64 Fleetwood Mac vs. 65 Joy Division

Fleetwood Mac rose to fame in the 1970s behind classics like “Rhiannon” and “Go Your Own Way”. Their creative highpoint came while recording the “Rumours” album, during which couples Christine and John McVie and Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks’ relationships were ending, adding a good deal of drama and meaningful undercurrent to the songs and performances.

Joy Division also rose to prominence in the 70s, although the group existed only from 1976 to 1980. Joy Division were pioneers of industrial music, with their music feeling measured, ominous and slightly detached. Ian Curtis’ lyrics were more personal, but filled with depression and fear over his battle with epilepsy. Curtis was unable to overcome his demons and committed suicide in 1980. The rest of the group went on to further success as New Order.


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  1. #1 by Phil Farmer on March 18, 2011 - 7:29 am

    I prefer the Peter Green/pre-chick era Fleetwood Mac. This would be a no-brainer were that the case.

    Still, not quite a coin flip pick.

    • #2 by tournamental on March 18, 2011 - 7:48 am

      I think it can be any era of a group you want. I’m a little less familiar with that era, so I stayed away for the write-up, but I was thinking a group would represent all eras and members of that band.

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