Joy Division were an English rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris.

Sumner and Hook formed the band after attending a Sex Pistols concert. While Joy Division's first recordings were heavily influenced by early punk, they soon developed a sparse 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 them to his independent label Factory Records. Their debut album Unknown Pleasures, recorded with producer Martin Hannett, was released in 1979.

Curtis suffered from personal problems and health conditions, including a failing marriage, depression, and epilepsy. As the band's popularity grew, Curtis's condition made it increasingly difficult for him to perform; he occasionally experienced seizures on stage. He died by suicide on the eve of the band's first US/Canada tour in May 1980, aged 23. Joy Division's second and final album, Closer, was released two months later; it and the single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became their highest charting releases.

The remaining members regrouped under the name New Order. They were successful throughout the next decade, blending post-punk with electronic and dance music influences.

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1979Unknown PleasuresJoy Division4.4528
1980CloserJoy Division4.4522

Album + Compilation

1981StillJoy Division4.8516
1988SubstanceJoy Division4.220
19911977–1980Joy Division31
1995Permanent: Joy Division 1995Joy Division46
1997Heart and SoulJoy Division44
1998Greatest HitsJoy Division31
2007Martin Hannett’s Personal MixesJoy Division1
2007In MemoryJoy Division1
2008The Best of Joy DivisionJoy Division4
2008In the Studio with Martin HannettJoy Division1
2010+ - Singles 1978-80Joy Division2
2010Closer / Unknown PleasuresJoy Division1
2011Total: From Joy Division to New OrderJoy Division / New Order1

Album + Compilation + Live

2000The Complete BBC RecordingsJoy Division3
2001Fractured BoxJoy Division1
2004Refractured Box OneJoy Division1

Album + Live

1990The Peel SessionsJoy Division2
1999Preston 28 February 1980Joy Division33
2001Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979Joy Division35
2019Last OrderJoy Division1


1979Transmission / NoveltyJoy Division42
1980Licht und BlindheitJoy Division1
1980Love Will Tear Us ApartJoy Division415
1980Atmosphere / She’s Lost ControlJoy Division53
1988AtmosphereJoy Division44


1978An Ideal for LivingJoy Division54

EP + Live

1986The Peel SessionsJoy Division3
1987The Peel SessionsJoy Division2

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