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Interzone

This page contains the following information about this Joy Division song:
  • details of every known studio recording and every official release;
  • details of any live performances which appear on an official release;
  • my transcription of the song lyrics, noting any significant variations;
  • known cover versions by other artists, and any other interesting facts.
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Track history
Recorded on May 3rd/4th 1978 at Arrow Studios, Manchester
This version released on Warsaw and on Heart and Soul
Recorded in April 1979 at Strawberry Studios, Stockport
Released on Unknown Pleasures and on Heart and Soul
Reconstructed in this later version for two voices with additional lyrics
Live performance on July 13th 1979 at The Factory released on Heart and Soul
In this and other live performances Peter Hook takes the second vocal part
Live performance released from February 28th 1980 at The Warehouse, Preston

Lyrics The second voice in the later versions
I walked through the city limits
Attracted by some force within it
Around a corner where some profit lay
A wire fence where the children play
And I was looking for a friend of mine
Yeah, looking for some friends of mine
 
Someone talked me in to trying to do it
Had to close my eyes to get close to it
Saw the place where she'd a room to stay
Saw the bed where the body lay
And I had no time to waste
Car screeched - hear the sound on dust    
Metallic blue turned red with rust
In a group all forgotten youth
[or in the Warsaw version:
  Stood apart all forgotten youth]
Turned on to a knife-edged view
And I was looking for a friend of mine
Yeah, looking for some friends of mine
 
Heard a noise - just a car outside
Pulled in close by the building's side
Had to think - collect my senses now
 
 
Find the places where my friends don't go
And I had no time to waste
Down the dark streets
The houses looked the same
I walked round and round
They nailed me to a train
Trying to find a clue
[or in the Warsaw version:
  Had to get away]
Trying to find a way to get out
 
Getting darker now
Faces look the same
No stomach - torn apart
Had to think again
Trying to move away
 
 
Had to move away and keep out
Saw twelve windows - ten in a row
The lights shine like a neon show
[or in the Warsaw version:
  The lights shine - an unearthly glow]
No place to stop - no place to go
I guess they died some time ago
And I was looking for a friend of mine
Yeah, looking for some friends of mine
Behind a wall I looked down low
Inserted deep - felt a warmer glow
 
 
No time to lose - had to keep on going
I guess they died some time ago
And I had no time to waste

Other information
The title Interzone was taken from the story by William S Burroughs
Cover versions by:Released on:
AutotrashBeat Me Up Baby EP (own release 2008)
BassholesInterzone (Seldom Scene SEEN04 1997)
When My Blue Moon Turns Red Again (In The Red 59 1998)
Betty KrackerBent Outta Shape (own release 2008)
Bruce BannerI've Had It With Humanity (Busted Heads BHR27 2004)
Crimson ScarletCVLT Nation Sessions: Unknown Pleasures (CVLT Nation 2014)
Digital SexDigital Sex at Sharkey's (live concert video 1994)
Face To FaceA Means To An End (Virgin 40660-2 1995)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Australia (Pylon 20/21 2011)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Leeds (Westworld 104 2017)
Andrew IoannidisJust A Bit Too Deep (Soundwavescape 2011)
Karma In Auge3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
Moving UnitsCollision With Joy Division (Lolipop / Flowers of Romance 2017)
Speed BlueSomething About Joy Division (Vox Pop VP3 1989)
StardogCover Up (A West Side Fabrication WeCD204 2002)
Play Covers (A West Side Fabrication WeSAM0410 2010)
Stardom3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
Warrior SoulDrugs, God and the New Republic (Geffen 24389 1991)
Drugs, God and the New Republic (Escapi 51 2006)
(the re-release also has a live version as a bonus track)
Live In England (Livewire/Cargo LW023-2 2008)

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