Thirty years ago, on May 18, 1980, radio DJ John Peel announced, Bad news, lads. Ian Curtis of Joy Division has just died. Curtis, just 23 years old, hanged himself in his kitchen, days before beginning a U.S. tour with the Buzzcocks. Months later, the bands posthumously released Love Will Tear Us Apart topped UK charts, and its bass-driven minimalism still resonates in music du jour.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Curtiss death, his former bandmate, bassist Pete Hook, will perform their entire debut album, Unknown Pleasures, and air previously unseen concert footage at the former Factory Records building in Manchester, England. Sounds. Freaking. Awesome. But we live in Miami, not Manchester, so well have to settle for Control: A Tribute to Ian Curtis at our English-style watering hole, Churchills Pub.
Controls promoter, Ian Michael, says hes been an Ian Curtis devotee ever since he heard him choke out 3,5,0,1,2,5 GO! on Warsaw. This Tuesday, he has booked local artists Daysleeper, Xela Zaid, DJ Draculas Daughter, DJ Nayra, and Armada!, who share his adoration for the postpunk poet and for Joy Divisions bleak, brooding beauty.
Tue., May 18, 8 p.m., 2010