Joy Division

Peter Hook & Chance the Rapper Review

Legendary bassist Peter Hook remembers Ian Curtis and Joy Division. Then, Jim and Greg review a new release from up-and-coming Chicago MC Chance the Rapper.

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Forget the Desert Island - what music would you take to outer space? This week Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made news by covering David Bowie's "Space Oddity" from the International Space Station. This isn't the first time rock has blasted into orbit. Last year Jim covered the auction of Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell's space mixtape, which featured tunes by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Marvin Gaye. So what tracks would Jim and Greg want to jam to in zero gravity? Greg picks Sun Ra's "Calling Planet Earth," whereas Jim sticks with a classic, The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun."


Peter Hook

Joy Division only recorded two proper studio albums before lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980. But those releases, a string of fantastic singles and Curtis‘ own legend continue to impact fans today. But, as is often the case with legends, there’s a lot of fiction amongst the fact. And Peter Hook, the hugely influential bass player in Joy Division and New Order, wants to clear a few things up in his book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division. First, there's the tragic image of Ian itself. True, he struggled with depression, a failing marriage and a debilitating case of epilepsy that would lead to his death. But, Peter describes a beer-drinking prankster full of joy when it came to the music. He also admits that he and the band weren't initially crazy about the sparse, moody sound Joy Division fans so love today. Much of that credit goes to producer Martin Hannett. For more on Joy Division listen to this episode.

Then of course we come to New Order's bitter divorce. Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter achieved more success than Joy Division. They disbanded in 2006, but recently reunited without Peter. Listening to the interview you can hear the hard feelings, but Peter admits he‘d play with those amazing musicians anytime. So how did New Order fare on their recent release without Peter Hook? Check out Jim and Greg’s review.

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Chance the Rapper Acid Rap

A number of Chicago rappers are blowing up right now-Chief Keef, King Louie, Lil Durk. But unlike those“drill scene”artists, Chance the Rapper is the kid next door. Jim loves that this“extraordinary artist”can be both deeply profound and also funny as heck on his new mixtape Acid Rap. He calls "Pushaman" the "Ohio)" that Chicago needs. Greg is also loving the goofy, self-deprecating lyrics and hears a huge amount of growth on this second, deeply moving mixtape. Acid Rap gets a double Buy It, and yet it's completely free!


Featured Songs

  1. Chris Hadfield, Space Oddity, self-released, self-released, 2013
  2. Sun Ra, Calling Planet Earth, Space is the Place (Soundtrack), Evidence, 1972
  3. The Beatles, Here Comes the Sun, Abbey Road, Apple, 1969
  4. Joy Division, Transmission, Single, Factory, 1979
  5. Joy Division, Atrocity Exhibition, Control, Factory, 1981
  6. Sex Pistols, Seventeen, Never Mind the Bollocks, Virgin, 1977
  7. Joy Division, Atmosphere, Single, Factory, 1980
  8. Joy Division, Heart and Soul, Control, Factory, 1981
  9. New Order, Dreams Never End, Movement, Factory, 1981
  10. Joy Division, Isolation, Control, Factory, 1981
  11. Joy Division, She's Lost Control, Unknown Pleasures, Factory, 1979
  12. Joy Division, Shadowplay, Unknown Pleasures, Factory, 1979
  13. Joy Division, Digital, Substance, Factory, 1988
  14. New Order, Blue Monday, Substance, Factory, 1987
  15. Joy Division, Dead Souls, Substance, Factory, 1988
  16. Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Substance, Factory, 1988
  17. New Order, In a Lonely Place, Single, Factory, 1981
  18. New Order, Ceremony, Single, Factory, 1981
  19. New Order, Age of Consent, Power, Corruption & Lies, Factory, 1983
  20. New Order,“Regret,”London, 1993
  21. Chance the Rapper, Cocoa Butter Kisses, Acid Rap, Freely Available Mixtape, 2013
  22. Chance the Rapper, Acid Rain, Acid Rap, Freely Available Mixtape, 2013
  23. Chance the Rapper, Pusha Man, Acid Rap, Freely Available Mixtape, 2013
  24. Moon Boots, Love Strong, Love Strong, French Express, 2013
  25. The Sylvers, Hot Line, Something Special, Capitol Records, 1976
  26. Chatmonchey, Renai Spirits, Renai Spirits, Sony/BMG, 2006
  27. Naked Artz, Penetration, Penetration, P-Vine Records, 1997

Footnotes Google Play (formerly Google Music) Chris Hadfield Sings Space Oddity Astronaut Edgar Mitchell's mixtape Ian Curtis commits suicide Peter Hook Remembering Martin Hannett New Order Chief Keef Chance the Rapper Jim reviews Chance the Rapper Greg reviews Chance the Rapper