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DATE. STUDIO

Date: Friday 30 March–mid April 1979

Studio: Strawberry Studios – Stockport (UK)


 

TRACKS. NOTES

Autosuggestion
Duration: 6.06

Availability on record:
Earcom 2: Contradiction | Heart And Soul | Substance
Note: this
track was recorded initially as part of Unknown Pleasures, but was rejected and appeared later on Fast's Earcom 2: Contradiction

Candidate
Duration: 2.53

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Unknown Pleasures

Day of the lords
Duration: 4.40

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Permanent | Unknown Pleasures

Disorder
Duration: 3.24

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Unknown Pleasures

Exercise one
Duration: 3.04

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Still

From safety to where...?
Duration: 2.25

Availability on record:
Earcom 2: Contradiction | Heart And Soul | Substance
Note: this
track was recorded initially as part of Unknown Pleasures, but was rejected and appeared later on Fast's Earcom 2: Contradiction

Insight
Duration: 4.14

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Unknown Pleasures

Interzone
Duration: 2.12

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Unknown Pleasures

I remember nothing
Duration: 5.44

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Unknown Pleasures

New dawn fades
Duration: 4.44

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Unknown Pleasures

Shadowplay
Duration: 3.47

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Permanent | Unknown Pleasures

She's lost control
Duration: 3.50

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Permanent | Unknown Pleasures

The kill
Duration: 2.11

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Still
Note: an
eponymous demo version of this song was recorded on Monday 18 July 1977 and is included on some bootlegs. Only its title is the same; both the lyrics and the music are totally different

The only mistake
Duration: 4.15

Availability on record:
Atmosphere (FAC 213) | Heart And Soul | Permanent | Still

Walked in line
Duration: 2.45

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Still

Wilderness
Duration: 2.33

Availability on record:
Heart And Soul | Unknown Pleasures


 

DETAILS

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

Producer: Martin Hannett

Sound engineers: Martin Hannett | Chris Nagle

On Friday 30 March 1979, the same night this studio session started, the band played at the Youth Centre in London


 

STATISTICS

Number of tracks recorded: 16

Total duration of session: 58.47 minutes

Average track duration: 3.41 minutes

Other dates when the band recorded in this studio: Saturday 28 July–Saturday 4 August 1979 | March 1980


 

MEMORIES

To say Ian was impressed by Martin Hannett's work would be an understatement. He came home enthusing about the sampling of glass-smashing and hand-clapping. Hannett already had considerable experience recording unusual sounds and atmospheres, and his marvelous production of Joy Division's drums became an integral part of the music. His ability to translate their thoughts and needs into a coordinated work of art was the catalyst Joy Division badly needed
(Source: Deborah CurtisTouching from a distance)

Martin Hannett had arranged a special rehearsal rate for using off-peak hours at Strawberry Studios in Stockport
(Source: Mark Johnson – An Ideal for living)

Unknown Pleasures was recorded very live in five days. Strawberry was tiny but it was perfect. Like the lift noise on Insight. Martin just said, "Stick a mic on the shaft and wind the tape back a bit, hit record." And he said to Ian, "Get in the lift, go down, come back up and that'll do it." And it did. We used to record everything cos mistakes often turned these little tricks. There's a bit on there where we've got him lighting a match, and Martin just went, "Keep it." On I remember nothing, you've got Rob Gretton smashing cups where the bins used to be
(Source: Chris Nagle)