Full version of their tribute to Ian Curtis has been released.
New Order’s ‘Elegia’, a requiem for deceased Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis was originally released in a 5-minute edit, on their 1985 album Low-Life. It is now being given life on a 12″ EP with two other tracks, now on Slow to Speak, exclusively through Dope Jams. The EP also includes a John Peel session of Power, Corruption, & Lies track ‘5-8-6’, as well as another track dedicated to Curtis, ‘Him’ from Movement. The 18-minute version of ‘Elegia’ has only been previously available on the band’s rare, 5-CD box set Retro.
Ian Curtis, along with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris, formed the pioneering post-punk band Joy Division in 1976, recording two acclaimed LPs, 1979’s Unknown Pleasures and Closer the following year. Following Curtis’ 1980 suicide, the remaining members formed New Order with Gillian Gilbert.