5. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

My first rock instrument was the bass guitar and because of that i loved The Stranglers and Joy Division. I bought into the melodic bass and hollow eyed aggression of Joy Division before i did the existential angst (that came later!).

The icy atmosphere and alien sounds where not just an artistic statement to my young self it also sounded like i’d chanced on a strange radio frequency and that listening to it was somewhat taboo. ‘New Dawn Fades’ is still to this day one of my most played songs of all time.




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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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