Isolation (Joy Division song)
|Song by Joy Division|
|from the album Closer|
|Recorded||18–30 March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios, London, United Kingdom|
|Closer track listing|
"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.
The song has been covered many times including by:
- New Order played an electronic-based cover in a Peel Session in 1998, released in the In Session compilation (2004).
- Northern Irish alternative metal band Therapy? covered the song on their 1994 album Troublegum. This version also incorporates many musical elements from Atrocity Exhibition.
- In 1995, a cover by The Smashing Pumpkins spin-off band Starchildren appeared on the tribute album A Means to an End: The Music of Joy Division.
- Industrial band Dessau released the Al Jourgensen produced 12" single in late 1988.
- Carissa's Wierd included a cover of the song on their 2003 album Scrapbook.
- 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.
- Ascap entry
- "Isolation" at Discogs (list of releases)
- Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
- Usage in film and television: see "Joy Division - Soundtrack. 'Isolation'" at the Internet Movie Database
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