ICB (4:32)

Cover of Movement

From Movement and 2 other releases

Written by Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook & Gillian Gilbert
Produced by Martin Hannett.

Released November 1981 on Movement.

Notes ‘ICB’ is allegedly an acronym for ‘Ian Curtis Buried’ (a reference to Joy Division’s vocalist who committed suicide) however bassist, Peter Hook, interviewed in 2013, said this on the matter: “I think sometimes people just tend to read too much into things, what with it being a song on the first album we’d recorded since we lost Ian. But actually, I seem to remember us taking the initials ICB from the logo of a cargo company which we’d seen on the motorway, or something really trivial like that! I will have to rack my brains some more on this one but I’m sure that it was actually something as boring and trivial as that, sorry to disappoint everyone!”


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Where all things never die

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  • jpzitoleopold


    1 Jan 2014 Reply
  • PeterTheDJ


    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mascaramascara

    bsimpson1972 is dead on! absolutely stands on that line between where joy division were at the end and where new order were moving toward. wonderful to hear the song evolve from something cold to something warmer, more textured, and even a little playful. love!

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • hodowany

    The version of this track on Peel Sessions, in my option, is a better recording compared to the Movement LP.

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • lilacmerveille

    Sounds like a spacy version of "Dead Souls". Ian Curtis may be buried, but his soul will never die.

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • RockyRevolution

    this is such a great song.

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Delmothos

    Makes me think of a slower than usual Ian Curtis dance.

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ativke

    This one always makes R2 go crazy.

    20 Apr 2011 Reply
  • ChevyNovaSS

    I love the spacy sound near the end of the track

    7 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ToneLeMoan

    Best. Song. Ever. (There's not too many of those!)

    22 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ToneLeMoan

    Amazing track.

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • RachyRach

    I think this album is very Joy Division-ish, but especially this song. Wow!

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • JuliusNepos

    the production has a very Joy Division-esque sound to it

    12 May 2010 Reply
  • Brooklyn211

    GREAT !!!

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • bsimpson1972

    Erratum: Where I said "to Ian", I meant to say "from Ian". Sorry!

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • bsimpson1972

    ICB is the hommage, as well as the departure to Ian and it is fucking awesome! It hearkens back to everything JD and it also gets NO on its future tracks! What an amazing piece of music!

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • hodowany

    Most of the tracks on Movement are very much loyal to the Joy Division sound and mood. ICB, in my opinion, is the one track foreshadowing their future style. Very much aptly named Ian Curtis Buried.

    16 Feb 2009 Reply
  • miles_t

    so ahead of its time

    5 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Outrune

    lol I saw someone on alt.music.thecure saying it stands for "Interface Control Board"

    6 Oct 2008 Reply
  • tangyuan

    不错 喜欢。。

    22 Apr 2008 Reply
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