A Joy Division Puzzle

4 Mar

I came across a song recently called “Radio City of Love” by Japanese singer, Morio Agata.   It’s on a hard to find reissue compilation called “Vanity – Finest Selection, 1978-81.” As a life-long Joy Division fan, I find it fascinating that I wouldn’t have heard this song before this week.

It’s ridiculously close to “She’s Lost Control” – or “She’s Lost Control” is ridiculously close to it.  I’m not sure which came first.  It seems like they both came out in 1979, so it’s anybody’s guess, but the information I can find is very minimal.

Regardless, it’s shocking to not have heard this, or have ever even heard a discussion about the similarity of the  two tracks.  Listen for yourself here and here.

Weird!  Does anyone have any info?

Signed,

Curious in Margauxville

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One Response to “A Joy Division Puzzle”

  1. jonathan.shipman@mccann.com March 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    From the great new Vanity Records comp, Vanity: Finest Selection 1978-1981. Vanity was a short-lived, experimental electronic/post-punk label in the late ’70′s/early 80′s. This track from folk-rock singer-turned electro pop experimentalist Morio Agata sounds a dead ringer for Joy Division‘s “She’s Lost Control.” Almost TOO much, but I love it. Even though this was just released a couple of months ago, it was limited to 1000 copies on white vinyl, and is already hard to come by. If you see it, pick it up.

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