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The Eternal (1980)

Just found out that today is the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death. It was down to a choice between either this or ‘Decades’ as the most appropriate (i.e. suicidally depressing) track to commemorate the occasion. Both, of course, achingly sad songs at any remove.

May 18th, 2010.

6 Responses to “The Eternal (1980)”

  1. Fintan Says:

    Well you could have played safe and gone Love will tear us apart but then most would probably think thats the song from the beer ad.

  2. gueuleton Says:

    I’m no authority on Ian Curtis but I never bought torn between two women theory for his suicide. Not to be too Nuts magazine about it or anything but any guy I know with two women on the go is far more likely to waaayheeey! than top themselves.

  3. Eoin Says:

    Loathe as I am to echo anyone’s Nuts magazine-esque sentiments, I actually agree with you there. It’s the same with Hank Williams – always portrayed posthumously as a man torn between different women.

    Seems more palatable to people (and perhaps flattering to their survivors) to understand things in those terms, rather than grapple with the notion of existential despair.

    In Hamlet, Gertrude insists on believing that her son is hung up on Ophelia. It’s the same thing…

  4. Adrian Russell · Transmission Says:

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  5. DD Says:

    The only thing not depressing about that video is the person who keeps putting their finger over the lens. Carbon monoxide time other than that.

  6. Eoin Says:

    Yeah, that’s a chink of light right there.

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