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Joy Division’s Gigs in Liverpool.

Joy Division’s Gigs in Liverpool.

Above Photo: Joy Division.

Towards the end of 1979, I’d been to see so many Punk and New Wave bands play at Eric’s Punk club in Mathew Street, Liverpool, that I was obviously suffering from gig fatigue.

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An extract about the Joy Division gig in August, from Bombed Out!

A few other things were going on in my life by then, as I detail in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! However, one band that still galvanized me, and had done every time I’d seen them (and I saw them a lot in Liverpool in 1978-1979), was Manchester band Joy Division.

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Ian Curtis onstage.

Joy Division had a massive following in Liverpool, where they had shared some important band milestones. They’d played their first ever gig under the original name of ‘Warsaw’ at Eric’s in August 1977 (supporting X-Ray Spex) and their final ever gig under that name on December 31st 1977 in another Liverpool Punk club called The Swinging Apple on Wood Street.

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Joy Division rehearsing in a Manchester warehouse. (Kevin Cummins)

They also played their first ever gig under the name ‘Joy Division’ in Liverpool – at Eric’s – and played many other gigs in Liverpool between 1978 and 1979.

They were immense live. Mesmeric in fact, and I always felt galvanized – even envious – when I saw them play. For me, they were a band to be musically aspired to.

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Ian Curtis.

So when they played two gigs in Eric’s on August 11 1979, I went to both (a matinee and evening performance – I was getting in for free), and they were outstanding.

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I was pleased to recently discover this You Tube link to one of their songs, New Dawn Fades, which was recorded in the club that night.

It’s a great song, a great version, and hearing Ian Curtis’s voice again, as I would have also heard it that night, gave me a moment of great regret for the loss of a brilliant singer and songwriter, still sadly missed.

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