It’s been a while, as yer man from Staind once warbled.

NO ENCORE‘s music x movies spin-off comes in from the cold as Dave Hanratty, David Higgins and Norma Howard return with thoughts on two biopic-type efforts; Control and 24 Hour Party People. Both focus on the rise and fall of Joy Division, while also making considerable room for the wider ‘Madchester’ scene of the 70s and 80s.

Which film better captures Ian Curtis? Is it possible to divorce Steve Coogan from Alan Partridge? Are the Happy Mondays the worst band of all time? All these questions and more considered on this here edition.

ACT ONE: A lengthy enough ‘What We’ve Been Watching’ catch-up.

ACT TWO [29:00]: Let’s talk about Control and 24 Hour Party People.

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