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TITLE. LYRICS

Concert version

Transmission

Radio, live transmission

Listen to the silence, let it ring on
Eyes, dark grey lenses, frightened of the sun
We would have a fine time living in the night
Left to blind destruction, waiting for our sight

We would go on as though nothing was wrong
And hide from
these days we remained all alone
Staying in the same place, staying out the time
Touching
from a distance, further all the time
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio

I would go on as though nothing was wrong
Hide from
these days where resistance was long
And in the same place, well there is no time
Here to devalue, who will decide?
And we could dance
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio


 

ALTERNATE LYRICS

Earlier studio version | Later studio versions | Peel Session version | TV version


 

DETAILS

Line-up: Ian Curtis | Peter Hook | Stephen Morris | Bernard Sumner


 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Deborah Curtis took a sentence of this song to entitle her book, Touching from a distance


 

LIVE RECORDINGS. NOTES

Studio recordings | TV recording

Date: Saturday 20 May 1978 (soundcheck)
Venue: Mayflower Club Manchester (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Saturday 20 May 1978
Venue: Mayflower Club Manchester (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Wednesday 14 March 1979
Venue: Bowdon Vale Youth Club Altrincham (UK)
Duration: 3.16

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Date: Sunday 17 June 1979
Venue: Royalty Theatre London (Holborn) (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Saturday 23 June 1979
Venue: Free Trade Hall Manchester (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Wednesday 11 July 1979
Venue: Roots Club Leeds (UK)
Duration: 3.15

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Date: Friday 13 July 1979
Venue: Russel Club Manchester (UK)
Duration: 3.44

Availability on record: Atmosphere (FAC 213) | Love Will Tear Us Apart (1995)

Date: Friday 27 July 1979
Venue: Imperial Hotel Blackpool (UK)
Duration: 3.13

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Date: Thursday 2 August 1979
Venue: Prince of Wales Conference Centre London (Tottenham) (UK)
Duration: 3.11

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Date: Wednesday 8 August 1979
Venue: Romulus Club Birmingham (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Saturday 11 August 1979 (afternoon)
Venue: Eric's Liverpool (UK)
Duration: 3.12

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Date: Saturday 11 August 1979 (evening)
Venue: Eric's Liverpool (UK)
Duration: 3.11

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Note: after this song,
Ian Curtis had some sort of a fit and left the stage until the encore (the rest of the band played two numbers without him)

Date: Monday 27 August 1979
Venue: Rock & Music Festival Leigh (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Friday 31 August 1979
Venue: Electric Ballroom London (Camden) (UK)
Duration: 3.24

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Date: Saturday 8 September 1979
Venue: Queens Hall (Futurama) Leeds (UK)
Duration: 3.20

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Date: Saturday 22 September 1979
Venue: Nashville Rooms London (Earls Court) (UK)
Duration: 3.17

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Date: Friday 28 September 1979
Venue: Russel Club Manchester (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Tuesday 2 October 1979
Venue: Mountford Hall (University) Liverpool (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Thursday 4 October 1979
Venue: City Hall Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
Duration: 3.22

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Date: Saturday 6 October 1979
Venue: Odeon Edinburgh (Scotland) (UK)
Duration: 3.00
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Date: Tuesday 16 October 1979
Venue: Plan K Brussels (Belgium)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Friday 26 October 1979
Venue: Electric Ballroom London (Camden) (UK)
Duration: 3.18

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Date: Sunday 27 October 1979
Venue: Apollo Theatre Manchester (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Sunday 28 October 1979
Venue: Apollo Theatre Manchester (UK)
Duration: 3.06

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Availability on video: Here Are The Young Men

Date: Friday 2 November 1979
Venue: Winter Gardens Bournemouth (UK)
Duration: 3.14

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Date: Friday 9 November 1979
Venue: Rainbow Theatre London (Finsbury Park) (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Tuesday 18 December 1979
Venue: Bains-Douches Paris (France)
Duration: 3.19

Availability on record: Fractured Box | Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979 | Refractured Box One

Date: Friday 11 January 1980
Venue: Paradiso Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Duration: 3.10

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Date: Monday 14 January 1980
Venue: King Kong Antwerp (Belgium)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Tuesday 15 January 1980
Venue: Basement Cologne (Germany)
Duration: 3.07

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Date: Friday 17 January 1980
Venue: Plan K Brussels (Belgium)
Duration: 3.16

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Date: Friday 18 January 1980
Venue: Effenaar Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Duration: 3.05

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Date: Monday 21 January 1980
Venue: Kant Kino Berlin (Germany)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Thursday 28 February 1980
Venue: Warehouse Preston (UK)
Duration: 3.12

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Fractured Box | Preston 28 February 1980 | Refractured Box One

Date: Wednesday 2 April 1980
Venue: Moonlight Club London (West Hampstead) (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Friday 4 April 1980
Venue: Moonlight Club London (West Hampstead) (UK)
Duration: unknown

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Date: Saturday 19 April 1980
Venue: Ajanta Theatre Derby (UK)
Duration: 3.14

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Date: Friday 2 May 1980
Venue: High Hall (University) Birmingham (UK)
Duration: 3.40

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Still