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Jeannette Latoria
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« on: July 29, 2007, 01:50:29 am »


The usual scene at a Joy Division gig was Curtis in the middle at the front, with Sumner to his right and Hook to left, and Morris and his drum kit behind him. After experimenting with strobe lighting, later the band played under white lights, without variations in their low light levels, due to Curtis's epilepsy. Curtis usually held onto the microphone stand for most of a song, only leaving it to dance. When Curtis danced, it was with a unique style that involved rotating his arms very quickly back and forth in front of him as though fighting with a large wheel or attempting to swim. He sometimes walked off stage after he had finished his vocals, leaving the rest of the band to finish the song without him. Also, Curtis very rarely spoke to the audience at gigs apart from the occasional "thank you" at the end of a song. At the Preston Warehouse gig in 1980, Curtis was unusually talkative (in order to keep the audience informed of the equipment failure the band suffered partway through the set). This gig has since been issued on a CD which culminates in a particularly intense version of "She's Lost Control" despite the equipment failures.
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