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Joy Division

Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.

Formed by Sumner and Hook after the two attended a Sex Pistols gig, Joy Division moved beyond their punk roots to develop a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson, who signed the group to his independent label, Factory Records. Joy Division's debut album, Unknown Pleasures, recorded with producer Martin Hannett, was released in 1979 to critical acclaim. As the band's popularity grew, Curtis, who suffered from personal problems that included severe depression, a failing marriage, and epilepsy, found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, during which he occasionally collapsed into seizures.

In May 1980, on the eve of the band's first American tour, Curtis, aged 23, committed suicide. The group's second and final album, Closer, was released two months later; the album and preceding single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became the band's highest charting release. After Curtis's death, the remaining members continued as New Order and achieved critical and commercial success. Although their career spanned less than four years, Joy Division have continued to exert a vast influence on a variety of subsequent artists.

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Albums

  1. 7.0
    Unknown Pleasures
    1979
  2. 6.0
    Closer
    1980
  3. Dead Souls
    1988

Other releases

  1. Komackino
    1981
  2. Still
    1981
  3. Walk Away… in Silence
    1984
  4. Black Souls (02.08.79)
    1984
  5. Dante’s Inferno
    1985
  6. 7.0
    Substance
    1988
  7. Warsaw Studio Demos: 1978 & 1979
    1990
  8. Permanent
    1995
  9. Heart and Soul
    1997
  10. The Complete BBC Recordings
    2000
  11. Remains
    2001
  12. Lost Treasures
    2002
  13. Good Evening, We’re Joy Division
    2005
  14. Martin Hannett's Personal Mixes
    2007
  15. In Memory
    2007
  16. The Best of Joy Division
    2008
  17. In the Studio with Martin Hannett
    2008
  18. I’m Not Afraid Anymore
    2010
  19. +−
    2010
  20. Total: From Joy Division to New Order
    2011