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In a turn of events that will never be anything less than hilarious, an unsigned young Joy Division, desperate to see the inside of a recording studio, agreed to a deal with RCA Records that mandated they record a cover of — wait for it! — the northern soul chestnut "Keep On Keepin' On." The song, predictably, never materialized (though the group did end up interpolating the music to create their own "Interzone"); on the afternoon it was to be recorded, RCA's Derek Brandwood walked into the studio to find the band at loggerheads with producer John Anderson. Anderson thought the group woefully unprofessional and untalented, and Joy Division, for their part, were utterly horrified by a suggestion he had given them. "I asked them to use synthesizers," a desperate Anderson said to Brandwood, "and they said that never, ever would they lower themselves to that. They won't touch synthesizers!"
One can almost imagine how a young Joy Division may have reacted hearing the opening notes of "Age of Consent," the triumphant track that opens New Order's second — and best — record. In truth, the band's new sound was actually unveiled two month's before this album's release, with the startling,… read more »