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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”.



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  • agentzigzag

    yep , it was a good doc ......

    Yesterday 9:41pm Reply
  • wholly-mountain

    I dance like Ian Curtis to black metal.

    2 Mar 9:22pm Reply
  • firefly2811

    excellent documentary on joy division on bbc four on 27 feb. 2015 great tribute. a must see for fans

    28 Feb 9:53pm Reply
  • Reflechissant


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  • Valentine_Smith


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  • Epsilon_X2008

    I definitely prefer UP to Closer, but I think that's in large part due to the fact that I don't really care for all the keyboards.

    22 Feb 6:33am Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    The soundtrack of the apocalypse.

    20 Feb 1:49pm Reply
  • Rostig

    @michrotesla I always thought of Closer as the logical consequence of the UP-LP - The dark but yet punkish and raw appeal of UP has turned to the pure claustrophobic desolation of Closer. Indeed it seems as if towards the end of UP the energy completly fades into the darkness like "I Remember Nothing" as the last track is the perfect bridge to the Closer-LP. Just my 2 cents. So it is hard to argue that one album is better than the other since they both capture a different mindset of the band.

    19 Feb 1:29am Reply
  • Fariz_ANP

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  • zennom

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  • Lorelei_94

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  • microtesla

    I can finally admit Closer is better than Unknown Pleasures after 8 years of listening. UP was easier to listen to though at first (at least it was to me). I am glad that New Order included JD songs in their setlist btw.

    16 Feb 10:16am Reply
  • bratyaverno


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  • leneheart

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  • alleinstehend

    Ian Curtis house is up for sale... So guys... who is that lucky man?

    14 Feb 10:31am Reply
  • Current87

    set the world on FÜRER

    11 Feb 9:06am Reply
  • Yopta_nax

    The Verve is not based only on Bitter Sweet Symphony, Depeche Mode is not based only on Enjoy the Silence, Massive Attack is not based on Teardrop. ну раз уж такая петрушка пошла.

    10 Feb 3:53pm Reply
  • debaser13

    So sad that the struggle of epilepsy took Ians life . Watch the movie CONTROL and you can really understand For gods sake he would have a seizure on stage while performing.

    10 Feb 1:31pm Reply
  • rerent

    @Eat-Me-Drink-Me пошел нахер с рупора, старый хрыч

    6 Feb 12:23pm Reply
  • isakijeszy

    Кино не основано только на "Звезде по имени Солнце"

    6 Feb 2:21am Reply
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