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Koi Division is the only fish-based Joy Division cover band you need

It appears Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground has finally been supplanted as the number one parody/tribute band whose songs are all based around one arbitrary noun. Enter Koi Division, a Joy Division parody band that writes songs about, you guessed it, fish. According to its website, the fish-mask-wearing quartet is the “only Fish Goth Joy Division parody cover band that matters,” a title that’s not likely to be challenged anytime soon.

Every aspect of the band has been thoroughly attuned to the fish theme, with members donning the aquatic monikers Ian Clownfish, Hook, Bernard Salmon, and Steve Moray. Classic Joy Division tracks “Disorder,” “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” and “Transmission” are rewritten to become “Fishorder,” “Lure Will Catch Us A Carp,” and “Trout Fishin.’” The new, pun-filled lyrics may not carry the same emotional weight as Ian Curtis’ original verse, but there’s something special about seeing a man put his whole heart into singing about the short, brutal life of a fish. Here’s a selection from “Trout Fishin’” that’s sure to resonate with Fish Goths everywhere:

We all swim on
in the streams and the ponds
Hiding from predators just to
breed all our spawn

Along comes the fishline
with a tasty worm treat
We have no resistance
We all must eat

Flop flop flop flop flop
in the fishing boat
Flop flop flop flop flop
in the fishing boat
Flop flop flop flop flop
in the fishing boat
Flop flop flop flop flop
in the fishing boat


It’s the type of commitment to a bit that sounds tedious on paper but in practice is actually kind of admirable. If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to see this madness for yourself, Koi Division will be playing Ham & Eggs Tavern on September 11.

[via Boing Boing]

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Dan Neilan

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