May 18 marked the 31st anniversary of the death of Joy Division front man Ian Curtis. While his death summoned the end of Joy Division, it also gave birth to New Order.
Why the history lesson? On June 6 this year, Rhino UK will release Total: From Joy Division to New Order, an 18 track retrospective of the two bands. Among the usual suspects of Love Will Tear Us Apart, Temptation and Regret, there is a pseudo new track, Hellbent. Most likely this new track will be the last new NO track we will ever hear, as the in fighting between Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook has pretty much broken up the band as we know it. Probably for good.
That being said, Hellbent isn’t the most memorable track in NO’s career, but has signs of classic traits that had made the band so successful form the 80’s through last decade. Which brings me to my shout out to Hooky and Barney: hey, if those two drug addicts over in Aerosmith can manage to fight, break up and get back together to make shitty music, why can’t you two do it too? Even a mediocre NO song, like Hellbent, is far better than Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on a good day. Alan, you got my back on this, right?
Anyway, check it out: