New Order’s 18-minute tribute to former Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis ‘Elegia’ has surfaced online – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.
The band released a shortened five-minute version of the song on their 1985 album ‘Low-Life’, but Pitchfork reports that the full rendition of the track is now being released on 12″ vinyl by Slow To Speak and is available to order now via Dope Jams.
The release will also feature the tracks ‘5-8′-6′, which featured on the band’s album ‘Power, Corruption And Lies’, and ‘The Him’, which was also penned as a tribute to Curtis.
Joy Division released their debut album ‘Unknown Pleasures’ in 1979, but Curtis committed suicide two months before the release of their second and final album, ‘Closer’, in 1980. The band’s other members Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris renamed themselves New Order and later recruited Morris’s girlfriend, Gillian Gilbert, for the line-up.
New Order announced their reformation late last year, with keyboard player Gillian Gilbert, who hadn’t performed with the band for over 10 years, rejoining and bass duties taken on by Tom Chapman, who was part of frontman Bernard Sumner’s recent project Bad Lieutenant.
Hook, however, is not part of the reformed line-up and later accused Chapman of miming along to his bass parts when the band play live. New Order responded to Hook’s allegations by telling NME that although part of Chapman’s bassline is pre-recorded, they are not using any of Hook’s basslines in their live show.