A wry view of life for the world-weary

Gift Of The Week


Perhaps it is not so surprising but one of my all-time favourite bands are the late and long lamented Joy Division whose two masterpieces, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, with their broody, gloomy atmospheric soundscapes are up there with the best ever albums. Another of my favourite bands, more for their wit than their musical accomplishment, was Half Man Half Biscuit whose tenth album, Achtung Bono, featured the track Joy Division Oven Gloves.

It is that time of the year when people are furiously scratching their heads trying to find the perfect gift for the man who has everything. Well, the enterprising souls from have taken a leaf out of the Biscuits’ songbook and are flogging Joy Division oven gloves, no less.

Not sure about how tasteful this is, though. After all, joy division was the name given to areas in German concentration camps in the Second World War where under duress female prisoners offered their services to the guards.


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