Item #6942 Unknown Pleasures [First Pressing]. Joy Division.
Unknown Pleasures [First Pressing]
Unknown Pleasures [First Pressing]
Joy Division

Unknown Pleasures [First Pressing]

Manchester: Factory Records, 1979. 12” vinyl LP with original illustrated inner sleeve, and textured jacket. FACT 10. First pressing, matrix / runout: FACT-10-OUTSIDE I B THIS IS THE WAY A PORKY PRIME CUT S-4, FACT 10-INSIDE I A A PORKY PRIME CUT - STEP S-9. Used condition. Item #6942

First pressing of Joy Division’s debut record, produced by Martin Hannett, featuring the Porky “prime cut” matrix / run-out and opaque black finish of the true first pressings.

Only posthumously a depression manifesto, a suicidal haunt for teenagers who still like to dance, Unknown Pleasures was first produced as a series of unwitting conflicts between the punk band’s initial neurotic-in-love sound and the spatial turn of producer Martin Hannett. This contradiction in planning transformed the would-be punks into catatonic orators with an emphatic back beat and bass. Coupled with Peter Saville’s Pulsar detournemént, Unknown Pleasures offers what Mark Fisher called a conceptual consistency: a slow, minimal orbit into cataleptic black holes, which however subjective and romanticist in appearance, reflect the objective descent of a uniform-wearing working youth into Thatcherite nightmare. Anti-commercial and literary sensibilities surround singer Ian Curtis’ vision, who with a near-Soviet appetite for Dostoyevsky and Kafka, and an anti-american retrieval of Ballard and Burroughs, never lived to see the record become one of Britain’s most successful musical and visual contributions to the coming globalized economy.

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