The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #431

Joy Division


erik hogstrom said...

I wonder how much of their music can be attributed to their surroundings.

Tom Sutpen said...

I'd say whatever you can't attribute to Ian Curtis's demons you can safely attribute to their surroundings (from what I've read, Manchester was particularly dreary in those days)

Richard Gibson said...

There is a very funny line in the film 'Control' where the character Annik asks, rather enthuses; "Tell me about Macclesfield", almost everyone in the audience burst out laughing at this point. From what I have seen of the place it's just rather non-descript and a lot more small satellite town than the once mighty Industrial, urban and inner-city Manchester itself.