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This page contains the following information about this Joy Division song:
  • details of every known studio recording and every official release;
  • details of any live performances which appear on an official release;
  • my transcription of the song lyrics, noting any significant variations;
  • known cover versions by other artists, and any other interesting facts.
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Track history
Recorded on October 11th 1978 at Cargo Studios, Rochdale
Originally released on The Factory Sample double 7" compilation EP
Also released on Substance, on Heart and Soul and on Best Of Joy Division
Live performance released from January 18th 1980 at De Effenaar, Eindhoven
Live performance on May 2nd 1980 at Birmingham University released on Still

Feel it closing in - feel it closing in
A fear of whom I call - every time I call
I feel it closing in - I feel it closing in
Day in, day out --

I feel it closing in, as patterns seem to form
I feel it cold and warm, as shadows start to fall
[or in the Still and Effenaar live versions:
  I feel it closing in, as shadows start to form
  I feel it cold and warm - patterns on the wall]
I feel it closing in - I feel it closing in
Day in, day out --

I'd have the world around to see just what happens
Stood by the door alone, and then it's fade away
I see you fade away - don't ever fade away
I need you here today - don't ever fade away
Don't ever fade away --
Fade away --

Other information
This track was recorded in the band's first session with Martin Hannett as producer
The title was reputedly inspired by Martin Hannett's AMS Digital Delay equipment
Digital was also the last song performed at Joy Division's final concert in May 1980
Cover versions by:Released on:
DJ MethodistDigital (Post Office POR 16 2005)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Australia (Pylon 20/21 2011)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Substance: Live in Manchester (Live Here Now 2016)
Unknown Pleasures: Live in Leeds (Westworld 104 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: at Hebden Bridge (Live Here Now 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Camden (Live Here Now 2017)
MagpieA Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)
Midget LambadaWalk In Line, Walk In Silence (Red Nail Music RNM023 2002)
Moving UnitsCollision With Joy Division (Lolipop / Flowers of Romance 2017)
New Order5 11 (Warner 49366 2002 - DVD/video)
  (recorded live at Finsbury Park in June 2002)
Available on various bootlegs of live performances
OrganizmWarszawa: Tribute To Joy Division (Kuka KR001CD 2007)
Seconde ChambreVictoires Prochaines 83-89 (Brouillard Définitif CD005 2008)
Susan and
  the Surftones
Direction (Acme Brothers 2010)

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