Song of the Day #2,972: ‘Isolation’ – Joy Division

joy_division_closerRounding out my three-week look at the music of 1980 is a track from Joy Division’s second (and final) album, Closer.

Joy Division emerged in the late 70s as a punk band but crafted a sound and mood that pointed toward the New Wave and alternative music that would dominate the 80s. They’re a fitting choice to close these theme weeks because they epitomize the shift from one decade to the other.

Lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide shortly before the release of this album. After his death, the remaining band members rechristened themselves New Order and went on to become one of the defining bands of the 80s.

[Verse 1]
In fear every day, every evening
He calls her aloud from above
Carefully watched for a reason
Painstaking devotion and love
Surrendered to self preservation
From others who care for themselves
A blindness that touches perfection
But hurts just like anything else

Isolation, isolation, isolation

[Verse 2]
Mother I tried please believe me
I’m doing the best that I can
I’m ashamed of the things I’ve been put through
I’m ashamed of the person I am


[Verse 3]
But if you could just see the beauty
These things I could never describe
These pleasures a wayward distraction
This is my one lucky prize


One thought on “Song of the Day #2,972: ‘Isolation’ – Joy Division

  1. Dana says:

    I’ve heard of Joy Division, but don’t know their music. Based on this track, I’m not sure I missed much.

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