May 18th, 2006

One Tree Hill

Behind his eyes he says "I still exist".

Twenty-six years ago today ...

18 May 1980, Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division, hung himself. Over the last year, I have become familiar with Joy Division's music and grown to appreciate it immensely, so today, I feel it is only appropriate to honour the memory of Ian Curtis. Joy Division was a unique band, the kind whose sound is timeless and defies categorisation. Bass-driven post-punk proto-goth-rock bleak, dark, atmospheric baritone rock, perhaps? Ian Curtis's haunting baritone vocals define the Joy Division sound and gave him a powerful sound well beyond his years (he died at age 23), and death metal musicians wish they could write lyrics as dark as Curtis's.

To mark the occasion, I made a bit of a musical compilation of songs by some of my favourite bands that I think are appropriate in one way or another. It has definitely made for powerful listening this evening and I'll share the tracklisting. I was thinking of uploading it, but then I didn't - especially because I'd have to edit Temporary Peace. So if you have the songs, enjoy; if you don't, maybe later.

'Til The Spirit, New Sensation Takes Hold: A Tribute To Ian Curtis

1. Anathema - Electricity
2. Anathema - Temporary Peace
3. Crowded House - Better Be Home Soon
4. Porcupine Tree - Collapse The Light Into Earth
5. Dream Theater - To Live Forever
6. Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever
7. Porcupine Tree - Lazarus
8. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
9. Pink Floyd - Sorrow
10. U2 - 11 O'clock Tick Tock
11. Agalloch - ...And The Great Cold Death Of The Earth
12. Joy Division - Atrocity Exhibition
13. Joy Division - She's Lost Control
14. Joy Division - Disorder
15. Joy Division - Digital
16. New Order - Dreams Never End

RIP Ian Curtis. The world of music is forever in your debt.