Joy Division

Joy Division were a British rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. They were originally named Stiff Kittens (2), then changed their name to Warsaw (3) and finally became Joy Division before recording and 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.


Joy Division Discography Tracks


Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (Album) Factory UK 1979 Sell This Version
Joy Division Closer (Album) Factory, Factory Italy 1980 Sell This Version
Joy Division Still (Album) Factory UK 1981 Sell This Version
Joy Division Preston 28 February 1980 (Album) NMC Music Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Joy Division Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979 (Album) NMC Music UK 2001 Sell This Version
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(CDr, Promo) Warner Bros. Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version
none Joy Division Live @ ULU(CDr, Promo) Warner Bros. Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Joy Division An Ideal For Living (EP) Enigma UK 1978 Sell This Version
Joy Division Transmission (Single) Factory, Factory UK 1979 Sell This Version
FACT 10 Joy Division Day Of The Lords / Wilderness(Acetate, 10") Factory FACT 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart (Single, Maxi) Factory UK 1980 Sell This Version
SS 33 002 Joy Division Licht Und Blindheit(7", Ltd) Sordide Sentimental SS 33 002 France 1980 Sell This Version
Joy Division Komakino (Single) Factory UK 1980 Sell This Version
Joy Division Atmosphere (Single) Factory, Factory (US) UK 1980 Sell This Version
Joy Division The Peel Sessions (EP) Strange Fruit Canada 1986 Sell This Version
Joy Division The Peel Sessions (EP) Strange Fruit UK 1987 Sell This Version
Joy Division Atmosphere (Single, Maxi) Factory UK 1988 Sell This Version
none Joy Division She's Lost Control(7", Promo) Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records (2) none US 2007 Sell This Version
50999 693991 7 6 Hot Chip / Joy Division Hot Chip / Joy Division - Transmission(7", Ltd) Parlophone 50999 693991 7 6 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
FAC.33 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 (EP) Radiation Reissues Italy 2015 Sell This Version
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
CLO0567VL Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart (Cover On Limited Edition Canvas Bag) (12", Maxi) Cleopatra CLO0567VL US 2017 Sell This Version


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

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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.


July 18, 2017
Legendary, admired, heroic and visionary, yes - sadly, the over-exploitation of Joy Division to the present day is just becoming sickening, degrading the group's legacy to the point of overrated-ness.


July 9, 2017
I think all records/releases after 1980 should not be listed in "Albums"!



August 19, 2016
when you talk about Joy Division, Ian Curtis speak, my ela chieso first question I have is: what would have happened to joy division, and how they would develop their success. Ian loss is heavier than any of the icons, like Jim Morrison or other, maybe just the Bowie death, it is heavier than that of Ian. if in three years the joy division have become such a famous band that will probably, at least in Italy, has been known and followed by today's teenagers, who have not forgotten them, or even follow them anyway, or rather, that in the following Hookie his concerts recalls Joy Division, could become a band with a very high result and drawing an indelible groove in all the music, just look at the singers, who did cover over them, who knows .....


May 9, 2014
Joy Division is not new wave band what the hell are people talking about. They are "post punk".


May 5, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

Labeled by the Discogs "community" as a "new wave" band, I was concerned as to whether Hairsparay 100 or Kajagoogoo could possibly be ranked above JD in the "New Wave" category, considering both sold far more units than JD. Well, all things considered, any reasonable person would have to conclude Joy Division a bunch of New Wave wankers compared to bands like ABC and Buffalo Girls. Maybe that's why Ian topped himself; Barney's a much better New Wave front man than Ian, in his epileptic nightmares, could ever have "dreamed" of becoming...


February 1, 2013
Most bands have to be around for years before they have as many quality songs as Joy Division do. When you consider that they only lasted four years before Ian Curtis committed suicide it just goes to show what a gem of a band they were. Both of their albums are classic records that I'd recommend to anyone, Unknown Pleasure's production for me is particularly sublime. I'd also highly recommend the Substance compilation too. Ian Curtis is one of the best lyricists of all time in my opinion, he possessed a talent for writing beyond his years I think. I also feel that Love Will Tear Us Apart is a great song yes, but its far from their best in my opinion. My favorite Joy Division songs are Candidate, I Remember Nothing, Disorder, Digital, Atrocity Exhibition, Heart and Soul and Transmission. The only downside is they would sadly not record enough music. What they did give us though was of such a rich and high standard. RIP Ian Curtis.


January 31, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
Altough I'm very familiar with the new wave, synthpop age. I could never listen the J. D. albums because I've found them absolutely uninteresting. Without any prior knowledge about the facts and the history of the band, I must say: after having listened the album, I find it very boring and knowing the "importance" of the group and the death of the singer will not help at all. Sorry, guys! Those times it had maybe very different and pioneering meaning but now it all seems very overrated for some locative reasons. I'm not a native English speaker so I don't understand the lirycs and I don't really mind. I'm over with people who expresses his very subjective opinion with the equally boring excess of "best band of all time"... Huh, how many times I've heard it over the last 3 decades, and even about groups I can't even listen. Joy Division is one example: could be nice but by comparing to other contemporaries as, say: J-M Jarre, Kraftwerk, Rockets, Japan, and many else.... I just find them honorable guys, nothing more.


January 5, 2011
No other band has the legacy of Joy Division, they signposted the way for all the new romantic bands that were to follow in the 1980s as they were the first band to put meaning and expression into music. Listen to todays bands such as Radiohead, The Manic Street Preachers, Interpol, Editors, U2, Bloc party they all owe enormously to Joy Divison. Bands of yesteryear aswell such as Nirvana were hugely influenced by not only JD but the main frontman Ian Curtis. Beset with depression and his ongoing dissolving marriage Ian Curtis's true feelings percolate through his work, themes such as loss, anxiety, sadness, depression feature heavily. However, listen beyond this, listen to the construction of the tracks, the post - modern synth riffs the dark basslines and you will hear a band way ahead of their time.
To prove this listen to the Killers cover of Shadowplay, Curtis vocal performance is still light years ahead of its time, it sounds as fresh today as it did 30 years ago. As one music review stated Joy Divison created an "echo which still rings."
Opinion may be split over the best of their 2 albums, Unknown Pleasures is very experimental album showing signs of their early stuff when they were called Warsaw, Closer has a more far reaching appeal, seen as genre defining album and milestone in the bands history, listen to the last 4 tracks and you will see what I mean when I say their sounds was light years ahead of its time [largely due to the good production of Martin Hannett, he made the JD sound].
If not the best band thats ever lived certainly the most influential, dont just think Joy Division were just "Love will tear us apart" and "Atmosphere" they had many many other brilliant tracks.


January 16, 2010
Their story is probably the greatest, most honest and most endearing in all of rock, pop or whatever we call this music.
4 young pups who didn't really know where they were going, beyond school, in rainy, misty, dreary Manchester.
Amateur at best, they somehow managed to produce this music. Its difficult to explain how non-musicians with little experience were able to create this catalogue. Ian Curtis's lyrics are at the top of the tree.
OK, Bob Dylan stands alone, we all know that. But beyond him Ian Curtis has produced lyrics as good as anyone else - scary, chilling, beautiful, honest. And the music complements the lyrics perfectly.
Utterly essential music.

If you haven't heard them, explain yourself.
They only really lasted about 2 years, but managed to gift us 2 albums and 3 singles - all of them eternal.

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