Control: The Legacy of Joy Division

Updated: April 5th, 2015

A few months ago, while browsing through feature films at the local library, I came across one entitled Control. Initially, the movie seems like a biopic about Joy Division, but quickly establishes itself as a portrayal of Ian Curtis, the band’s tragic lead singer.

While reading the synopsis, I developed a sense of dread.
At this point in the game, I only knew so much about the band.
I will list that prior knowledge below.

The Things I Knew About Joy Division:

-They existed sometime in the late 70s/early 80s range, certainly not the 90s
-The 4 songs I have heard, I really really love
-I like the way they dress. Very business casual
-The lead singer has a deep voice
-I have a poster of them on the wall that I like to look at
-Their music complements the film Donnie Darko perfectly
-The lead singer killed himself

The last point brings me to a state of hesitation. I had the unfortunate experience of discovering suicide first hand, and it’s not something I would recommend or typically volunteer to watch onscreen, as most filmmakers have no idea how to handle the material tastefully, if a tasteful depiction of suicide even exists. Knowing the film’s conclusion before it even started, a conflict arose between wanting to know more about the band, and not setting myself up to view disturbing content. Curiosity won the battle as usual, and thus I added Control to my overflowing stack of CDs and brought it home.

For nearly 12 weeks, Control sat next to the bed waiting to be watched. I couldn’t do it. Surprisingly, I was never in the mood to witness someone’s life disintegrate. I renewed the movie four times and incrued several dollars in late fees. (I now owe them roughly $89 for late CDs and won’t be visiting for some time). Finally, I just returned it.
A week later, still sitting on the library shelf…still waiting…I grabbed the DVD and forced myself to sit and watch for 2 hours, well beyond my usual 90-minute-time-limit for films. 92 minutes? Get the hell out of here.

As for the movie, I loved it. Completely.

Although this post got written in a day or two, the process took months.
Coming up with a topic is easy, but discovering what the post is about, at its core, can take forever.
Writer’s block, anxiety, lost sleep, procrastination…these things fuel any decent piece of writing, and I would not exchange them for anything……not even for a bag of tater tots…which would hit the spot about now.


Quick note: the post is a bit longer than usual, clocking in at around 2 hours of quality music. So, take your time, no need to rush, take a nap, eat some tots, revisit if necessary, the post won’t be deleted any time soon! It is a lot to absorb in one sitting.

A plethora of good music and information can be found on the next page.
You wouldn’t want to miss it.

I hope you enjoy reading about one of the most innovative bands in existence.

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