I'll always remember buying closer when it came out and being floored by the first listen to "atrocity exhibition". still overshadows much of the album in my mind.
Godfrey Ho made all these trashy action and horror films in the '80s, mostly about ninjas, and would just swipe music without licensing it. Guess there were a few post-punk records floating around Hong Kong at the time: there's some surreal bits in "Ninja In The Killing Field" where the ninjas are fighting to Joy Division and the Cocteau Twins. He also did a film called "Thunder of Gigantic Serpent" where a giant snake terrorises Hong Kong to Throbbing Gristle.I’m watching the 5th series of American Horror Story with the fam at the moment on Netflix. Irritated the piss out of them by exclaiming “OMG what is THIS” for a bit of the soundtrack.
Turned out it they were using “The Eternal” by JD. Very effective.
Okay, thinking about it, I don't think anyone ever (said they) listened to Yes or Genesis. And it's a truism that a lot of people stick with the music they listened to as a teenager, when music was important to them, and never progress past that.
PiL are my favourite of the two, hit me in the gut a bit more. There's a coldness and distance to Joy Division that makes it a bit thinner and harder to engage with whereas PiL has those huge basslines and Levene's guitar and Lydon's vocals really cut through.
Certainly it's the one everyone mentions now. I don't like it at all. The sterile production strips all the energy out of it.