The other night while DJing I happened to play "Keep On Keeping On"—a killer mid-tempo soul jam by N.F. Porter aka Nolan. Well as the song was played a friend strolled up and asked what we were listening to as he'd "never heard the original" before. Turns out, he knew the riff because it had also been used as the basis for the Joy Division song, "Interzone." WUT? It'd been a long while since I'd listened to JD and I couldn't recall their song, so the next day he connected me to this 2010 A Tune For Todaypost which explains how JD met the song "Keep On Keeping On."
...there was a moment (in the documentary Joy Division) where the band described their attempts to get signed to a major label. The daftest moment was when some A&R guy from RCA tries to mould them into a soul band by making them play Nolan Porter's song "Keep On Keeping On," a song which around this time was a popular song in Northern Soul circles. Bernard Sumner said the results were ridiculous as they tried to make Ian Curtis sound like James Brown.
Can y'all IMAGINE if Joy Division had chosen to ride the soul train? WHOA. I reckon the goth/d-rock/bat cave dance styles would'a been way more interesting. Anyways, so tho' JD obviously didn't get turned into a soul band, but they did nick the riff from the Nolan song.