Control

From the David Bowie news page. I am kind of totally psyched about this. Maybe the album more so than the movie. Conjures up nostalgic memories of my dark, depressed high school days…

If I Can’t Control My Destiny

Like many of the musicians of his generation (and beyond) with anything worth saying, Ian Curtis, late singer of Joy Division and subject of new movie, Control, was clearly a huge fan of the work of David Bowie.

The Control OST album, due via Warner on October 3rd, includes three Bowie compositions: Iggy Pop‘s version of Sister Midnight (Bowie/Pop/Alomar) and two Bowie originals: Drive In Saturday (Bowie) and Warszawa (Bowie/Eno).

In fact, Warszawa was the track that inspired Joy Division’s first name, Warsaw.

Additionally, the film itself utilises The Jean Genie to superb effect (please excuse low quality grab below) when the teenage Curtis is shown miming barechested to the song in front of his bedroom mirror.

Curtis, who hanged himself aged 23 in May 1980 while The Idiot played on his turntable, is portrayed brilliantly throughout the film by actor Sam Riley. Likewise, the lonely figure of the tragic singer’s wife, Deborah Curtis, played by Samantha Morton.

Control is the feature length debut of photographer/director Anton Corbijn who was responsible for the best known and more memorable images of Ian Curtis and Joy Division…and he’s taken some pretty impressive pictures of David Bowie too, for that matter.

I’ll leave you with the tracklisting for the Control OST album, which is just about as cool as the movie that The Independent newspaper has already dubbed “The coolest British movie of 2007”.

  1. Exit – New Order
  2. What Goes On – The Velvet Underground + Ian Dialogue
  3. Shadowplay (Joy Division cover) – The Killers
  4. Boredom (Live) – The Buzzcocks
  5. Dead SoulsJoy Division + Rain, Beginning of Dialogue
  6. End of Dialogue + She Was NakedSupersister
  7. Sister MidnightIggy Pop
  8. Love Will Tear Us ApartJoy Division
  9. Problems (Live) – Sex Pistols
  10. Bernard/Ian Dialogue + HypnosisNew Order + Ian Dialogue
  11. Drive In Saturday – David Bowie
  12. Evidently Chickentown – John Cooper Clarke
  13. 2HB – Roxy Music
  14. TV Dialogue + Transmission (Cast Version) – Joy Division
  15. Car Noises + Autobahn – Kraftwerk
  16. Ian/Debbie Dialogue + Atmosphere – Joy Division
  17. Warszawa – David Bowie
  18. Ian Dialogue + Get Out – New Order

Keep an eye on the official Control website which will start transmission soon and will include reviews and pictures from the Edinburgh premiere, and new content including exclusive clips, script excerpts, music, information on advance screenings and lots more.
Total Blam Blam – (BowieNet News Editor)