Song of the Day 9/3/2013 “Digital” by Joy Divison

Woah, check out this song right here. It doesn’t get much darker then this, Joy Division has always been the godfathers of controlled rage in music. I think one can argue that when it comes to depressing, emotionally charged and dark albums, Unknown Pleasures might be the top. Ian Curtis’s charged lyrics captivate the listener, as the icy guitars in the background build up to the euphoric “Day In! Day Out!”
Digital isn’t Joy Divisions best song, but its a song that is POST PUNK. It’s a song that defines the genre along with the various other songs that Joy Division released. Overshadowed by the brilliant Transmission and the all time classic Love Will Tear us Apart, Digital gets play from hardcore Joy Division, Post Punk and Alternative Rock 80s Children.
It’s a song that details depression, a battle that Ian Curtis lost. I’ve always tried to describe what depression is in creative ways. But when you hear Ian Curtis howling “Day In! Day Out!” you know that you can never out do it. In four words, depression is laid out on a plate for everyone to see and hear. Each day is the same, the same bullshit. You feel like the same stain on existence, you feel embarassment, confusion and anger every day.
It’s devastating when depression takes a turn for the worse, in Ian Curtis’s case he took his own life. I’ve been greatly affected by SUicide in my immediate family. Nearly destroyed me, and it’s so sad when someone with so much talent, that so many people love and look up to decides to take their own life. Ian Curtis was the epitome of talented, and he had a young daughter and such an amazing career ahead of him. But none of that matters when every day, Day in Day out you feel the he did and how i have felt at times
Now my mood is controlled by prescription drugs, which have saved my life but i fear and wonder about those days and what would have happened if i didn’t get help. The tragic end of Ian Curtis’s life makes the music so much more intense as well. Listening to Joy Division tells a tragic story and “Digital” is a very important chapter, and thats why its Tuesdays song of the day!

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