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Buzzcocks/Joy Division: Rainbow, London

Chris Bohn, Melody Maker, 17 November 1979

ON CURRENT FORM, Joy Division should have been the best thing happening on Friday night, and the Buzzcocks camp knew it too. Consequently, they treated their guests to a lousy sound, which dampened Ian Curtis's passionate vocals, throwing him into an uneven struggle with superior forces of technology. Inevitably he lost, but the spirit of resistance was there.

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