A few years ago, the cover was the subject of a four-minute documentary, Data Visualization Reinterpreted: The Story of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” Album Design, in which graphic designer Peter Saville ruminated on the cover and pulsars (a star that emits repeating series of radio waves similar to a lighthouse beam). The front cover doesn’t feature any words, only a … Send us a tip using our anonymous form. Me and Barney [Bernard Sumner] hated it. Anyway, sounds phenomenal, glad I got this instead of the new reissue. I bought an album, and a poster too, for no particular reason, except that it’s my image, and I ought to have a copy of it.". A 40th anniversary edition of the album replicates the original white cover idea: New Releases. The original Unknown Pleasures t-shirt remains a well-worn emblem of indie cool, and the album’s Instagram hashtag dutifully celebrates sightings of the cover art in the wild. One of the images I found was the Unknown Pleasures image that clicked with me straight away. Sounds great for what it is. The stark white-on-black line drawing conjures up so much mystery. A few years ago, the cover was the subject of a four-minute documentary, Data Visualization Reinterpreted: The Story of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” Album … What did the enigmatic waveform symbolise? Back in the pre-internet days, information about Joy Division was sparse: the band’s names did not appear on the record and there was no way any photos of the musicians would appear on a sleeve. I got the record home and put it on only to hear that it was absolutely shit. The Joy Division lads were a bit rubbish at covers, so their mangled take on Keep On Keepin’ On eventually turned into their own song, Interzone. Originally named CP 1919, the pulsar was discovered in November 1967 by student Jocelyn Bell Burnell and her supervisor Antony Hewish at Cambridge University. Some user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. But how did this piece of head-scratching astronomy end up on the cover of a debut album by a Manchester post-punk indie band? I was building synthesisers - they took months to build, soldering all the components, and I’d have 2001: A Space Odyssey playing in the background. On Central, the first print was black, but in the runout, it said "This is the way" and "Step", not "porky prime cut" and the vinyl is black. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. He told Maxim in 2015: “On my lunch break, I'd go to the Manchester Central Library, and get a sandwich at the cafe. Classic Blink 182 mashed-up with Vanessa Carlton is pure, Miley Cyrus covered The Cranberries' Zombie and the band, The truth about Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and, Peter Hook on the first time Joy Division played. I was initially listening on a cheap Crosley player, and it skipped all up the disc. ... About “Unknown Pleasures” One of the finest post-punk albums ever crafted. The rest of the tracks were either unfinished or unmixed and the band returned to polish them in 1981 as they were making their debut album as New Order, with the results appearing on the posthumous Joy Division album, Still. Joy Division had appeared on Factory’s first release - the Factory Sample EP - so the arrangement seemed obvious. Not sure if this is another pressing 80 to 81 or more likely the above info is wrong Who knew Joy Division had a penchant for data visualization? As the band's popularity grew, Curtis's condition made it increasingly difficult for him to perform; he occasionally experienced seizures on stage. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. But have you ever wondered how this textured virtual landscape came to be? Available in our retail shop or in our new online shop #joydivision #unknownpleasures #redvinyl #iancurtis #anniversary #vinyladdict #nowplaying #vinyl #records #vinylcollection #nowspinning #recordshop #record #cratedigger #recordstoreday #vinyligclub #onmyturntable #instavinyl #musiclover #vinyljunkie #truro #cornwall, A post shared by Music Nostalgia (@musicnostalgia) on Jun 10, 2019 at 8:05am PDT. Other titles noted down include “On The Threshold Of Collapse”, “A Voice In The Wilderness”, “The Will Of The Underworld”, “House Of Correction”, “Aura Of Violence” and “Bureau Of Chance”. The front cover doesn’t feature any words, only a … So this image, perceived as so simple, is not really simple at all but the result of astronomical readings that led in part to humanity’s understanding of this one component of the cosmos. Anyone know if this is a bootleg or another variant? “I went to the record store and, son of a gun, there it was,” Craft said. This, of course, is the main lyric to the song Atrocity Exhibition, which had been written and performed live in the summer of 1979, but wouldn’t be recorded in the studio until 1980’s follow-up, Closer. The diagram is a plot of the waves emitted by the first radio pulsar ever discovered, back in 1967, which ended up in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. An air of mystery grew up around the Unknown Pleasures cover. In the interview, he described the band coming to him with the image below, which they found in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy. You’ve probably got a