Joy Division

About Transmission

"Transmission" is a song by English post-punk band Joy Division. Originally recorded in 1978 for the band's aborted self-titled album, it was later re-recorded the following year at a faster tempo and released by record label Factory as the band's debut single.


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Radio, live transmission
Radio, live transmission

Listen to the silence, let it ring on
Eyes, dark grey lenses frightened of the sun
We would have a fine time living in the night
Left to blind destruction
Waiting for our sight

And we would go on as though nothing was wrong
And hide from these days we remained all alone
Staying in the same place, just staying out the time
Touching from a distance
Further all the time

Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio

Well I could call out when the going gets tough
The things that we've learnt are no longer enough
No language, just sound, that's all we need know, to synchronise
Love to the beat of the show

And we could dance

Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, to the radio

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Joy Division

Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band primarily consisted of Ian Curtis (vocals and occasional guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboards),Peter Hook (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Stephen Morris (drums and percussion). more »

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Written by: Bernard Sumner, Ian Kevin Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Paul David Morris

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10 facts about this song

Background Information
"Transmission" is a song by the English rock band, Joy Division released in 1979. - It was the band's first full release on the independent record label, Factory Records.
Song Artistry
The song is known for its energetic post-punk rhythm and its claustrophobic theme. - Ian Curtis, the band's lead singer, provides a commanding, desperate voice that fits perfectly with the song's mood.
Track Listing
The original track listing for "Transmission" was a standalone single and did not appear on any Joy Division's studio album. - It was later added to the compilation album, "Substance", first out in 1988.
Legacy and Influence
"Transmission" is seen as a classic Joy Division song and has influenced a number of post-punk and alternative bands. - The song was featured in the 2002 film "24 Hour Party People", which tells the story of Factory Records.
Live Performances
Arguably one of the most memorable live performances of "Transmission" was on "Something Else", a BBC2 television program, in 1979. - Despite the band's disbandment after Curtis's death, the remaining members performed the song as part of their new band, New Order, on several occasions.
Music Video
The music video for "Transmission" features stark black and white footage of the band playing the song, emphasizing the song's moody atmosphere.
Chart Performance
Although the song did not chart at the time of its release, it has frequently been rated by music magazines as one of the greatest songs of all time. - In 2019, "NME" ranked it at number 40 in their list of the "100 Best Songs of the 1970s".
Cover Versions
"Transmission" has been covered by many artists, including Low, Girl In A Coma, and Innerpartysystem. - The Smashing Pumpkins also covered the song in concerts on numerous occasions.
Lyrics Interpretation
The lyrics of "Transmission" have been widely discussed, with many people seeing them as a commentary on television's role in society and its potential to isolate individuals.
Cultural References
The song was specifically mentioned in the novel "High Fidelity" by Nick Hornby, which was later adapted into a film and a TV series.

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