Primitive is the closing track on Killing Joke‘s eponymous debut LP (and a masterpiece), and it is among my favourite Killing Joke tracks.
The song is primal in its simplicity and it conjures up that dystopian, post-punk soundscape to perfection. It is bleak.
And then this track came up again recently – “Helmet”, normally known for far heavier fare, covering Primitive, and when I revisited it is was excellent to find it was just as good as I remember it…
Not typical Gods and Alcoves fare, but the gig was such an important one that this is definitely worth a mention.
I swear that I was there…
This is a BBC tv show called I swear that I was there. This episode featured the Sex Pistols Manchester concert from 6-4-1976. Lots of interviews from people that were there and some rare footage.
Now this is really interesting… FIDLAR from Los Angeles give us a guitar-drenched cover of Nick Cave’s classic “Red Right Hand”, entitled “Red Right Hand (Nick Cage)”, whose face adorns the audio player on their site.
In truth, this song has been overplayed and for me has lost its sheen, but this cover is right on the money. FIDLAR strip the song back to the bones and deliver a pysch/rock/shoegaze masterpiece. Below is a fantastic live version on Triple J (Where it was submitted as part of the “Like a Version” competition) and also a really raw studio version (with added mad piano). On the whole, I think I like the live version better.
Peter Hook interview about taking the first two New Order LPs on tour.
In The Light, your son, Jack, is playing bass. In New Order’s current line-up Tom Chapman is playing your parts. How is it that the music of New Order is being played live around the world and you are not playing your signature bass hooks?
Yes it is certainly a very funny situation isn’t it! The good thing about this set though is that I do get to play a lot more bass, the music allows me to play much more than it did for the Joy Division sets that we did, which is nice. I suppose I should be flattered really that my bass lines are getting such airplay at the moment even if it isn’t me that’s playing the majority of them.
6 Things Every One Direction Fan Needs To Know About Joy Division
When we saw One Direction member Louis Tomlinson wearing a Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart” T-shirt at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday, we couldn’t help but give him a little side-eye action. Have Joy Division joined Ramones as the go-to T-shirt to express how edgy and rebellious you are?