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It's Friday, so before heading off to the boozer for the traditional end-of-week "editorial meeting", we at the El Reg Bootnotes department thought we'd sign out by pointing our beloved readers at this entertaining miniature interpretation of Joy Division's Transmission ... Suffice it to say, inspired by this piece of …


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  1. Jedit Silver badge

    Wrong band

    "Dance, dance, dance to the radio" is a lyric from Bowie's "Let's Dance", not Joy Division.

    1. Evil Auditor Silver badge


      What did you smoke?!

    2. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Wrong band

      Presumably, then, Bowie should get a lawyer and a Ouija board for some otherworldly litigation, cos Ian Curtis evidently ripped the Thin White Duke off, and no messing.

    3. Anonymous Coward

      Taxi for Mr Jedit...

      Get your coat, you clueless muppet.

      1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: Taxi for Mr Jedit...

        You're all idiots. Clearly the correct answer is 'Radio Gaga', by Lady Gaga.

    4. johnnytruant

      Jedit's google must be broken

      "Let's dance, to the song they're playin' on the radio" - Bowie, Let's Dance

      "Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio" - Joy Division, Transmission

    5. Dave Murray

      Ha Ha!

      You could at least have watched the clip, then you wouldn't have made yourself look like such a tool.

      Great clip. Well done those playmobil artistes!

    6. Anonymous Coward

      David Bowie?

      No. Just no. Stoppit!

    7. Cazzo Enorme

      Peers over top of spectacles

      Joy Division - Transmission

      Released 1979

      David Bowie - Let's Dance

      Released 1983

      Jedit? You are the weakest link. Goodbye.

    8. Some Beggar


      Just logging in to point and laugh at the muppet along with everybody else.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Obviously not live

    The guitars weren't plugged in

    1. Scu
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      of course they weren't plugged in

      wireless instrument connections were all the rage in '79, oi!

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        I knew there'd be one. You've still got to plug in a wireless transmitter you dufus...

        1. Joe Flynn
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          Unless, of course, the transmitter was concealed in the body of the instrument, wired to the output internally.

  3. YumDogfood

    Never mind, its Friday.

    +1 GothPoint for this.

  4. Paul Johnston
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    What next then?

    1. MnM

      What next?

      How about the David Bowie ballad Enter Sandman, performed in the house style:

  5. Gianni Straniero

    Manic drummer

    Love the manic Stephen Morris.

    1. Darryl
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      This ^^

      Stephen Morris was definitely the best part

  6. Willington
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    I spent most of the song wondering how a Playmobil character who by design can't bend his arms was going to manage Ian Curtis' dance. All things considered, he didn't do at all bad.

  7. cosymart
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    Utterly Brilliant!

    Seriously impressive.

  8. Sabine Miehlbradt


    KISS - God of Thunder

  9. John Smith 23


    Bernhard Sumner looks weird and eerily realistic

  10. Stratman
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    Splendid stuff.

    Lookin' forward to Firestarter.

  11. EL Vark

    Hang on...

    Hooky's slapping a six-string fretless playmobass? Nearly ruined the illusion for me. Still, Tony Wilson would've loved this, RIP.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hang on...

      Hooky did make use of a six string Shergold bass for the late Joy Division / early New Order periods. Not for Transmission though.

  12. Geoffrey W

    the scariest thing

    was the constant smile on Ian Curtis' face, though I did hear him laugh...once...kinda...

  13. lostjohnny

    Pedant alert

    That bass has got too many strings.

    Also, I don't recall ever seeing Ian Curtis (or indeed the rest of Joy Division) smiling.

    Other that that: brilliant (oh, and can I laugh at Jedit too?)

  14. Morpho Devilpepper


    This can only be surpassed by a Playmobil version of Christian Death performing "Spiritual Cramp."

    I now have this odd urge to build statues of Joy Division's members in MineCraft. Good thing they now have multiple shades of black/grey wool...I'll be needing it.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re EPIC!!!

      Hmm, good call on the CD track (although Cavity would be even cooler), but I don't think Playmobil stretch to a Rozz Williams style hairdo!

  15. Furbian
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    Spectacularly funny!

    Had me in stitches! The smiles would have been even more out of place on 'Shadowplay'. Shame Playmobile figures have fixed legs that meant that the late Mr. Curtis's leg movements weren't quite captured as well as they could have been ....

  16. Ojustaboo

    Here's a good cover version

  17. Astarte

    Missed point

    Interesting how so many experts can jump on the content for criticism and so few applaud or even acknowledge the effort put in to making this work of art for our delectation. It must have taken ages - good camera work, choreography, editing and direction. How many rehearsals there must have been.

    Congratulations to all involved - Encore, encore.

  18. Anonymous Coward

    Shouldn't that read


  19. Peter Murphy
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    I love how the animators Playmobil Joy Division AND the TV crew filming them in 1979. It's the little details that count.

    May there be more Manchester musical minature manipulations... like the Smiths. Or the Happy Mondays, with Bez naturally doing his dancing on stage. That's one guy with a face made for the Playmobil smile!

  20. Dave 62



    This just made my day.

    {that aside.. jedit.. trolling or something? No one is that stupid and everyone knows this song! Although I bet "dance to the radio" is a pretty common line! Oh! I've! Come! Over! All! Yahoo!)

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