Joy Division

13th August 1979: Nashville Rooms, London

With Orchestral Manoeuvres and A Certain Ratio

Songs performed:

01: Atmosphere
01. She's Lost Control
02. Exercise One
03. Disorder
04. Colony
05. Candidate

06. Autosuggestion
07. Ice Age

This entire set list is not confirmed, but we thinks it's right, and the four songs in green have made it onto bootleg tapes.

Appx. duration: 15 mins. Sound quality: 7+/9

All four tracks were included on the following bootlegs:

Live at Erics And Nashville Ballroom 1979

A New Dawn Fades

Joy Division were involved in a motor accident on their way back to Manchester but they escaped injury.

Nashville Rooms photographed in 2002
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Joy Division - The Eternal web site (Michel Enkiri) and reproduced here with permission  
John Jackson was there: I was at this gig as a 13 year old. I was into punk and would go to gigs and try to get in with the gang. We would often go to the Nashville as it was local and my dad knew the doorman Brian.

I had no idea who Joy Division were at the time and my outstanding memory of this gig was OMD's reel to reel tape machine (OMD were a two piece at the time) and it took centre stage.

The other thing I remember was there was a stack of amps to the right hand side of the stage (unusual from my memories of the Nashville) which left a three foot gap between them and the wall where my friends and I watched the gig.

V-Sign fanzine No 2 published the following review: Missed 1st band A Certain Ratio and most of Orchestral Maneuvers due to tedious queuing-only just got in Joy Division are now playing bigger venues. O.M.I.T.D. were OK but the music evaporates til you hear again. I prefer other songs to Electricity which I've gone off a bit.

Without fuss Ian Curtis introduces the now better known pleasures of Joy Division, who did a medium length set, most off LP so had to do 2 encores (a rock group ploy and a bit of an anti-climax. I won't pile on the superlatives but they were as good as I expected. The sound wasn't too loud or distorted though the guitar got a bit drowned by the drums especially on She's Lost Control, not as brilliant as on LP or session. I could feel the bass vibrating the floor and the sound was strong and intense Ian Curtis did his possessed yet not self-conscious agitated arm-flapping (like a disconnected puppet) and though some at the front pogoed to the faster songs there wasn't much room for the more apt Lydon arm swing in the close, crowded Nashville. The three instrumentalists are unexpressive as they concentrate on their simple, solid, dense yet austere sound. They are on a parallel with PIL in their streamlined compression and realise understatement can be effective as exaggeration. I hope but don't see how they'll avoid becoming big and distant - it's already happening. 2.50 Strait Muzak bills etc.