Years ago, when I was a lad, my mum used to make us all porridge for breakfast in winter. On the top, I’d spiral a big dollop of Lyle’s Golden Syrup and then, while eating the porridge, I’d read the tin.
Yes! There was a different flapjack recipe every time!
But also, as a constant reference point, next to a prostrate, flies-ridden lion, were the words;
‘Out of the strong came forth sweetness’
– which puzzled me immensely as a child.
Perhaps Paul Lester in yesterday’s Guardian Online was thinking the same about Joy Division! In an article about a new band called ‘Detachments’, is a phrase (remarkably similar to one he made last June), which said;
…it was a way out of the crawling chaos for Joy Division after their singer’s suicide; a design for a new life.
I see a Freudian slip going on here, or a desperate bit of journalese as a way to stick all the old Factory Records acts together. Either way, it gives me another chance to point this out!
It also gives me a chance to mirror, the Lyles Golden Syrup phrase and Lester’s continuing co-joining of Crawling Chaos & Joy Division in the same sentence. I wonder if Paul Lester had syrup on his porridge? Hmmm. Out of the strong came forth…
I’m leaning towards Freud. Because as you know, Freud said;
there are no slips!