WE’VE LOST CONTROL: THE MUSIC OF JOY DIVISION

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December 11, 2012 by joesonotheque

Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar presents
WE’VE LOST CONTROL: THE MUSIC OF JOY DIVISION
Sunday, December 30 – 8PM-2AM – Free, No Cover
Featuring DJ Stan Wood
960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, Il. 60608 – 773.890.0588 – http://www.community-bar.com

From the Beatles to the Sex Pistols, the British landscape has produced some of Rock’s most influential and seminal bands that have altered the course of popular music in recognizable and subliminal ways. Forming quickly on the heals of the punk rock explosion, Manchester-based Joy Division set the tone and texture for the post-punk movement with its sparse and moody compositions that differed from the more violent in-your-face verbal attacks of bands like the Clash, the Damned and the Adverts. With the brooding baritone of lyricist and singer Ian Curtis as a focal point, Joy Division took the bleakness of Margaret Thatcher’s England from the invective rancor of the punks and internalized it into a cold and somber crisis of collapse, a loss of control.

The sparseness of the bands arrangements became more prominent with the immense contribution of producer Martin Hannett who transformed and influenced the band in the studio (somewhat like George Martin did for the Beatles) by creating a sonic environment in which he stated that he “dedicated himself to capturing and intensifying Joy Division’s eerie spatiality”. This sense of poetic foreboding was captured equally by in-house graphic designer Peter Saville of trendsetting Factory Records. This seamless integration of sound, texture and design was an important influence on other emerging artists including Bauhaus, the Cure, Interpol and even Throbbing Gristle.

To pay tribute to the unknown and known pleasures of Joy Division, Maria’s Package Goods & Community Bar is hosting WE’VE LOST CONTROL on Sunday, December 30. This transmission will be headed by local producer, musician Joy Division enthusiast DJ Stan Wood. Music will range from its earliest days with the 1978 release of “An Ideal for Living”, follow through its most productive period of 1979’s “Unknown Pleasures” and 1980’s “Closer” and finish with the bands later posthumous recordings, John Peel sessions and its rebirth as New Order after Ian Curtis’ suicide.

We will kick off the night at 8PM with a screening of the 2008 documentary “Joy Division” by director Grant Gee. Loaded with rare audio and visual material, like Joy Division’s aborted RCA sessions and manager Rob Gretton’s notes, Gee presents the definitive documentary of a timeless band. As another layer to the visual component, we will be screening the 2002 British film “24 Hour Party People” about Manchester’s popular music community from 1976 to 1992, and specifically about Factory Records as a backdrop during the DJ set.
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