THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Joy Division – “Shadowplay”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Joy Division – “Shadowplay”.

As the assassins all grouped in four lines dancing on the floor…

“This was the song that Barney wanted to sound like “The Ocean” by Velvet Underground. Again, the lyric doesn’t repeat until the end and it has no chorus, which is something that I think Ian was very, very good at – the way he played with the structure of the lyrics but without ever losing what it was about the song that makes it strong. You don’t listen to it and think, “Ah, what an interesting lyrical structure”. But it’s all in the song. His love of art was showing here. The way he wanted to slightly subvert the normal conventions of rock and pop.”

Peter Hook in “Unknown Pleasures – Inside Joy Division”.

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