Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Is My Timing That Flawed
Today marks 25 years since the death of the troubled Joy Division singer Ian Curtis at the age of 23. Over the years he has become an iconic member of the tragic rock star club, and there are currently two films being produced about his short life. What are his former band mates doing this week? New Order have been promoting their lightest and most pop-oriented single ever, with the possible exception of their football anthem "World In Motion," in "Jetstream." Considering all the sentiment this week, it's a bit of a surprise that it's the single's guest vocalist Ana Matronic that has been getting all the press. Of course, New Order aren't doing too bad for themselves, fan site NewOrderOnline had half a million hits between March 26th and May 5th, and their sense freedom from the darker sensibilities of Joy Division in releasing pop tracks like "Jetstream" means they are as far out of the shadow that Curtis left behind as they ever will.