This article integrates Popular Music Studies, Film Studies and Fashion Studies tooffer a comparative analysis of Joy Division and U2 in the cinema. It focuses prima-rily on the filmsControl(Corbijn, 2007) andRattle and Hum(Joanou, 1988), andlooks at how popular musical performance and sub-cultural style are intertwinedwith the representation of city space and the construction of metropolitan identities. It does this via consideration of filmic style but in a manner sensitive to the broader sociopolitical and popular musical discourses that frame these representations. The article argues that popular music’s relationship to the cinema, and to representationsof place, has been much neglected in Film Studies. As such, it considers the rock/ performance/fashion/place nexus in some detail.