Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Today marks what would have been Ian Curtis' 52nd Birthday. For all of you who do not know, Ian was the vocalist in the very influential post punk band called JOY DIVISION. Their 1978 LP UNKNOWN PLEASURES (produced by Martin Hannett) was pretty much the watershed for a sound that would give birth to the GOTH movement, and inspired everyone from BAUHAUS to NINE INCH NAILS, and even up to present day KILLERS. Ian unfortunately hung himself on the eve of the band's first U.S. tour, and the heartbroken surviving members regrouped later as NEW ORDER to enjoy a long and fruitful career as an 80's danceband. Poor Ian suffered from fits of epilepsy, sometimes onstage, which wasn't helped at all by alcohol abuse and mind-crushing depression.
He had a wife and a child, and tried in vain to balance family life with the fact that he had started an intense affair with a French Journalist. Supposedly, his wife caught wind of his indescretions and left him- so he did what any worthwhile goth-rocker would do; on May 18th, 1980, he threw on an IGGY POP record and hung himself by the neck until death-God rest his soul. Famous photographer Anton Corbijn made his film directorial debut last year with a Curtis Biopic called CONTROL, which is universally recommended for any audiophile. Earlier this year some Manchester folks successfully stole his headstone that bore the epitaph "Love Will Tear Us Apart" the group's last and biggest hit. Poor Sod, can't even win in death...
...And what would ol' Ian do today if he were still alive? Why he would be desperately clawing at the inside of his coffin trying to get out before he suffocated to fucking death.



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