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Guelph Music Club – Pick Three ’74-’83

I’ve realized a few things since my last post for Guelph Music Club. One, that this IS definitely the decade where most of my favourite sad music comes from. Secondly, I moved in to a new house over a month ago and have yet to sort my record collection, making my inner Rob Gordon cringe. It’s not entirely my fault. I have broken leg debt, so I work 6 days a week at my day job. One night a week I “work” doing Name That Tune, and I also spend a few hours a day updating and attending events featured on this very website. The other reason I haven’t thrown on High Fidelity and sorted my records is that this house and therefore my turntable isn’t grounded properly. When I listen to vinyl, it hums like a….you get the idea. If it makes my readers any happier, I’m still living out of a suitcase, constantly washing the same two loads of laundry on rotation, so I have fresh clothes. I had my turntable and stereo hooked up on moving day and was even able to locate my Billie Holiday record in time to supply dinner music. Anyway…..

The last thing I realized since my last post is regarding one Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame. He was, musically speaking, the closest thing to an older sibling I’ve ever had. Again, read my last post to learn about how I discovered Pink Floyd. Maybe I’ll just dedicate a whole separate blog post to him in the near future. Anyway….In 1994 I bought my first Disc-man (it was $300!!!!) with my first full time summer job. This is when I decided to expand my musical horizons a little and, because as a 17 year-old with a bunch of disposable income, why not try to have every single CD in the HMV Top 40? My first three CDs ever purchased were Jar Of Flies, Alice In Chains, Siamese Dream, Smashing Pumpkins and The Crow Soundtrack. Not only is The Crow Soundtrack still my favourite of all time, it introduced me to Joy Division by way of the Nine Inch Nails cover of Dead Souls.

Joy Division could be the seed that grew into a whole tree of spin off genres. They are the link between punk and new wave. The controlled chaos of  noise no doubt influenced Industrial bands like Skinny Puppy and Nine Inch Nails. Their lyrical content is on par with Emo bands from the 2000’s. Joy Division just seemed to be more sincere and less whiny about it (maybe that is just my age talking). You can easily hear their influence on current bands like Interpol, She Wants Revenge, The National and Editors.  They weren’t the tightest band or have the polish that New Order possessed, but Joy Division brought a different kind of soul to music that has been often imitated but never duplicated. So yeah….Unknown Pleasures. Pick number three!!! Enjoy! Don’t get too sad about stuff involving things.

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