Joy Division

Joy Division was an English rock band that existed between 1976 and 1980. The band was made up of Ian Curtis (lead singer) Peter Hook (bass player), Bernard Sumner (keyboardist) and Stephen Morris (drummer). Throughout their career, the band released only two albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, both of which were critically acclaimed. Some of the band’s most notable songs include Love Will Tear Us Apart, Atmosphere and Shadowplay.

Joy Division

The band Joy Division. Source: BBC.

Facts about Joy Division

  • The band originally went under the name Warsaw.
  • The band’s lead singer Ian Curtis tragically committed suicide in 1980 after losing his battle with severe depression.
  • After Curtis’ death, the remaining surviving members of the band continued under a new name, New Order, and went on to achieve further stardom.
  • Despite the band lasting only four years, the band is today considered one of the most influential bands from the United Kingdom.
  • Bands that have been influenced by Joy Division include U2, Bloc Party, The Cure, Radiohead and Interpol.
  • In 2003, the Rolling Stone magazine placed the band’s 1980 album Closer at the 157th position on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums Ever.

Notable Songs by Joy Division

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