First Night as a student at halls of residence.
Last Night of the Electric Circus, Manchester.
For the record the Electric Circus was as much a circus as Monty Python’s Flying one – i.e. not at all.
It seemed strange for me to be gate-crashing some town’s farewell party, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
On the bill, amongst others (I could easily go online and produce the line up verbatim, but I prefer to do this from memory – sometimes its more accurate!) were Buzzcocks headlining, Magazine’s first ever live performance – they did 3 songs including the classic Shot By Both Sides, and a cover of Beefheart’s I Love You, Big Dummy.
I was learning. Every minute that went by I was adding to my education. Throughout the evening, the DJ kept playing Holiday In The Sun – the new single by the Pistols – this added to the Electric atmosphere of the Electric Circus. Other bands that may or may not have been on the bill included The Fall, who were shortly to become my favourite band then, as now (as they supported Magazine’s first proper gig at Rafters a few week’s later) and a band called Warsaw.
Warsaw were soon to rename themselves – as Joy Division – and become arguably the most influential band of that period and to this day.
Liver Will Tear Us Apart
Following the suicide of lead singer, Ian Curtis, within a year or so, the band carried on and renamed themselves again – as New Order and achieve worldwide success.
Warsaw. Joy Division. New Order.
What’s it all about? What’s with the names? Why have they been able to stroll through the left-wing music press unhindered and unchallenged over this apparent obsession with the Nazi regime?
It’s always troubled me. I find it hard to listen to their music as a result. They can excuse themselves by saying it’s all down to art, or subversion, or whatever – it doesn’t wash – not with me.
Once may (I say “may”), twice – NO, that’s too many. But thrice? It’s an obsession.
And I, for one, think they should have been called to answer.
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