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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. 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”.

Inspired by a Sex Pistols gig at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall on July 20, 1976, Bernard Sumner (also credited as “Bernard Dicken” and “Bernard Albrecht”) and Peter Hook formed a band with friend Terry Mason. Sumner bought a guitar, Hook purchased a bass, and Mason a drum kit. The band placed an advertisement in a Manchester record store and recruited Curtis as their singer.


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  • GoatUser

    new wave... what

    4 hours ago Reply
  • Hari_Maia

    Atmosphere ♥ [1]

    Yesterday 3:00am Reply
  • Hari_Maia

    forever joy division [3]

    Yesterday 3:00am Reply
  • fernanda-l

    forever joy division [2]

    13 Apr 6:48pm Reply
  • memristor

    Closer is crushing. Twenty Four Hours so often brings me to tears. not for any specific concrete bullshit, dont start with that

    10 Apr 6:05am Reply
  • MellyMUSE

    New Dawn Fades ♥ [2]

    9 Apr 7:01pm Reply
  • AzazelBM

    Being an active Joy Division listener, how come I'm not one of the "top listeners"?

    8 Apr 1:40pm Reply
  • nevershoutn

    forever joy division

    8 Apr 3:16am Reply
  • algoostu

    thought it was just really overrated, but after a few tries, Ian just made sense in my ears, think I was doing it in the wrong way, after like 100 scrobbles I really got into their music, and it's so deep and complex, he was surely a big artist

    7 Apr 11:23pm Reply
  • RazorGothMetal

    Прошу проголосовать за концерт Blur в Уфе!

    7 Apr 10:38am Reply
  • thelionrampant

    What does the history of Ian have to do with appreciating the music? Sure, it adds some backdrop to the tunes but music is music. I don't have to know the entire history of every band member of every band I like just to be able to enjoy and appreciate the music for what it is.

    5 Apr 1:06pm Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    ''appreciate'' Most of people who listen to joy divison don't know 1/5 of the history of Ian.

    4 Apr 5:43pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    What does it matter if they weren't "to be a famous band" if 30 years later people still appreciate their music?

    4 Apr 11:16am Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    I really don't understand how people who only listen to pop music can enjoy joy division. I dont know if they just listen this because is the new trend or listen because they really feel what ian curtis feels. Joy divison was not to be a famous band at all

    4 Apr 2:19am Reply
  • Nirvanova

    New Dawn Fades ♥

    2 Apr 3:26pm Reply
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    31 Mar 3:48pm Reply
  • vaguelyhumanoid

    Both albums are great but Closer works better as a complete work. Shadowplay is probably the best song on either though.

    31 Mar 9:06am Reply
  • bluegrassishhh

    "overrated, hurr durr" >why do you even care, this is good shit and that is literally all that matters.

    31 Mar 7:32am Reply
  • kouta55

    boo hoo

    30 Mar 3:48pm Reply
  • spLiFF22

    "kind of like The Editors, but more suicidal" Editors are magazine shit that would never exist without Joy Division... The same goes for many other bands even more important such Cure.

    26 Mar 3:21pm Reply
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