On Joy Division/New Order

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I have a lot of respect for the surviving members of Joy Division. You might laugh but it’s true. Sure, the intervening years have provided a lot of reasons to shake one’s head in bemusement and disgust. There’s been the endless array of tacky merchandising peddled to people who have no idea who the band was; there’s the seemingly endless flogging of the nostalgia horse in the form of books and films; and don’t even get me started about Peter Hook’s decision to play the whole of Unknown Pleasures.

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Red Riders – The Last Ride

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After eight years, two EPs, two albums and countless shows across the country, Red Riders are about to call time on their career with farewell shows in Melbourne and Sydney. The shows will bring a close to a group that, from very early on, were weighed with many expectations; some that were delivered and some that have gone unfulfilled. It also sees founding member Adrian Deutsch rejoin the band for the first time since his departure in early 2008.

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