Joy Division ‎– Komakino

Label:
Factory ‎– FAC 28
Format:
Flexi-disc, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
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Tracklist

A Komakino 2:44
B1 Incubation 3:42
B2 As You Said 1:51

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A free flexi-disc given away in record stores, released in generic die-cut paper sleeve.
Although unnoticed, these tracks are from the Britannia Row Studios session for Closer, March 18-30, 1980 that didn't end up on the album.
On release, Factory stated that this disc would never be deleted from its catalogue. At least 75,000 copies were pressed.

A side label:
18/4/80 FAC 28*
* This is a free record

B side label:
18/4/80 FAC Reject*
*This record should not have cost you anything, wherever or however it was obtained."

A Fractured Music
A Factory Record

B2 is not listed on the disc's tracklisting. Its correct title is 'As You Said', but is also known as 'And Then Again' or 'Incubation 2'.
It is also listed as 'As You Like It' on a master tape box from Strawberry Studios.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Hand-etched A side): LYN 8188-IS MAX
  • Matrix / Runout (Hand-etched B side): LYN 8187-IS MAX

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FAC 28 Joy Division Komakino(Flexi, 7", Single) Factory (US) FAC 28 US 1981 Sell This Version
FAC 28 Joy Division Komakino(Flexi, 7", Single, M/Print) Factory FAC 28 UK 1980 Sell This Version
none Joy Division Komakino(Flexi, 7", Unofficial, Gre) Not On Label (Joy Division) none UK Unknown Sell This Version

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BobAtchum

BobAtchum

April 8, 2016
Funny seeing 39 sales of a record showing *This record should not have cost you anything, wherever or however it was obtained." on b-side label... Cruel world :-)
BenAbstrakt

BenAbstrakt

November 15, 2015
Picked up a New Order - Ceremony (FAC33) 7", which looks unplayed at a record swap and found this flexi inside. Wonder if it was ever packaged with FAC33. Both look totally unplayed.
WALJIM23

WALJIM23

May 17, 2015
I have KOMACKINO in a white label 33tr.( 12") with 10 tracks on it...I have bought it a long time ago, in a record's convention near Paris ;)
Gesammelte

Gesammelte

April 7, 2014
edited over 3 years ago
In a strange twist of fate - something deemed as surplus or a novelty item by Factory in 1980 - contains some of Joy Division's finest ever work. 'Komakino' marries a mystery play in Curtis' oblique vocals with a gurgling stream-like tune with true mystery at its heart. Curtis' invocation of a possible state of conflict of personal belief system versus the complexity of real life is the dovetail with the lyric, "as the questions arise and the answers don't fit, into my way of things". The song unfolds with harmonizing feedback and some generally inspired playing from Messrs Sumner, Hook and Morris. The guitar and bass riffs coil around each other and the drum patterns and rolls are worthy of the best crooked funk. There is something cheerful about this tune, which makes it something pleasant to listen, unlike some of the material on 'Unknown Pleasures'. 'Incubation' is equally as good, but relying on the pure groove going on within the disco beat against the excellent squalling and compellingly scratchy rhythm guitar of Curtis and the inspired riffery of Sumner. 'Incubation' is about growing stuff, and it does. One of the band's best pieces in their short career. The beatific vibe of 'As You Said' is the satisfying close to this 7" in saying more with less. A successful sketch more than a studied worked up piece, it doesn't need anymore time to its 1:58. A Kraftwerk vibe is dominant with a conglomeration of simple electronic drums with sparse synths and warped modulated sounds drifting in and out of the mix - this piece mirrors the development of the earliest house music happening at the same time in the USA, and tips a friendly nod to Cabaret Voltaire and Can. This flexi-disk is a beautiful experimental and funky microcosm, and these three pieces vividly point the way to the future material Joy Division may have come up with if Ian Curtis hadn't committed suicide in May 1980.
CARLJA1960

CARLJA1960

October 1, 2012
If memory serves mine was in my 12" copy of Atmosphere.