An Ideal for Living
|An Ideal for Living|
|EP by Joy Division|
|Released||3 June 1978|
|Recorded||14 December 1977|
|Studio||Pennine Sound Studio, Oldham, England|
|Joy Division chronology|
All tracks were recorded at the Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham, on 14 December 1977.
The cover has a black-and-white picture of a blonde Hitler Youth member beating a drum, which was drawn by guitarist Bernard Sumner (called "Bernard Albrecht" on the poster sleeve), and the words "Joy! Division" printed in a blackletter font. The cover design, coupled with the nature of the band's name, fuelled controversy over whether the band had Nazi sympathies. When the EP was re-released on 12 inch vinyl the original cover was replaced by artwork featuring scaffolding.
A 7" version of An Ideal for Living was released in June on the band's own Enigma Records label (not to be confused with the American record label of the same name) which was sold out by September and subsequently followed by a 12" version on 10 October on the band's own Anonymous Records label. This was very much a home-brewed affair, with the band members and their friends stuffing the records into their sleeves.
All tracks were re-released on the 1988 singles compilation Substance.
In his retrospective review, David Cleary of AllMusic wrote that "[the] sound quality and production values on this release are extremely primitive", while describing the release as "a mildly interesting, if not great EP." He also noted that with the re-release of tracks one and three on the rarities album Substance, the need for diehard Joy Division fans to obtain this platter has notably decreased.
All songs written by Joy Division.
- "Warsaw" – 2:26
- "No Love Lost" – 3:42
- "Leaders of Men" – 2:34
- "Failures" – 3:44
|7"||3 June 1978||Enigma Records|
|12"||10 October 1978||Anonymous Records|
- Cleary, David. "An Ideal for Living [EP] – Joy Division | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- Terry, Josh (20 March 2014). "Joy Division’s debut EP, An Ideal For Living, receives long overdue reissue". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
- Brazier, Chris (24 June 1978). "Joy Division: An Ideal for Living". Melody Maker: 23.
- Gimarc, George (2005). Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock 1970–1982. Backbeat Books. pp. 141, 163. ISBN 0-87930-848-6.