Saturday, August 11, 2007
I'm DJing at my friend's wedding tomorrow, so I spent my Friday night going through records and CDs and lists and plans. Had the TV on in the background and Newsnight comes on and after tales of share crashes, Kirsty Wark gives me one of those "Oh....shit!" moments.
"...and Tony Wilson has died..."
Now, I've got a few music related things stuck up around my room. But pride of place on my wardrobe doors are two art prints of two Factory record releases: New Order's 'True Faith' and Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. Without Tony Wilson, those records probably wouldn't ever have existed.
There will be far better obituaries written about the great man, but to me he was Joy Division, New Order, The Happy Mondays and The Hacienda, or more importantly it's influence. He made a Southern London boy like me jealous of the music scene in Manchester. He was an amazing bloke, and we surely won't see his like again.
Tomorrow I'll play The Mondays' 'Step On'. And people will dance. I can't think of any greater tribute than that. Sincere respect is due.
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