Original Soundtrack - Control [Original Soundtrack]

Original Soundtrack - Control [Original Soundtrack]
Release Date:
October 30, 2007
Alternative/Indie Rock, Original Score, Post-Punk, Soundtracks, Proto-Punk
Recording Location:
The Roxy
Control [Original Soundtrack]

Initial screenings of Control were met with no short amount of praise, including a standing ovation at Cannes and approval from each surviving member of Joy Division, so it is not a surprise that the film's soundtrack -- released the same day as Rhino's Joy Division "collector's edition" (not to be confused with "deluxe edition") reissues of Unknown Pleasures, Closer, and Still -- is commendable as well, put together with similar degrees of knowledge and care, though a second disc containing New Order's full score would not have been a bad thing. Nearly every proto-punk artist a Joy Division expert would expect to hear in the film's background is represented: a who's who featuring the Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Kraftwerk, Iggy Pop, and two David Bowies (the glam and Berlin/Eno Bowies). Can would've likely made sense, or perhaps even Nektar (there is actual published photographic evidence that Ian Curtis was a Nektar fan), but there are no miscues, and there is enough to open up a new world for those who are only slightly familiar with the band and its roots. Out of the inclusions released prior to Joy Division's formation, there is one surprise, and it is the fantastically frilly and schizophrenic "She Was Naked" by obscure Holland prog rockers Supersister -- in the liner notes, director Anton Corbijn, who photographed Joy Division shortly after relocating from Holland to England in 1979, alludes to pulling a fast one with the song's insertion, only to find out that JD drummer Steven Morris had each of the band's albums. Representation from JD contemporaries is limited to Buzzcocks (a post-Howard Devoto live version of "Boredom," recorded at the Roxy) and an F-word-laced rant from John Cooper Clarke. The actual Joy Division material here could be called the big three: "Dead Souls," "Love Will Tear Us Apart," "Atmosphere." A version of "Transmission" recorded by the cast members is impressive, almost uncanny, while the Killers' cover of "Shadowplay" gets better after the intro and even better once you're able to block out the vocals. One potential deal-breaker: though the disc is enhanced by the inclusion of dialogue as some tracks segue from one to another, it could be frustrating for listeners making their own mixes and playlists.

Exit / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris / Bernard SumnerNew Order1:14
What Goes On / Lou ReedThe Velvet Underground5:07
Shadowplay / Ian Curtis / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris / Bernard SumnerThe Killers4:11
Boredom / Howard Devoto / Pete ShelleyBuzzcocks3:07
Dead Souls / Joy DivisionJoy Division4:51
She Was Naked / Robert Jan StipsSupersister3:53
Sister Midnight / Iggy PopIggy Pop4:18
Love Will Tear Us Apart / Joy DivisionJoy Division3:26
Hypnosis / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris / Bernard SumnerNew Order2:35
Drive In Saturday / David BowieDavid Bowie4:31
Evidently Chickentown / John Cooper Clarke / Martin Hannett / Stephen HopkinsJohn Cooper Clarke0:31
2HB / Bryan FerryRoxy Music4:29
Transmission / Joe Anderson / Sam RileyJoy Division3:02
Autobahn / Florian Schneider / Emil SchultKraftwerk11:23
Atmosphere / Joy DivisionJoy Division4:33
Warszawa / David Bowie / Brian EnoDavid Bowie6:21
Get Out / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris / Bernard SumnerNew Order2:42