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Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures is being reimagined song-by-song for its 40th anniversary

It was 40 years ago this past weekend that Joy Division released Unknown Pleasures, one of the most influential post-punk records of all time. To commemorate the occasion, Warren Jackson, the band’s visual coordinator (how do you get that gig?) has commissioned ten brand new films designed to re-imagine JD’s music for 2019.

It’s an interesting concept, especially since when Unknown Pleasures came out, it was heralded as containing “songs from the future.”

Jackson corralled a series of artists to create these films (one per song) which will be released over the rest of 2019. The first is for “I Remember Nothing” and was directed by an Icelandic duo known as Helgi and Hörður. Note that this clip features actor Baltasar Breki Samper who appeared in HBO’s Chernobyl.

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