Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus

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Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus
Short Circuit - LATEC.jpg
Live album by
Various Artists
Released16 June 1978[1]
Recorded1–2 October 1977, The Electric Circus, Manchester, England
GenrePunk rock, reggae

Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus is a compilation album of songs recorded live at the Electric Circus, Manchester, on 1 and 2 October 1977, two concerts marking the last nights of the venue before it closed. Released by Virgin Records in 1978, the album was originally only available on 10-inch blue, black, and yellow vinyl.[2][3]

Warsaw performed on the second night; three months later they changed their name to Joy Division, which is how they are credited on the sleeve.[4]

The album was the debut release for the Fall; Joy Division had self-released their debut 7-inch EP An Ideal for Living just 13 days earlier, and all the other bands had released debuts in 1977.


Some original copies of the album came with a free 7-inch single, "Another Close Shave" by comedian John Dowie.[2]

The album was reissued on CD in 1990 on the Blue Plate label.

Track listing[edit]

10" vinyl (Virgin VCL5003)

Side A

  1. The Fall: "Stepping Out" – 2:36
  2. John Cooper Clarke: "(You Never See a Nipple in The) Daily Express" – 1:03
  3. Joy Division: "At a Later Date" – 3:00
  4. The Drones: "Persecution Complex" – 2:50

Side B

  1. Steel Pulse: "Makka Splaff (The Colly Man)" – 5:45
  2. John Cooper Clarke: "I Married a Monster from Outer Space" – 1:30
  3. The Fall: "Last Orders" – 3:08
  4. Buzzcocks: "Time's Up" – 2:58


  1. ^ Gimarc, George (2005) Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock 1970-1982, Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-848-6, p. 143
  2. ^ a b Mark Price; et al. "Short Circuit - Live At The Electric Circus 10" Compilation LP". Joy Division Central. Retrieved 2017-10-21.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Joy Division Discography". Retrieved 2012-09-08.