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Joy Division: Closer (Factory Records FACT XXV)

Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, 26 July 1980

FROM THE beginning we were always dealing with something special. Joy Division, by the very nature of their set up, could never have been just another band caught up in the insanity of musical manoeuvres. Stubbornly isolated away from the machinery, coming and going as they pleased, they never bowed to any demand except that of their own choosing. Everything was controlled and balanced, allowing them flexibility in all areas, from the choice of venue, to the giving away of free singles without a murmur of fuss.



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