Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures has been my white whale for a while. I have been holding out for a vintage original pressing of the album. This means that every milk crate of records on the street, every giant pile of vinyl in the Goodwill, every craigslist ad selling “250 albums for 100 bucks” was rifled through by yours truly, looking for the black cover with the iconic pulsar image… after two years… nothing. But I was in Rotate This today getting the new Ra Ra Riot album and saw her - all black and mysterious… sitting in the back of the store… calling to me. Besides, finding an original pressing of Unknown Pleasures is next to impossible. Like, impossible.
When I took her out of the packaging… sigh. It was very exciting.
On that note, if you haven’t seen the documentary about Joy Division released in 2007, I highly, highly recommend it.
I still haven’t seen “Control“… but since I just got my baby – I think I have to get my hands on a copy of it this weekend: