6 May 2008
Great Lives: Ian Curtis 
BBC Radio 4's Great Lives today saw poet Simon Armitage and Peter Hook join Matthew Parris to discuss the all-too-brief life of Ian Curtis.

While mainly from Simon Armitage's viewpoint, Hook's insights, even after all of these years, are among the most interesting and forthright he's given.

It also features part of a previously unreleased (& unheard) Malcolm McLaren-project version of Love Will Tear Us Apart, with just Ian's vocals accompanied by a piano. The track appears 11m 44s in.

And there's a snippet of an archive Radio 1 interview with Steve Morris and Ian.

The programme is available to Listen Again and is also downloadable as a podcast.

With thanks to Neil for spotting.



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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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