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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
Live performance on February 29th 1980 at The Lyceum released on Heart and Soul
Recorded in March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios, Islington, London
Released on Closer, on Permanent, on Heart and Soul and on Best Of Joy Division
Live performance on May 2nd 1980 at Birmingham University released on Still

In fear every day, every evening
He calls her aloud from above
Carefully watched for a reason
Painstaking devotion and love
Surrendered to self-preservation
From others who care for themselves
A blindness that touches perfection
But hurts just like anything else
Isolation --

Mother I tried, please believe me
I'm doing the best that I can
I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through
I'm ashamed of the person I am
Isolation --

But if you could just see the beauty
These things I could never describe
These pleasures a wayward distraction
Is this my one lucky prize?
[or in the Still and H&S live versions:
  This is my one consolation
  This is my one lucky prize]
Isolation --

Other information
Cover versions by:Released on:
Agressiva 69Warszawa: Tribute To Joy Division (Kuka KR001CD 2007)
Out (2.47 Records ECD069 2007)
ArThRoPodInsect Inside (own release 2008)
BleakenedGrungechaos (own release 1997)
Carissa's WierdScrap Book (own release 2003)
30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
A Tribute to Joy Division: Shadowplay (Syborgmusic sbm019 2013)
Crooked NecksSomething Must Break (Handmade Birds HB-WLS023 2011)
Data-Bank-AIsolation (KO City Studio KO7 1986)
Continental Drift (KO City Studio 1986)
Access Denied / Isolation EP (Subtronic SUB011 1993)
DessauIsolation (Carlyle Records CR-5588 1988)
Exercise In Tension (Carlyle Records CR-6689 1988)
Dessau (Mausoleum 60016 1995)
Legends of Rock: Down & Dirty (Pet Rock 60049 1999)
Die KruppsMetalmorphosis of Die Krupps: 81-92 (Cleopatra 9812 1996)
Darkest Hour (Cleopatra 29 1997)
A Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
(this is a bonus track on the download version of the album)
DiveExtended Play (Discordia 1994)
A Change Of Speed, A Change Of Style (OVR CD0001 2015)
Eleventh Dream Day  Live version recorded but not released commercially
4-Track AttackWalk In Line, Walk In Silence (Red Nail Music RNM023 2002)
Peter Hook
  and The Light
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2013)
So This Is Permanence: Live in Macclesfield (Play Concert 2015)
Closer: Live in Manchester (Westworld 105 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: at Hebden Bridge (Live Here Now 2017)
Unknown Pleasures / Closer: Live in Camden (Live Here Now 2017)
Iv/AnICB35 / ICD35 (own release 2015)
Jane HorrocksIsolation (Redbush Entertainment 2013)
If ThousandsYellowstone (Chairkickers 007 2002)
Isolation BerlinTrue Faith (Rolling Stone Rare Trax 94 2015)
KristalTransmitiendo Desde América Del Sur (Licor de Mono 2007)
Low Fi3.5 Decades: A Joy Division Italian Tribute (Darkitalia dar001 2014)
LunchCVLT Nation Sessions: Closer (CVLT Nation 2015)
Moving UnitsCollision With Joy Division (Lolipop / Flowers of Romance 2017)
My Robot FriendAmerica Is Automatic / Isolation (defDrive 2006 - 3 mixes)
New Order3 16 (Warner 84802 2001 - DVD)
  (recorded live at the Reading Festival in 1998)
Crystal (Warner NUDVD8 2001 - DVD)
  (recorded live at the Reading Festival in 1998)
In Session (Strange Fruit SFRSCD128 2004)
  (recorded for a BBC radio John Peel session in 1998)
Also available on various bootlegs of live performances
Live at Bestival 2012 (Sunday Best SBESTCD60 2013)
  Celery Farmers
Vatican On The Loose (own release 2003)
Patrick O'DonnellLimbo (Skoda 11 2001)
Opera Multi Steel30 years with(out) Ian Curtis: Transmission (Infrastition Fin056 2010)
Russ PayCloser Still (Dressed To Kill FUCT354 2000)
Released several times in compilations for digital downloading
(this version appears under several different artists' names)
The Punk GroupSex, Drum Machines and Rock 'n' Roll (own release 2009)
Silo String QuartetTribute to New Order and Joy Division (Vitamin 8451 2003)
Smashing PumpkinsAvailable on various bootlegs of live performances
StarchildrenA Means To An End (Virgin 40660-2 1995)
SteevWelcome To Celebrity Fog Donkey (Spymania SPY011 1999)
SubgudBalance (Ego Development 001 1997)
Therapy?Troublegum (A&M 540-196 1994)
Isolation (A&M 580-833 1994)
Stories (A&M 581-105 1995)
We're Here to the End (Blast BLASTCD 001 2010)
Trance to the SunCeremonial (Mere Mortal MMP-1 1995)
All The Covers: 1995-2001 (Projekt ARC00039 2011)
Volvo TapesA Different Story (Spazio Gerra Produzioni SGP01 2010)
Wino and
  Conny Ochs
Labour Of Love (Latitudes GMT 0:26 2012)
YouthinasiaWalk In Line, Walk In Silence (Red Nail Music RNM023 2002)

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