Joy Division ‎– Closer

Factory ‎– 830 685-2
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1 Atrocity Exhibition 6:00
2 Isolation 2:40
3 Passover 4:52
4 Colony 3:48
5 A Means To An End 4:02
6 Heart And Soul 5:50
7 Twenty Four Hours 4:26
8 The Eternal 6:05
9 Decades 6:08

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The inserts are printed on cream-coloured card stock.

Produced at Brittania Row
A Factory Compact Disc

℗ 1987 A Factory Records Product
© 1987 A Factory Records Product

Manufactured by PolyGram Inc. and distributed by PolyGram Distribution Inc., Cote de Liesse, St. Laurent, Quebec.
Made In Canada.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 42283 06852 0 97
  • Matrix / Runout: 830685-2 #920305AA
  • Matrix / Runout (Additional matrix info): MFG BY CINRAM

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FACT·XXV, FACT. 25 Joy Division Closer(LP, Album, Dar) Factory, Factory FACT·XXV, FACT. 25 UK 1980 Sell This Version
FACT XXV Joy Division Closer(LP, Album, Pic, Unofficial) Factory (2) FACT XXV US 2006 Sell This Version
73394, FACT 25 Joy Division Closer(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP) Rhino Records (2), Factory 73394, FACT 25 US 2007 Sell This Version
FACT XXV, 201882 Joy Division Closer(LP, Album) Factory, Factory FACT XXV, 201882 France 1981 Sell This Version
992 527-1, FACT. 25, FACT∙XXV, CLSR OI Joy Division Closer(LP, Album, Unofficial, Blu) Stiletto (2), Factory (2), Factory (2), Factory (2) 992 527-1, FACT. 25, FACT∙XXV, CLSR OI 2012 Sell This Version


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November 21, 2002
An excellent insight into the motives of Ian Curtis can be found in his wife's autobiography "Touching from a distance". Curtis and his wife married in their teens and had a baby together at a very young age. Curtis's suicide was not a grand artistic statement but seems to have been more like the actions of a man who had a mistress, was two timing his wife and couldn't deal with the guilt of this situation. Coupled with a history of depression and epilepsy, Currtis' suicide just reflected the culmination of some very human problems. For me, this makes the gripping beauty of Closer even more real and powerful. Don't mention Kurt Cobain in the same breath, it's a lazy comparison!


November 12, 2002
Often in interviews since 1980, Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner insist that they did not notice how stark Ian Curtis's lyrics were. By the time he penned Closer (and Love will Tear Us Apart - released seperately) Curtis lyrics portrayed a desperate man and can easily be interpreted as a suicide note. The lyrics describe exactly where Curtis was at the time. The music is excellent and dovetails with the lyrics. PH and BS may have thought Ian Curtis was writing and singing as the third person. This is a great album but now 22 years on it is still very uncomfortable listening. The closing track "Decades" is very stirring and brought me to tears the first time I heard the fade out ending. A fitting epitaph to a fantastic band.


August 2, 2001
edited over 17 years ago
No better record to express universal (though especially teen-)angst than this one. It's a beautiful record but in a horrible way (or the other way around). If you want to hear who got there first, pick this up. In a time filled mostly with clumsy dogmatic ('just bangin' guitars, no synths allowed') punk-records, they released truly timeless music. 'Closer' still stands as the band's most accomplished record throughout**.
As you probably know, Ian Curtis, the group's legendary frontman committed suicide just prior to the release of this record and must have been the prime example for that other shortlived genius, Kurt Cobain.

** = check out 'Unknown Pleasures'-LP as well and also in particular the single 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', which sums up the band in a single epic song which I can listen to all day long in repeatmode. Perhaps the best track written in the eighties.. and that's not exaggerating.