“A lot of people think he was on drugs. He wasn’t on any drugs at all. That was just him losing himself in the music.” So said Ian Curtis’ former Joy Division bandmate, Stephen Morris, of his extraordinary dancing.
26 years ago today, Ian Curtis lost his battle with depression at the age of just 23. In his short life, he released two seminal albums, and cultivated one of the most captivating live performance styles of all time.
Dubbed, perhaps a little insensitively, his “epilepsy dance” (Curtis suffered from epilepsy, as did the subject of his song ‘Control’), Curtis’ twitchy, possessed dance moves are inimitable.
“When we rehearsed he used to literally just sit in the corner mumbling into a microphone,” said Morris, "and then you’d do a gig with him and he’d turn into this… dervish thing.”