Unknown Pleasures Joy Division, New Order, and other Factory Records bands get the box set treatment. June 25th, 2009 “Factory Records are not actually a company. We are an experiment in human nature,” explains Tony Wilson (as played by Steve Coogan) in the film 24 Hour Party People.Indeed, the Manchester, England independent record label was known as much for the bands it signed (Joy Division, New Order, and Happy Mondays, among others) as the cultural movements it spawned; fans of everyone from post-punks to techno-tinged ravers have Factory Records to thank for their good times.Though the party ended in 1992 (at least for Wilson and his Hacienda cohorts), you can finally relive it all at home with the release of Factory Records: Communications 1978-1992. The box set features 63 tracks from the “Madchester” halcyon days, including several unreleased songs. While there are plenty of well-known songs, like “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Ceremony”, it’s more than just a perfunctory greatest hits collection; Cabaret Voltaire, OMD, James, and other forgotten gems are included on the compilation. And though the box set comes with a 38-page booklet detailing the storied record label, it’s completely virtual; Factory Records is a digital-only release, which means it’ll cost you less money (and take up less space) than your average time capsule clunker. The entire set is $29.99 on iTunes right now, and will get a full digital release on July 7.Love may tear us apart, but this box set just might bring us back together…Visit rhino.com for more info. REBECCA WILLA DAVIS ***excerpt from Nylon Guys Magazine***http://www.nylonguysmag.com/
I know that my friend Erin will go gaga over this compilation. (As will I...) This next pic of "The Horrors" is also for her. I've seen them play once, in Toronto....they opened for "The Kills" and they put on a good show....who doesn't love a little Rock'N'Roll?
And anyways, you gotta love a band with cool hair!