Discover New Music

Last.fm is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your Last.fm profile Close window

Joy Division

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Biography

Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (1976 – 1980)

Joy Division were a band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of Ian Curtis (vocals and occasional guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboards), Peter Hook (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Stephen Morris (drums and percussion). The band dissolved in May 1980 after the suicide of its lead singer, Ian Curtis. Much of their popularity/reputation arguably resulted from frequent playings on air by iconic DJ John Peel, but it is easy now to overlook the impact that the first album, Unknown Pleasures, had on post-punk music at the time, as reference the number of prominent bands that cited this album as an influence. The remaining members reformed as New Order and they have gone on to achieve much critical and commercial success.

With their dark, cavernous sound and their use of synthesizers and electronics, Joy Division are considered the pioneering band of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s and the early 1980s.

Though they found only modest success during their career, and released only two studio albums, Joy Division have since been acclaimed as one of the most inventive, evocative and influential groups of their era; Thom Jurek writes “They left just a small bit of music and an echo that still rings”.

1976

Videos

Top Albums

Listening Trend

1,759,942listeners all time
83,314,235scrobbles all time
#169 in last week’s chart
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history

Last.fm users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a Last.fm profile

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.
  • szymonjajo123

    Legend.

    yesterday evening Reply
  • doabarrelrol_

    Я, кстати, совершенно не понимаю, что слушали пацаны из этой группы, когда им было супергрустно, ну рили.

    Yesterday 2:44pm Reply
  • doabarrelrol_

    Хочу пороть герыч и слушать их песни.

    Yesterday 2:27pm Reply
  • Disvisonpunk86

    One the best bands I have ever heard. To me Ian Curtis was such an amazing front man who got lost and taken so soon at such a young age :( His music always will have a place in my heart <3

    Yesterday 11:39pm Reply
  • vigoloide

    Gostaria de dizer que está banda é muito boa ! Principalmente quando você usa drogas para surfar na batida deste som, uma brisa contagiante que da vontade de se matar, e saber o efeito colateral da aspirina enquanto flutua no universo perdido #LIBERDADEJOELSON

    Yesterday 6:27pm Reply
  • MskLvr_

    "Мне очень нравится группа Joy Division. Пожалуй, моя любимая панк-рок группа. Особенно мне нравится песня про филина. Ну, знаете, там вокалист в конце зовет его — громко кричит "ФИЛИН ФИЛИН ФИЛИН ФИЛИН ФИЛИН ФИЛИН ФИИИИЛИИИИН!".

    22 May 8:56am Reply
  • glamourtwins

    RIP Ian, I wish you would let us know how Rob, Annick and Tony are doing - ❤❤❤

    21 May 9:25am Reply
  • ferocodile

    RIP Ian Curtis

    20 May 7:52am Reply
  • Shadowlord39

    35 years later, and RIP

    20 May 3:01am Reply
  • pfvbianca

    <3

    19 May 11:49pm Reply
  • jazzybearclawz

    <3

    19 May 1:58am Reply
  • Taboowill

    He's resting in a comfortable emptiness

    19 May 1:38am Reply
  • lufesampaio

    in our hearts forever [3]

    19 May 12:21am Reply
  • Ichigottta

    RIP in peace X)

    18 May 10:23pm Reply
  • Todestrieb-

    35 years today

    18 May 9:46pm Reply
  • Dnlphnv

    RIP Ian Kevin Curtis

    18 May 9:36pm Reply
  • ouyeaah

    in our hearts forever [2]

    18 May 9:17pm Reply
  • Brunobtso

    Rest in peace

    18 May 9:01pm Reply
  • Bratizer

    под такую музыку хочется курить

    18 May 7:39pm Reply
  • ieatblackcats

    rip Ian :x

    18 May 7:05pm Reply
  • All 10151 shouts