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Ian Curtis: Disorders, Transmissions & A Writers Relationship - Simon Tucker

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Ian Curtis: Disorders, Transmissions & A Writers Relationship - Simon Tucker
On the 18th May it will be 40 years since Ian Curtis, lead singer and lyricist with the seminal band Joy Division, sadly took his own life in his family home at the age of 23. To mark the occasion writer Simon Tucker tells us about his relationship with Curtis’ words and the music of Joy Division.

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Albums That Shaped Me: 5. Instant Automatons - Radio Silence (The Art of Human Error) Cassette

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Albums That Shaped Me: 5. Instant Automatons - Radio Silence (The Art of Human Error) Cassette

Backtracking a little for this post. While I was feeling my way tentatively into the world of punk rock I met two people who are still friends and who had a large influence on me. I can’t quite remember how I came to meet Dean Poole and Mike Jones but I’m guessing it would have been through the loose affiliation of punky types that lived in the Penarth/Dinas Powys area. There were a few bands about at the time that we would have congregated together to see in some village hall or scout hut. Bands such as Ridicule, Rancid (not...

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Albums That Shaped Me: 4. The Mob - Let The Tribe Increase

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Albums That Shaped Me: 4. The Mob - Let The Tribe Increase

By way of continuation from my previous post - after the censorship of ‘Reality Asylum’ by the pressing plant on ‘Feeding the 5000’ Crass decided to start their own label Crass Records, so that they would have complete control over their own output and also to allow them to create a platform enabling other artists to release music, people who were coming from a similar place ideologically. They also took profit out of the equation and all Crass records releases were tagged with ‘Pay No More Than’ making them more affordable. There were a number of great releases on the...

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Albums That Shaped Me: 3. Crass - Feeding The 5000

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Albums That Shaped Me: 3. Crass - Feeding The 5000

It was sometime in 1979 - I’d been to see a Welsh rugby match with my dad and we’d called into Virgin Records which used to be located opposite the castle in Cardiff. My dad would most likely have been browsing for something by Bob Seger, Rolling Stones or his favourite artist Rod Stewart. Our musical tastes did occasionally collide much to my teenage embarrassment - one of my first vinyl purchases was going ‘halves’ with my dad to buy ‘Dance Away’ by Roxy Music. We also shared a fondness for The Pretenders...I’ve often wondered since if he had the...

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Albums That Shaped Me: 2. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

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Albums That Shaped Me: 2. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

As I’ve thought more about my own remit ie. the notion of an album ‘shaping’ you - implying it’s not just about the music necessarily, it’s more about the effect an album had on you as a person I can see that a lot of these choices will be from my youth as that’s when most ‘shaping’ occurs. I am hoping for a few late entries though. Ziggy Stardust is not my favourite Bowie album - that accolade goes to Diamond Dogs, with its Burroughs indebted dystopian lyrics and music that bridges glam rock and funk/soul. But it was the...

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