The rumbling controversy over the Disney Joy Division T shirt continues.
Ex Joy Division and current New Order drummer, Stephen Morris has hit out at the shirt that Disney claims was ‘inspired’ by the band’s classic Unknown Pleasures album artwork.
“I was quite angry when I first saw it. No one asked us. They’re trading off the band and our album cover, but get away with it by apparently saying the design was ”Ëinspired’ by us. I don’t like the design at all. It’s horrible. I can’t imagine any Joy Division fans wearing it. Or anyone for that matter. Clearly, no one investigated the history of the band before coming up with this idea. It’s bizarre.” said Morris.
The sleeve design which was found by band guitarist bernard Sumner in a book, the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy, showing radio telescope pulses from a star in Manchester and library and given to designer Peter Saville to finish has been turned into a Micky ouse by the Disney corporation. It looks oddly sinister and works in a way that Disney probably never intended- like some sort of dark comment on the sinister Disney corporation.
It’s just the latest ina long line of corporate companies stealing music culture for their own ends. all those Motorhead T shirts worn by fake suntan, wine bar types don’t earn Lemmy a penny and remember all those CBGB’s and Ramones t shirts?