Joy Division

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Joy Division were a British punk/post-punk/new wave band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. They were incorrectly named Stiff Kittens (2) on the flyer for their first gig alongside Buzzcocks and Penetration but announced themselves as Warsaw (3) at the start of their first performance. Throughout 1977 they continued under this moniker up to recording their first EP but changed their name to Joy Division at the start of 1978, before releasing their first 7" EP "An Ideal For Living".

Ian Curtis (vocal, occasional guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar, keyboards), Peter "Hooky" Hook (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Stephen Morris (aka "The Human Drum Machine") (drums, percussion).

Shortly after the suicide of Ian Curtis on the 18 May 1980 –following troubles with grand mal seizures (a form of epilepsy), depression, and other contributing personal factors happening in his life– the band was renamed New Order, following a pact between all four members made long before Curtis's death that should any member 'leave', the remaining members would change the name of the group.
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Albums

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures album art Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (Album) Factory UK 1979 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Closer album art Joy Division Closer (Album) Factory, Factory Italy 1980 Sell This Version
FACT 10, FACT. 10 Joy Division - The Art Of Walking / Unknown Pleasures album art Pere Ubu / Joy Division Pere Ubu / Joy Division - The Art Of Walking / Unknown Pleasures(LP, MP) Factory, Factory FACT 10, FACT. 10 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Still album art Joy Division Still (Album) Factory UK 1981 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Preston 28 February 1980 album art Joy Division Preston 28 February 1980 (Album) NMC Music Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979 album art Joy Division Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979 (Album) NMC Music UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Joy Division - Live @ ULU album art Joy Division Live @ ULU(CDr, Promo) Warner Bros. Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Live At Factory Manchester & The Moonlight Club West Hampstead album art Joy Division Live At Factory Manchester & The Moonlight Club West Hampstead Warner Bros. Records UK 2007 Sell This Version
none Joy Division - Live At High Wycombe album art Joy Division Live At High Wycombe(CDr, Promo) Warner Bros. Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Joy Division - An Ideal For Living album art Joy Division An Ideal For Living (EP) Enigma UK 1978 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Transmission album art Joy Division Transmission (Single) Factory, Factory UK 1979 Sell This Version
FACT 10 Joy Division - Day Of The Lords / Wilderness album art Joy Division Day Of The Lords / Wilderness(Acetate, 10") Factory FACT 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SS 33 002 Joy Division - Licht Und Blindheit album art Joy Division Licht Und Blindheit(7", Ltd, Num) Sordide Sentimental SS 33 002 France 1980 Sell This Version
Joy Division - She's Lost Control / Atmosphere album art Joy Division She's Lost Control / Atmosphere (Single) Factory (US), Factory (US) UK 1980 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Komakino album art Joy Division Komakino (Single) Factory UK 1980 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart album art Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart (Single, EP, Maxi) Factory UK 1980 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Joy album art Joy Division Joy (EP) Stampa Alternativa Italy 1986 Sell This Version
Joy Division - The Peel Sessions album art Joy Division The Peel Sessions (EP) Strange Fruit Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Joy Division - The Peel Sessions album art Joy Division The Peel Sessions (EP) Strange Fruit UK 1987 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Atmosphere album art Joy Division Atmosphere (Single, Maxi) Factory UK 1988 Sell This Version
none Joy Division - She's Lost Control album art Joy Division She's Lost Control(7", Promo) Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2) none US 2007 Sell This Version
50999 693991 7 6 Joy Division - Transmission album art Hot Chip / Joy Division Hot Chip / Joy Division - Transmission(7", Ltd) Parlophone 50999 693991 7 6 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
FAC.33 Joy Division - Ceremony / In A Lonely Place album art New Order / Joy Division New Order / Joy Division - Ceremony / In A Lonely Place(12", Ltd) Rhino Records (2) FAC.33 UK 2011 Sell This Version
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart album art Nova Nova Rendez Vous Avec Joy Division Nova Nova Rendez Vous Avec Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (Single) Curious Fox Records UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Compilations

Joy Division - Substance album art Joy Division Substance (Comp) Factory UK 1988 Sell This Version