t-shirt of it. 10, Scrap_Iron's favourite albums of the 70s', 10 Post Punk Records of 1979 you should own, Top 100 - Discogs Most Wanted (by master release), Uncut Magazine - 100 Greatest Debut Albums. Thanks for coming in. This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of Unknown Pleasures being released. Saville added: “It was called Unknown Pleasures, so I thought the more this could be an enigmatic black thing, the more it might evoke the title.”, Meanwhile, Harold Craft, who had printed out the image in the first place back in the late 60s had no idea his work had been turned into one of the most iconic album cover designs in history. “So what you’re seeing is this comparative chart of the frequency and the accuracy of the signal.” He went on to discuss how fascinated he was with fans adopting the diagram on apparel and tattoos for their own interpretation. Regarding Joy Division’s use of the image, Craft said it was a total surprise. “The diagram itself is a cutting of the continuous read out and then a stacking,” he said. Save your money folks. One of the hangovers from the aborted RCA album of May 1978 was Interzone - named after a location in the novel Naked Lunch by William Burrough (a favourite author of Ian Curtis). Unknown Pleasures Joy Division. As part of their upcoming conference in New York, Visualized interviewed graphic designer Peter Saville about how this legendary cover became the image to represent Joy Division. In 2008, Joy Division manager Rob Gretton’s notebooks were published as a book called 1 Top Class Manager. Not sure if this is another pressing 80 to 81 or more likely the above info is wrong, Skipped quite a bit once I first popped it on, but after a detailed cleaning of the record it plays totally normal, and yes its clearly a digital pressing but it sounds pretty damn crisp. Even if you haven’t, you almost certainly own the album in some shape or form. 1. A post shared by The Poetry Of It All (@thepoetryofitall) on May 12, 2019 at 11:24am PDT. Im afraid this is due to a very high compression. No dynamic range. Throughout his career, Saville created cover art for New Order, Roxy Music, Pulp, and several others from the era, but Unknown Pleasures remains his most well-known work. We want to hear from you! The magazine traced Joy Division’s particular image to one created by the Arecibo Radio Observatory and published in 1970 by Dr. Harold D. Craft, Jr. in his PhD thesis titled, “Radio Observations of the Pulse Profiles and Dispersion Measures of Twelve Pulsars.”. A post shared by ＮＡＲＡ ǝ ʌ ı ʇ ɔ ǝ l l o ɔ (@naracollective) on Apr 4, 2019 at 9:08am PDT. That took place in 1967 in Cambridge, England. 31. By signing up to the VICE newsletter you agree to receive electronic communications from VICE that may sometimes include advertisements or sponsored content. A Cornell astronomy professor he was friends with was the first to bring the album to his attention. The images the computer made were then traced with India ink to stand out more. Sign up for our newsletter. Joy Division’s classic debut was released on 15 June 1979 - here are some of the many legends associated with the album. Ten made the final cut - the outtakes were: The first two tracks on the list were given to Bob Last, who ran Fast Records in Edinburgh, home of The Human League and Gang Of Four. Everyone and their uncle (particularly the kind of uncle who was into new wave back in the day) has seen the iconic cover for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, which has become one of … Was it a heartbeat? Their debut album Unknown Pleasures, recorded with producer Martin Hannett, was released in 1979. He told MOJO in 2005 that the band approached him with a file of cuttings and offered up the plot of CP 1919’s radio waves and another enigmatic image of a hand emerging from behind a shadowy door, which was taken from a 1970 book of photos by Ralph Gibson called The Somnambulist. The iconic cover of Joy Division’s 1979 debut album Unknown Pleasures is perhaps the most enduring image of the post-punk era. DMA's Joy Division’s two sides were titled “Inside” (side 1) and “Outside” (side 2). Harry Styles Explores Italy in Gleeful ‘Golden’ Video, See Pre-Fame Sebastian Bach, Zakk Wylde Jam on Led Zeppelin at a 1987 Wedding, Demi Lovato, the Lincoln Project Partner for Election Ad Campaign, Harry Hudson Discusses Journey With Cancer and How ‘Just Living’ Inspired His New Album, Sacha Baron Cohen Talks Filming That Giuliani Scene, Other Wild ‘Borat’ Moments on ‘Colbert, Keith Richards on His New Box Set, the Next Stones LP and Who Really Inspired ‘You Don’t Move Me’, Record Store Day 2020: 10 Great Exclusive Releases From the October Drop. Picked this up to give my original press a break. So there you have it - the cover was created by a student and isn’t a cosmic scream but a radio transmission from the depths of space. Released June 15, 1979. Placebo Visualized will take place at Times Center Manhattan (242 West 41st Street) in New York on November 8th and 9th, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets. Singer Ian Curtis had been hanging around the RCA label’s offices in Manchester so often in 1977 and 78 that the band were given the chance to record an album to try and get the company a punk band on their roster.