The track was named this week as UK music mag NME's choice as the best thing released in the last 60 years, and Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook have been sharing their memories both of the track and of their former bandmate Ian Curtis, who committed suicide a few weeks after the song's release.
Band drummer Morris said: "when you listen to it in light of what happened, it seems bloody obvious. I honestly didn't realise that he was writing about himself".
Bernard Sumner echoed this sentiment, saying "Ian had two faces – the public face for the band and the private troubles he had at home and the way they came out through his lyrics".
Bassist Peter Hook, who has been performing the band's back catalogue on tour recently, said of the track "It still sends a shiver down my spine...It masquerades as this cute little pop song, which is one of its delightful ironies".
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Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band primarily consisted of Ian Curtis (vocals and occasional guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboards), Peter Hook (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Stephen Morris (drums and percussion). Joy Division rapidly evolved from their initial punk rock influences to develop a sound...
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