Gothtopia

Five Joy Division Covers That Don't Suck

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5. Bauhaus, "Transmission" It's unfortunate that better-quality versions of this stunning cover of "Transmission" by Bauhaus on their 2006 tour don't exist, save this one, which cuts off before the end. Still, the one seen above is sublime because it captures Peter Murphy's manic Ian Curtis-esque dancing throughout their performance of the Joy Division classic.

An honorable mention also goes to San Antonio's Girl in a Coma who took a haunting approach to the track and the Smashing Pumpkins, who essentially transformed it into a Smashing Pumpkins song.

4. John Frusciante, "New Dawn Fades" A staple of ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante's live sets, "New Dawn Fades" is a song that Froosh rocks with his signature intensity even when playing it on his acoustic. There's a mournful beauty to the track that he really brings out in this performance from 2001 that grabs me.

3. Nachtmystium, "The Eternal" Artsy black-metal weirdos from Illinois, Nachtmystium, covering Joy Division shouldn't come as a huge surprise, but it still caught me off-guard when I first heard about it. I also shouldn't have been surprised to hear that they took it on with the appropriate seriousness, covering it with a stark faithfulness yet deftly imbuing it with their own sound as well.

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