An old film rescued from a VHS and recently uploaded to the Internet reruns one of the first performances of the legendary band Joy Division and The Buzzcocks at the Apollo Theater in Manchester, England in 1979, one of the most repudiated performances by the quartet led by Ian Curtis.
In the 2007 biographical film Control, director Anton Corbijn took the opportunity to insert a nod to the rumor that Joy Division, as a band, deeply hated everything about The Buzzcocks.
The reality is that Joy Division would not have become what it was if they had not accepted the proposal to go on tour with them in 79, the year in which the band reached the media lights after cursing The Buzzcocks on stage at root of the mistreatment and differences with the authors of Unknown Pleasures.
Why was it so bad for Joy Division to go on tour with that band?
Let’s start with the fact that he paid them 1.50 euros a day, something like less than 10 bolivianos a day with which the band had to decide if they would eat or if they had a beer, while The Buzzcocks ate succulent steaks of meat and elegant lobsters. during the tour.
And although yes, that tour was what propelled Joy Division to fame and yes, sending the band to hell was something that turned many heads to get their attention, not everything was honey on flakes because rumor has it that in That show at Manchester’s Apollo Theater, the differences between the two projects were so great that The Buzzcocks cut Ian and co’s show from an hour to just 32 minutes to begin with.
For many it might seem obvious, but it is still worth mentioning, obviously the idea of making soundcheck was completely denied and Joy Division got on to play blind, without monitors and with just one line-check that was poorly achieved and accommodated during the set. .
The result of that concert was a run-down show that went down in history as one of the strangest and worst performed in the band’s history. But thanks to the journalist Paul H, he offered a contrast in the then-“press favorites” (referring to Joy Division), which after that concert were seen in a more human and beloved way by newspapers, magazines, stations. radio and public.