19789Wreck Joyless Division
- Aug 21, 2007wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3 ~ Amsterdam
Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: 379 [976*]: Wreck Joy Division
PTP in the ether: 88.3FM
Where purity & puerility are synonymous
streaming via internet:
2 Juli 2007 // 17.00-19.00
"life as it touches perfection / but hurts like anything else"
o Ian Curtis, "Isolation"
"A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist
state to supplant our democratic government
and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy"
o William Dodd, US Ambassador to Germany, 1936
Auto-Suggestion > Joy Division 
Atmosphere > Nau Ensemble 
Disorder > Joy Division 
Heart & Soul > Joy Division 
Candidate > Joy Division 
Transmission > Joy Division 
Atmosphere > Joy Division 
The Eternal > Joy Division 
The Eternal > Nau Ensemble 
Plateau > Susumu Yokota 
+ American Prayer 1-4 > Jim Morrison 
Secret Garden > Susumu Yokota 
New Dawn Fades > Joy Division 
I Can't See Your Face in My Mind > Doors 
Decades > Joy Division 
Decades > Nau Ensemble 
Wishful Sinful > Doors 
Komakino > Joy Division 
Ceremony > New Order 
Denial > New Order 
Everything's Gone Green > New Order 
Lux Aeterna > Nau Ensemble 
Temptation > New Order 
Love Will Tear Us Apart > Joy Division 
Love Will Tear Us Apart > The Swans 
Love Will Tear Us Apart > Nouvelle Vague 
 "Substance" on Qwest/Factory 1988. Reissue and outtakes. It shows
strength of composition but also the magic of the Martin Hannett
production of the issued versions.
 "The Eternal: Variations On Joy Division" on Elektra/WEA, 1999.
Composer and Conductor: Hans Ek leads Nau Ensemble & Coro di Belini
to a surprising interpretation that should please new classical and
goth fans both. Sounding modern and yet very gothic, very medieval
almost. Not muzak and not terribly po-mo like the Kronos Quartet. Not
covers but interpretations. Curtis actually seems to have a Gregorian
chant aspect to his voice. And it accents the magnificence of some of
their compositions. Liner notes: "The album is more of a free fantasy
based on the mood of Joy Division's music. The feeling is one of
swimming in a calm beautiful ocean, yet there is the clear
realization of a very strong untertow..."
 "Unknown Pleasures" on Factory vinyl, Factus 1. I bought into the
hype of the anti-hype of Factory Records mysterious withholding of
almost ALL [ir]relevant info regarding liner notes and details and
info - the strategy of Peter Saville. It smelled of something like a
stance, taking a stand against the Brit propensity to over-hype and
anti-hype became a style of hype. The greatness of some of the music
 "Closer" on Factory vinyl.
 "The Boy & the Tree" on his own Skintone label. I threw this
beautiful piece in as mood enhancer. No real direct relation. Great
music however. Thanks Black Sifichi for turning me on to this.
 "American Prayer" on. Ian Curtis was the Jim Morrison of the
late-70s. Come on, llisten to them next to each other and it is
obvious that Ian listened to plenty of Morrison growing up. Even the
Romantic Byronic lyrics resemble some of Morrison's.
 "Strange Days" on Elektra vinyl, 1967. 40 years ago!!!
 "The Soft Parade" Elektra vinyl, 1969. This is one of those
records that turned me on to [rock] poetry.
 "Ceremony" on Factory 45. Where we think we are hearing Ian
Curtis - it is written by JD - singing 'inside of me' or is he really
alluding like Van Morrison on a live album to 'sodomy'?
 "Movement" on Factory, Factus 50, vinyl, 1981.
 "Substance 1987" on Qwest vinyl. Dringdingdingding. That
wondrous hypnotic guitar that defined joyous amnesia.
 "Various Failures" on Young Gods Records. Gloom sounding mighty sexy.
 "Nouvelle Vague" on Peacefrog. One of my fave records of a year
or 2 ago. Wonderful, not silly, affecting interpretations of punk and
new wave classics. It both shows that there was some real song craft
in that period but also sometimes shows how over-wrought and silly
the lyrics were.
o There was a period in the early 1980s when things were turbulent in
matters of the heart and I was wallowing in deep emotions of grief at
breaking up with the girl friend I had come to NY with from Ann
Arbor. [This is a common affliction actually - yeah, heartbreak, but
also a couple who have been together for some time in a smaller place
where one's interests also tend to coalesce because of limited
opportunities to explore difference. Then they come to NY to make it,
or do something with their lives only to have the extremes of NY
drive a huge wedge of difference between them and eventual happiness.
o My novel Beer Mystic, now making early rounds of getting pushed
into publication [4th concerted effort] I recount how in times of
grief, of loss, of pain, heartbreak, blabla I often turned to singing
along with Joy Division's "Love" but also "Sweetest Girl" by Scritti
Polliti, but also Neil Young and Dylan's "Positively 4th Street",
among others. This stereo turned up pre-karaoke was to fortify me and
prevent more drastic expressions of Byronic tragic figure Young
Werther woe-is-me anguish and misery. Curtis went the way of Morrison
who went the way of many of the young poets from the Romantic era
o More than the Clash or Sex Pistols, JD managed to combine that
Romantic poet sense of world-weary tragedy with heightened
sexual/emotional feelings but also managed to combine precious lyrics
and emotions with an aggressive and cantankerous sound.
