Joy Division

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Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band primarily 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).

Joy Division rapidly evolved from their initial punk rock influences to develop a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson. Joy Division's debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979 on Wilson's independent record label Factory Records, and drew critical acclaim from the British press. Despite the band's growing success, vocalist Ian Curtis was beset with depression and personal difficulties, including a dissolving marriage and his diagnosis of epilepsy. Curtis found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, and often had seizures during performances.

On the eve of the band's first American tour in May 1980, Curtis committed suicide. Joy Division's posthumously released second album, Closer (1980), and the single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became the band's highest charting releases. After the death of Curtis, the remaining members continued as New Order, achieving critical and commercial success.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1979 Unknown Pleasures Joy Division 4.5 15
1980 Closer Joy Division 4.75 16

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Still Compilation Joy Division 4.75 11
1988 Substance Compilation Joy Division 4.65 10
1995 Permanent Compilation Joy Division 3
1997 Heart and Soul Compilation Joy Division 4
2007 Martin Hannett's Personal Mixes Compilation Joy Division 1
2008 The Best of Joy Division Compilation Joy Division 4
2008 In the Studio with Martin Hannett Compilation Joy Division 1
2010 +− Compilation Joy Division 2
2011 Total: From Joy Division to New Order Compilation Joy Division / New Order 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 The Complete BBC Recordings Compilation Live Joy Division 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 The Peel Sessions Live Joy Division 3 2
2001 Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979 Live Joy Division 2
2003 Preston 28 February 1980 Live Joy Division 1
2006 Let the Movie Begin Live Joy Division 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1979 Transmission / Novelty Joy Division 4 2
1980 Licht und Blindheit Joy Division 1
1980 Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 4.5 10
1980 Atmosphere / She’s Lost Control Joy Division 5 3
1988 Atmosphere Joy Division 4 4


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1978 An Ideal for Living Joy Division 5 3


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1986 The Peel Sessions Live Joy Division 2
1987 The Peel Sessions Live Joy Division 2

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