Joy Division are a band synonymous with rock and roll. Not because they had quiffs or created the kind of hysteria akin to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but because they saw the rules and tore them up, more so than anybody thought.

The band arrived in 1979 while many within the underground music scene were still trying to hold on to the tatters of punk and others began to apply make-up to escape the doldrums of their life; Joy Division stayed true and pushed a gritty realism into the face of the youth.

Britain was a shit hole at the time, and you can’t really imagine Salford being much better. But for some reason, the way these four artists curated and ultimately destroyed the ideals of working life reinvigorated an area and engaged the people.

How lucky we were then to find this extremely rare footage of Joy Division at their first-ever filmed live performance at Bowden Vale Youth Club in Altrincham in 1979. The venue itself couldn’t be more typically Joy Division, that is until they begin and hit us with something truly mesmerising.

The three songs featured are ‘She’s Lost Control’, ‘Shadowplay‘ and ‘Leaders of Men’ and all of them reek of potential. Potential to make good records, the potential to sell-out show but more importantly the potential to explode at any minute.

See the clip, below.

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