Joy Division

2nd October 1977: Electric Circus, Manchester

The Electric Circus was under threat of closure  and various Manchester bands appeared at memorial gigs for the club on the weekend of October 1st and 2nd.

Warsaw played on the Sunday along with: The Fall, Buzzcocks, Magazine, Rip Off, John The Postman, John Cooper-Clarke, The Prefects, The Worst and Manicured Noise.

Warsaw performed just three songs at the gig and Virgin recorded the last two, At A Later Date, and Novelty. There were some technical issues with the Novelty recording but they released At A Later Date on Short Circuit - Live at The Elctric Circus the following year. This is the only song to have surfaced to date.

Update May 2021: There are reports the full version of Novelty, as recorded by Virgin, exists.

Ian and Bernard had been reading "The Loneliest Man in The World" a book about Rudolf  Hess and his time as the only prisoner 31G-350125 in Spandau Prison. Then, after Warsaw, or 31G as it was still called back then, Bernard shouted "You all forgot Rudolf Hess!" instead of "We're called Warsaw" as had been originally planned.

Despite assurances from Virgin that this comment would be edited out, it appeared on the Short Circuit album sounding like the introduction to At a Later Date rather than a reference back to Warsaw / 31G.

Jon Savage's review of the final weekend of the Electric Circus for Melody Maker was reprinted in the "England's Dreaming" book
Songs performed: 

At A Later Date 

At A Later Date appeared on

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Short Circuit - Live at The Elctric Circus.

and the following bootlegs:

Appx. duration: 4 mins. Sound quality 9-/9

A Retrospective On .. LP

Electric Funeral double LP

Inside The Line LP

WARSAW-An Ideal For Killing LP

Remains CD

Closer To The Unknown CD

Love, Fear, Isolation CD

Warsaw (2008) CD

Warsaw - The Lost,  Complete 1977 Recordings 2LP