Grant-Lee Phillips’ Happiness: Joy Division’s “Twenty Four Hours”

grantleephillipsWhether it was as the guitarist who created the gothic-western landscape of Shiva Burlesque 20 years ago, the even bigger guitar sound of Grant Lee Buffalo that rode herd in the ’90s (while he screwed up his courage to get his feet wet as a singer) or his current solo career (a wonderfully diverse summation of most everything that’s come before), Grant-Lee Phillips has become a consummate musician. Little Moon (Yep Roc) is the kind of record you keep playing until the songs refuse to go away, even long after you’ve switched off the electronics. Phillips is guest editing all week, Read our Q&A with him.


Phillips: “Twenty Four Hours” by Joy Division came rumbling over the sound system the other day at Urban Outfitters. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. In fact, the voice of Ian Curtis and Peter Hook’s mournful basslines always had a way of pulling me in. A new generation is discovering the band and the albums Closer and Unknown Pleasures, wearing the T-shirts and sharing the catharsis that I’ve always gotten out of Joy Division. There are some out there who won’t ever get it, and that’s perfectly fine. That’s part of the charm as well. Video after the jump.