Isolation (Joy Division song)

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Song by Joy Division
from the album Closer
Released 1980
Recorded 18–30 March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios, London, United Kingdom
Length 2:52
Label Factory
Closer track listing
"Atrocity Exhibition"

"Isolation" is a 1980 song appearing on the post-punk band Joy Division's second and final album, Closer. The song is based upon an electronic drum beat by Stephen Morris, accompanied by a high-pitched keyboard line by Bernard Sumner. Midway through the song, a rushing drum and hi-hat motif come in, propelling the song toward its dramatic end.

Joy Division Bassist Peter Hook said the ending came as the serendipitous result of Martin Hannett's efforts to rescue the original master tape from a botched edit by a junior sound engineer.


The song has been covered many times including by:


  1. ^ McCullough, Dave (26 July 1980). "Closer to the edge (Joy Division Closer album review)". Sounds. Young men in dark silhouettes, some darker than others, looking inwards, looking out, discovering the same horror and describing it with the same dark strokes of gothic rock. 
  2. ^ Ascap entry

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