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Anthon40

Anthon40

June 11, 2020
New Wave was term invented by Sire Records Seymour Stein because he thought punk was not a good term to sell records. It’s a marketing term.
easterbunneh

easterbunneh

June 9, 2020
does anyone know what was the first copy of Unknown Pleasures on cd that contained the door photo that existed in the original LP press?
gsheputis

gsheputis

May 18, 2020
Hard to believe it's been 40 years since Ian's suicide - watched the documentary from 2007 today, then listened to both albums - what else but to say that they were absolutely one of the best bands of all time...…….
maxal

maxal

May 9, 2020
Interesting what wire100 writes about Ian Curtis below.

Having watched live performances of Joy Division on TV and the documentaries / movies showing Ian Curtis manically dancing - and considering his medication - you could plainly see Ian was in another world; certainly to the audience, but also to his band 'mates'.

Bearing this in mind it can be distressing to watch some of the performances. He is screaming his songs out, his eyes are wild, he is salivating, his movements are jolted, stiff and expressly PENT UP.

You sort of think: it is soooooo odd he is performing his ailments this way so publicly on stage and everybody else is dancing the night away (kind of unaware?) It's extraordinary - I thought: This guy clearly needs (better) help.

Ian Curtis' artistic legacy is undeniable, a true testament that through pain, great art can result, but the price is unthinkable. It's very sad.
JfjGkgKj

JfjGkgKj

September 27, 2019
It’s all hype yaaaaaaaaaaaa don’t believe the hype yaaaaa !
domskilamonski

domskilamonski

January 19, 2019
edited 11 months ago
No other band came close,most influential band since '79!the last vagabonds in contemporary music.
granorob1

granorob1

January 4, 2019
Back in the late 70's/early 80's the term "new wave" was used in a general sense for any modern, non-mainstream rock that wasn't punk. In that sense JD was a new wave band, as were bands like Talking Heads, U2, and most of the acts that showed up in something like "Urgh: A Music War." As time went on, "new wave," like "alternative" and "indie" became such a broad term that it was almost meaningless. Put it this way: if you called something "new wave" in 80 or 81 most people knew what you were talking about. By 84 or 85 that was no longer the case.

And can we put a stake through the heart of the word "genre"? It's the most overused term in all of pop music; I absolutely hate when you recommend a band or artist to someone and their first question is "What genre is it?" The correct answer is "Who cares?" The only thing that the word is good for is to make internet searches easier. Otherwise, it's totally vacuous.

domskilamonski

domskilamonski

December 25, 2018
Love the admiration of the commenters here..... those negatives too,as that is the chemical for cult-ivation of a true iconic band that left the biggest imprint of music.forever grateful towards the band-itts !
Ruben14

Ruben14

August 28, 2018
One of the most influential bands of all time, Post-Punk never die!
sklerici

sklerici

April 25, 2018

I read all the reviews, and this seems much more a forum. I got something to say. When JD started they were absolutely a new wave band (they were part of the new musical scene emerged NOT after, but WITH the punk explosion). There's no one reason to consider JD out from this genre. I sayd genre and not style: new wave is full of different styles. What we call post punk saw JD as one of the "absolute beginners". But please don't forget Public Image Limited. I use to say Rotten invented punk and Lydon invented new wave (really enough for just one Johnny); perhaps this is not historically correct but i'm sure if the irish antichrist was dead after Metal Box we'd have tought at him as a genius, if not a saint (ah-ah!)
In Italy we called this music DARK, long before gothic or darkwave or post-punk or whatever. For some reasons i find it appropriated. 
Time destroyes, death conserves. And so, back in 1981, Psychedelic Furs were considered from a lot of people the most interesting thing. It seems they (and Echo & the Bunnymen too) could build the bridge to put togheter the best sixties art music and dark (or post punk or new wave or..). Time destroyed PF reputation but at the meantime Unknown Pleasure and Closer got about 150 reissues while i'm writing. Sure Ian Curtis would has never believed it. JD knew the quality of their music, but in 1980 they had no one only reason to think they could be remembered in the future just a little bit more than a cult status band.

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