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Whatever its effectiveness on a 'Japanese' form of artistry, its appearance was startling and original, capable of capturing the undivided attention of the audience for long periods of time. "Ian Curtis on voice, reacting to the music as if on a hotplate, discovers the scope within tonal limitations - used his vocals for force... Lyrically, philosophically, their ideas and intentions are lost, the peril of fast communicative music performed with poor equipment in dire venues. " -PaulMorley, NME, 9Sep 78, When I first discovered the Institute's research report just transcribed, the contents did not surprise me.
The support band, a local Dutch group, did not want to play so Joy Division stood in for them. They did a total of seventeen songs (including two encores) and played for well over an hour. The Trojan Horse, The Hague, Holland (Saturday, 12 Jan 80). Doomroosje, Nijmegen, Holland (Sunday, 13 Jan 80). 39: The Rainbow Theatre, London, 9 November 1979 personal, if not professional, standpoint. Though Adam Sweeting, reviewing the night for NME, rated Joy Division as "OK; and compared to what was to follow they were inspired", the group were really off their mettle.
A couple of periods occurred on the tour when no gigs were planned, and to fill in these gaps Rob Gretton arranged concerts away from Buzzcocks. One of these concerts was planned to be Joy Division playing atthe Reichstag in Berlin. Though the idea had begun as a joke, the band started having serious thoughts about it and ended up planning it as the live side of their second album. For some reason, however, the gig never quite came together. Plan K, Brussels, Belgium (Tuesday, 16 Oct 79) (Figs.