time

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Husband and wife Bob and Jane Jefferson, who also ran the (coincidentally) Streets Ahead Record label. 
To be honest I didn't much like Bowdon Vale as a venue, can't put my finger on why, cricking me neck whilst setting up some gig there might have something to do with it. I think we frightened the bejaysus out of some early punters when they walked into the bogs and witnessed me clutching the down pipe screaming whilst the van driver stood behind twisting me neck straight........ sounds like a scene from a Ben Stiller film. 

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I went as a 13 year old with my older brother to see Buzzcocks & Joy Division at the Rainbow on the penultimate gig of that tour. He was a big Buzzcocks fan but I was mesmorised by JD and have been ever since.

Unfortunately he wouldn't take me the following night as he wanted a night out in London with his mates as part of the trip. He was there early and what turned out to be Barney walked casually upto the entrance on his own eating a kitkat, when my brother asked him he said he was in the backing band and he tried to get my brother in backstage as he went in, but security blocked this. Very nice of him to try though.

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i was 19 at the paradiso gig.in fact,fisrt i was at the melkweg,get stoned!!!and,by chance,we decided to walk to the old church to see who played this night,and an english friend of mine (Angus) told me about joy division on tv,at the bbc.so,we where three teens at one of my first concerts.....
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Various memories of Joy Division live.

Ian's dancing has to be the first memory.  We had never seen anything like it! 

The bassline to She's Lost Control. Kinda sticks with you that one.  Same for the chorus for Ice Age.

Bernard had the same type of guitar as a friend of mine.

The fact they they quickly gathered a crowd of dedicated fans who would turn up to all their gigs at Eric's. 

Trying to collect all the badges - there seemed to be loads, all with a slightly different logo.  I wonder where these came from/who made them?

The crowd for their Futurama appearance (the last time I saw them) being huge and not being able to get near them for the first time.

I also remember them getting the lead review for Unknown Pleasures in the NME and thinking that the world had al last caught on - 6 months was a long time in those days!

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Was talking to a guy on a boat in Cyprus last week, who commented on my t-shirt and we started chatting music. Turned out he had seen JD several times, at Eric's in Aug 79 and Dec 79, The Factory 11/4/80 and the New Osborne in Feb 80, plus Bury 8/4/80, where he was adamant that the 'riot' hadn't been anything like as bad as legend would have you believe. Best one he said was the Factory April 80, glowing set plus Atrocity as the encore. Talked about the Erics shows, and he sort of corroborated the evening setlist by saying that Ian had to go offstage and they carried on without him for a couple of songs then he came back on. Couldn't remember much about the December 79 gig other than that there were several songs he didn't know in the set.
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Forgot to say - the New Osborne gig apparently consisted of all new stuff besides the encore of Transmission and Atrocity Exhibition (which in itself was new but not). Gig review on JDC says that they would have played Decades - more likely to have been The Eternal as they hadn't written Decades at this stage, it was written in the studio. 
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