New Dawn Fades

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"New Dawn Fades"
Song by Joy Division
from the album Unknown Pleasures
Released15 June 1979
Recorded1–17 April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
GenrePost-punk, gothic rock[1]
LabelFactory Records
Songwriter(s)Bernard Sumner
Peter Hook
Stephen Morris
Ian Curtis [2]
Producer(s)Martin Hannett, Joy Division

"New Dawn Fades" is a song from the 1979 debut album by Joy Division. The song opens with a backwards and heavily modified sample from previous song, "Insight", presumably added by Martin Hannett, post-production. The song relies on an ascending guitar riff by Bernard Sumner played against a descending bass riff by Peter Hook. The song uses the same progression throughout, but grows in intensity as the song progresses, reaching its peak with Ian Curtis singing "Me, seeing me this time, hoping for something else", and ending with a guitar solo. The song closes side one of Unknown Pleasures. It's also one of few Joy Division songs with two distinct guitars playing, one distorted and one a clean electric guitar picking notes from the guitar chords.

It has been covered by Moby in cooperation with New Order. There is also a version from former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. Ambient techno act The Sight Below covered it on its second album It All Falls Apart, featuring vocals by Jesy Fortino of Tiny Vipers.[3][4][5] The band Rheinallt H Rowlands recorded a version of the song, sung in Welsh.[6]

"New Dawn Fades" has been featured in several films. In the 1995 film Heat, an instrumental version of Moby's cover plays during the car chase leading up to Al Pacino's and Robert De Niro's first on-screen meeting. It was also used in the 2005 remake of House of Wax, and a live version was featured in the 2006 Academy Award nominee Reprise. An instrumental version was produced by Christopher Drake on the Batman Year One Soundtrack. It was most-recently used in the soundtrack for Antoine Fuqua's 2014 movie, The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington. It's in the soundtrack of ACAB - All Cops Are Bastards.


  1. ^ Spencer Patterson. "'Unknown Pleasures' shows gloom with a view". Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-02-15. Retrieved 2010-02-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ ""New Dawn Fades" [Joy Division cover; ft. Tiny Vipers] - Forkcast Archive". Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  4. ^ "The Sight Below: 'New Dawn Fades' (Joy Division Cover)". Prefixmag. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  5. ^ "surfing on steam". Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  6. ^ "BBC - Radio Cymru - C2". Retrieved 17 January 2015.

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