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 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 transcended 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. Joy Division's debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979 on Wilson's independent label Factory Records. Aided by Martin Hannett's sparse production, it was a critical success with the British music press. Despite this early acclaim, Curtis experienced severe depression and personal difficulties, including a broken marriage and epilepsy. In particular he found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, during which he often had seizures.

In May 1980, on the eve of the band's debut 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, achieving critical and commercial success. Although their career spanned only four years, Joy Division have come to be regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the late 1970s.

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

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 The Complete BBC Recordings Joy Division 2

Album + Live

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


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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 The Peel Sessions Joy Division 2
1987 The Peel Sessions Joy Division 2

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