o The movie "24-Hour Party People" showed an Ian Curtis I probably
did not want to see. The guy was just a bad-nutritioned selfish
bastard with some hidden [until JD] deeper emotions. He seemed glum,
self-absorbed, humorless, petulant, and nothing like I would have
liked. But anyway, I present this because Tony Wilson just died
although NOT prior to this show - but anyway, rarely has such a
peripheral non musical person and unsuccessful businessman become so
lionized and honored. He was the real Romantic and his tragedy was
the failure of his enthusiasm and idealism to be converted into
business success but bands like JD et al. Probably owe a lot to him
for their eventual rise to fame. And then there is the new, very
highly lauded film by Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn called
"Control" about the life of Ian Curtis. Poems/lyrics/novels - escape
from Manchester and a teen marriage. Escape from dour landscape of
o The lag time of straight culture / normal people has certainly
shortened between inventive artists' work and their general
acceptance. It used to take centuries for tastes and ideas to be
accepted as something not dangerous or heretical. But it is amazing
that the early 1980's post-punk, disco-noise is NOW only being
reassessed and truly appreciated by a broader audience. This is
certainly true of JD. There are some 100 cover versions of "Love"
plus an incredible list of cover versions of the rest of their songs
o Both Joy Division [named after the cynical and nefarious Nazi dept.
that used concentration camp prisoners as prostitutes] and New Order
[the Third Reich but synchronistically also alluded to by Bush I, and
his New World Order, himself the offspring of an American Nazi], not
unlike the Dead Kennedys, had notorious names that were used for
shock value and some people's attempts to link them with neo-Nazi
sympathies were just engaging in a bit of shock journalism
themselves. I think deep down it referred to a gut-feeling of immense
disappointment in the hypocrisy of the 'adult' world. But never
o Why is this not a HUGE story in international media?
Bush's Grandfather Planned Fascist Coup In America: BBC, Tuesday, July 24, 2007
New investigation sheds light on clique of powerbrokers, including
Prescott Bush, who sought to overthrow U.S. government and implement
A BBC Radio 4 investigation sheds new light on a major subject that
has received little historical attention, the conspiracy on behalf of
a group of influential powerbrokers, led by Prescott Bush, to
overthrow FDR and implement a fascist dictatorship in the U.S. based
around the ideology of Mussolini and Hitler.
In 1933, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler was approached by a
wealthy and secretive group of industrialists and bankers, including
Prescott Bush the current president's grandfather, who asked him to
command a 500,000 strong rogue army of veterans that would help stage
a coup to topple then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. According
to the BBC, the plotters intended to impose a fascist takeover and
"Adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great
depression." The conspirators were operating under the umbrella of a
front group called the American Liberty League, which included many
families that are still household names today, including Heinz,
Colgate, Birds Eye and General Motors.
Butler played along with the clique to determine who was involved but
later blew the whistle and identified the ringleaders in testimony
given to the House Committee on un-American Activities. However, the
Committee refused to even question any of the individuals named by
Butler and his testimony was omitted from the record, leading to
charges that they were involved in covering the matter up, and the
majority of the media blackballed the story. General Smedley Butler,
author of the famous quote "war is a racket", exposed the fascist
plotters but was subsequently demonized and shunned by the government
and the media.
In 1936, William Dodd, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, wrote a letter
to President Roosevelt in which he stated, "A clique of U.S.
industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our
democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime
in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in
Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are
to the Nazi regime. ... A prominent executive of one of the largest
corporations, told me point blank that he would be ready to take
definite action to bring fascism into America if President Roosevelt
continued his progressive policies. Certain American industrialists
had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in
both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the
seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there. Propagandists
for fascist groups try to dismiss the fascist scare. We should be
aware of the symptoms. When industrialists ignore laws designed for
social and economic progress they will seek recourse to a fascist
state when the institutions of our government compel them to comply
with the provisions."
The proven record of Prescott Bush's involvement in financing the
Nazi war machine dovetails with the fact that he was part of a
criminal cabal that actively sought to impose a fascist coup in
America. Prescott did not succeed but many would argue that two
generations down the line the mission has all but been accomplished.
Click here to listen to the BBC Radio 4 investigation (6 min).
* This big total is the TOTAL number of ca. Shows I have done since
the beginning of time or 20 years ago at WFMU [NY], Radio Libertaire
[Paris], and Radio 100 & Radio Patapoe [Amsterdam].
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o Jonges v/d Vlakte [Boys from the Plains]: "De cottonpickin' Jongens
van de cottonpickin' Vlakte" play a piquant, illuminating, and
playfully irritating mix of faulty music, of near-misses, of obscure
failures, of world music that is not from this world 19.00-20.30
[Dutch time, subtract 1 hr for UK, subtract 6 hrs for US East Coast]
Mondays @ PTP
o Dr. Doo Wop is one of the most eccentric and stimulating radio
shows anywhere. Sartre, DeSade, Doo Wop and music from the gonads.
Now on Radio Patapoe on Sunday 17.00-18.00 Amsterdam time
o Solus: Minimal electro techno acid french hiphop / Thursdays 22.00
o Super Nova is a big potpourri of sounds influences and information
both local and elsewhere. Can you picture a sound? On Sundays
o Wildcat Radio: Anarchist organization presents radio as it should
be - in your ear. Saturdays 18.00-20.00.
o De Oktoskoop: Kinderen /kid /children /rugrats and other
visionaries. Sat. 11.30-13.30
o POLYPHAKE PLAPPERLAPAPP: "polyphone audioerosion featuring
occasional beatweirdniks in an plaperlappap assemblage hosted by
F.Fiasko 22:30-?? Wednesdays
o Radio Worm: Rotterdam-based radio collective presents inventive
programming to baffle all preconceptions. Midnight Sundays and in
o HET PROGRAMMA: industrial lounge for collapsing people. Tuesdays 21:00
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