On October 7th, 1979, Joy Division released their iconic single “Transmission”. The band had previously debuted the single on youth television program Something Else, with this performance later being used as the official music video for the song.
Not unlike their debut album Unknown Pleasures, which features a wave plotting of pulsar CP 1919 on its cover, the 7 inch sleeve for “Transmission” features the Orion Nebula, that was in 1880 the first object of its kind to ever be photographed. The 12 inch sleeve has features a rocket.
The B-side for Transmission is the song “Novelty”.
Watch our animated video below discussing both Unknown Pleasures and “Transmission”.
“Transmission” took more than 17 months to get a official release after it’s first recording at Arrow studios on May 4th, 1978. The tracks from this session were for a scrapped debut LP Warsaw, which was to be released through RCA records.
Listen to the Arrow Studios version of “Transmission” below: