Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What If... Joy Division Had Been Turned Into a Soul Band?

Posted by on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 7:01 AM

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 Today post 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.


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--MC 1
"GET UP OFFA THAT THING" (does the Dead Fly)
Posted by --MC on August 20, 2014 at 7:17 AM · Report this

Was it around the Soft Cell era?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on August 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM · Report this
nipper 3
@2 it was sometime in 1978, I think the idea was they played along with the A&R guy in exchange for studio time. I do however like to imagine them covering "Dance to Keep From Crying" and "I Wish It Would Rain"...or even Irma Thomas' "I Wish Someone Would Care."
Posted by nipper on August 20, 2014 at 11:30 PM · Report this

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