By Sean Bonner at 2:46 pm Wed, Feb 9, 2011
That's right. Joy Division's "Transmission" as performed by Playmobil toys in stop motion. It's right in all the wrong ways. [Video Link]
It should be noted that this used the audio of their only broadcast TV appearance on BBC2’s ‘Something Else’, a lesser known music program. It’s pretty much shot-for-shot, and I dont’t see much difference from the robotic performance of the original. Joy Division weren’t known for very exciting performances.
“Joy Division weren’t known for very exciting performances. ”
Unless you count the eternal question at a JD concert: Is Ian Curtis just dancing weird, or is he having an epileptic seizure?
I’m not kidding. It happened on at least one occasion, maybe more. (He also did get more animated than in this early performance, but he always had a rather herky jerky style of dancing, even before his diagnosis.)
I’d also have to go check the original to see if Peter Hook was playing a six string bass yet. I think this is a bit early for that.
I had no idea about the epilepsy. But Ian Curtis sure made Thom Yorke look like James Brown by comparison.
As Xeni said, ultimate BoingBoing post is right. This is… perhaps the archetypal BoingBoing post. Thanks Sean.
Press mute on either of the tracks. For best results pause both, let them buffer up a half-inch or so, then reload the page.
Actually, it tracks better if you set the start times to 11sec and 22sec, respectively.
The dancing is accurate, but they got the expression wrong. Ian Curtis never smiled. Ever.
they are all way, WAY too smiley. kinda freaks me out.
That drummer is AWESOME.
This song always makes me think of the movie “24 hour party people”. or at least the seen where JD is recording and the producer puts the drummer on the roof.
A rather wooden performance.
Oops, I meant plastic.
I gotta say, Ian Curtis hasn’t looked that good in years.
Joy Division were notoriously inconsistent in terms of how good they were live, but catch them on a good night and they were amazing.
Oh and there is a compilation of Ian Curtis dancing on you tube
pfft they are clearly miming.
Rubbish attempt at Ian Curtis dancing. You’d be better off getting rabbits to mime. I did try, but with limited success.
Yes, the real Ian Curtis was much more stilted and inflexible.
I know, it’s already been said, but — that drummer is made of AWESOME!
Now I want more videos and more playmobil drummers.
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