Peter Hook will tell the inside story of Joy Division in a new book which is due to be published later this year.
Debut albums. Get them right, and their impact can change the world. Some mark the starting point for even greater things to come, others make such a lasting impression their legacy becomes an almost unbearable burden on the shoulders of its creators.
Many bands have got it very right on their first attempt; defining eras, inspiring generations, or simply becoming cult classics for an instantly dedicated fanbase. Here, we’ve sorted through the long-list of enduringly classic debuts to present 25 of our own essentials, all of which have left an indelible mark on the musical landscape.
When you’ve been through our rundown, leave a comment below letting us know which debuts you keep going back to time after time, and which records not included on our list you feel deserve a mention.
Former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook has said Disney’s new Mickey Mouse t-shirt, which takes its design from his former band’s ‘Unknown Pleasures‘ era artwork, is ‘quite a compliment’, but has also admitted the merchandise represents a grey area legally.
Former New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook has unveiled a series of UK dates for next year after a string of shows in the UK and Europe during 2011.
One man’s love and dedication for the iconic record label Factory Records has resulted in, for perhaps the first time ever, the full Factory collection being brought together in one place, reports Carl Stanley.
Colin Gibbins, of Blackley, Manchester, has put his life into collecting the Factory discography, whether it be a rare 12″, tape or poster, and with all of Factory’s output being given its own, unique catalog number, every poster, flexi-disc and video tape ever released has had to be found in order to complete the collection.
In the last ten years The Cribs have come a long way from their roots in the Merrie City. They developed as musicians and as people in the north of England, finding their feet in an old abandoned mill – an unofficial venue where they would also put on a whole camaraderie of chancers with a dream. A decade on and the brothers Grimm (famed as Jarman) return to the smaller stages again for the first time since the departure of The Smiths‘ guitarist Johnny Marr. Bassist and singer Gary Jarman takes time before the first show in almost a year to talk about the band’s humble beginnings.
It seemed that the synthesized indie rock of the mid 00’s had been labeled another short-lived fad. So it is surprising that an electro-fuelled outfit like White Lies, who only entered the mainstream in 2009, have already shifted a million copies of their debut, ‘To Lose My Life…‘. Their second offering, ‘Ritual‘ (released on January 17th) will likely appeal to the majority who fell for their first, but don’t expect any nice surprises.
Okay, there was a piss poor turn out and frost on the steps, but Under the Influence certainly provided a mixed bag of music. Of the fifty or so people shivering in the loft most were getting their free shots from the bar, rather than watching the acts on stage.
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