Remembering Ian Curtis (1956-1980)

I meant to write this yesterday, on the actual date (May 18th) that Ian Curtis died. But I have the bloody flu at the moment and that leaves me with, well no energy at all. So it’s a day later, I present you this blogpost on one of my heroes.

Perhaps a bit strange, because I’ve never seen the person alive. I was born in ’92, so I never had the chance to see Ian Curtis perform live and that’s something I wanted to see if I was alive back then.
Ian Curtis was the leadsinger of the band Joy Division. It doesn’t strike me as odd, if you don’t know the band, but it symbolizes different things for me.

The name Joy Division is ironic. Just like the song from the wombats says: ‘Let’s dance to Joy Division and celebrate the irony’. The Joy Division were groups of jewish women in Nazi concentration camps, for the sole purpose of sexual pleasure for the German officers. Hence the irony.

The music of Joy Division is not something to take lightly I guess, it’s a bit dark. But somehow it all meant a great deal to me. It’s an unique sound and I don’t know, it seems pretty forward. The way they describe being in a rut, unemployed and coming from Macclesfield. Well yeah, it was the truth and it had to be put out there.

The reason he’s a hero to me is that he way unhappy with the way life was in Macclesfield or in the suburbs of manchester and he started to out his feelings. Though his words are cynical and mostly depressing, I think it’s good for young people to let the older generations know what their passions are and unhappiness is.

Ian Curtis was famous for his dancemoves, although there was always the question wether it was his eccentric dancemoves or his epileptic attacks taking over. Ether way, this lead to the trademark dance from Curtis, that we now know all.

Curtis took his own life in 1980, only 24 in age. Joy Division had only made 2 albums. If you want to know more about the life of Curtis, I recommend watching the film Control (2007).


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