Formed in Manchester in the fall 1976 as Stiff Kittens with Bernard, Peter and Terry. Ian probably joined them under the Sex Pistols/The Clash - gig (The Anarchy Tour) in Manchester on December 1976.

They never played or recorded anything under this name and Terry was a lousy drummer, so he decided to become manager instead. Tony Tabac became the new drummer late in May. They changed name to Warsaw (after the song "Warszawa" from Bowie's "Low" album) before the first gig. Their first gig was at The Electric Circus in Manchester on May 1977, a couple of days after Tony had joined them.

Tony Tabac stayed for five weeks and half a dozen gigs. New drummer: Steve Brotherdale. He came just in time to participate on the recording of "The Warsaw Demo" on July 1977. But also Steve left after a short time. He even tried to persuade Ian to follow him and join the group Panik, but Ian's voice didn't fit Panik's melodies so Ian stayed with Warsaw.

Once again Warsaw got a new drummer: Steve Morris. But now the line-up was complete: Ian, Peter, Bernard and Steve would later go on as Joy Division...


To the centre of the city where all roads meet - waiting for you
To the depths of the ocean where all hopes sank - searching for you
Moving through the silence without motion - waiting for you
In a room with a window in the corner I found truth

In the shadowplay, acting out your own death - knowing no more
As the assassins all grouped in four lines, dancing on the floor
And with cold steel, odour on their bodies, made a move to connect
I could only stare in disbelief as the crowds all left

I did everything, everything I wanted to
I let them use you for their own ends
To the centre of the city in the night - waiting for you
To the centre of the city in the night - waiting for you