Not too many things get my undies in a wad, but this sure the hell does. Just saw on Pitchfork that Disney is selling a Joy Division (Unknown Pleasures album) inspired t-shirt featuring Mickey Freakin Mouse!
I guess I should explain some things, I’m assuming that everyone in the world has been touched by Joy Division. Joy Division was a fantastic band that formed in the early punk days in Manchester, and later defined itself in the post-punk movement as band that had things to say on a level rarely seen prior. Ian Curtis, the front man of Joy Division was battling epilepsy and depression, which inevitably led to his tragic suicide in 1980 prior to their first North American tour.
That band defined my late teens and twenties and I was quite moved by the emotion in the lyrics and how they composed their music. Their skills as musicians were still rough but that never got in the way of expressing their emotions and creativity. As a guitarist just learning my instrument, I was always inspired by that band. Unknown Pleasures and Closer were two of my favorite albums that got tons of play.
A Mickey Mouse ™ shirt does not honor the memory of that band or the album. Boooo. I’ll get back to talking about effects again. If you’re a fan of Joy Division, let me know what you think of this by commenting below!