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Listen to Joy Division’s rare cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Sister Ray’

We dive into the Far Out Vault to take a look at some rare footage of Joy Division putting their spin on The Velvet Underground song ‘Sister Ray’.

We’re no strangers to hearing covers of our favourite artists, but it’s not every day you unearth a gem that features one of our favourite bands covering another—but that is just what we’ve found with this truly incredible find.

Taking place at London’s Moonlight Club on April 1980, Joy Division were beginning to close out their tour, a run of shows that would be their last with their frontman Ian Curtis who took his own life on May 18, 1980. A momentous and historic night for a number of different reasons, the show also marked the time that they chose to cover one of the bands who inspired them the most.

Taking on The Velvet Underground’s epic ‘Sister Ray’, a track which belongs on the White Light/White Heat album, was taken into an entirely different direction by Curtis and Co. Adding a deeper sense of dread and darkness across the tune, Joy Division made a sound that was typically Velvet Underground into something that is, by definition, classically Joy Division.

Take some time out, relax, and have a listen to the below clip:

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