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Candidate 3. Wilderness 4. Insight 4. Interzone 5. 1 Remember Nothing Joy Division's debut was first issued as FACT 10, and contained a message in the run-off groove which reads "This is the way" (A) and "Step inside" (B) from the song "Atrocity Exhibition". The American edition, FACTUS 1, reads "I've been looking for a guide" (B) (a variation on the lyric to "Disorder"). The sleeve of Unknown Pleasures was Peter Saville's stark design (Fig. 20) which contradicted many proper design principles and was the better for it.

Most of the pieces are based on major, seventh, or minor chords, played with a bar chord that can be moved up and down the neck and fretboard of the guitar quickly and easily. The chords are for the most part simple 4 or 5 chord patterns that would have required little effort on the part of the guitarist to move two or three frets up. The bassist's parts tended to move in similar single lines high up the fretboard into the guitar's area of range. It must have been obvious to anyone concerned that in this "live" situation, the vocalist was in great distress.

The Moonlight Club, London (Thursday, 3 Apr 80) (Fig. 46): On the second night, the band appeared third on a much better received bill consisting of Kevin Hewick, Blurt, and A Certain Ratio. In his review in NME, Mark Ellen freefy admitted his prejudices about Joy Division: "I don't get along with them too well. Enormously powerful and skilfully projective as they may be - but compared with the rest of the bill -their horizons seem uncomfortably contained and they just sound dull and unchallenging.

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