Joy Division

Originally named Warsaw, “Joy Division” were a new wave band from Salford, Greater Manchester in Great Britain. The band consisted of  Ian Curtis (vocals and occasional guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboards), Peter Hook (bass guitar and backup vocals), and Stephen Morris (drums and percussion). Joy Division rapidly evolved from their initial punk rock influences to develop a sound and style that pioneered the post punk movement of the late 1970s. The band was not punk but was directly inspired by its energy.

    Joy Division’s debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979. Despite the band’s growing success, vocalist Ian Curtis was beset with depression and personal difficulties, including a dissolving marriage and his diagnosis of epilepsy. Curtis found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, and often had seizures during performances. On the eve of the band’s first American tour in May 1980, Curtis, overwhelmed with depression, committed suicide. Joy Division’s posthumously released second album, Closer (1980), and the single “Love Will Tear Us Apart” became the band’s highest charting releases. After the death of Curtis, the remaining members continued as New Order, achieving critical and commercial success.



2 responses to “Joy Division

  1. I’ve heard of Joy Division, but I’ve never given them a listen. I’ll make a note to look up their stuff!

    And man, what a sad story for them. I’m going to assume that ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ could be based on what happened to them and Curtis, or the rest of the album, maybe? It sounds like their sounds would have really good stories in them. 🙂

    • Yes, well the story was Ian Curtis had married Deborah Curtis in 1975 and they had a child. While touring Ian met a journalist Annik Honoré and they began to have a relationship committing infidelity. Later on, Joy Division became such a success they were to travel overseas to the States to have their very first world tour. Well later that night of May 17, 1980, Ian’s epilepsy got the upper hand on him and Ian began to have a seizure. On the morning of May 18, 1980, Ian woke up got up off the floor he started to have flashbacks. Disappointed with what he had done to his family he started to cry and couldn’t cope with all the lies. He went to the kitchen to get a glass of water to drink he then looked up at the clothes line hanging in the kitchen up towards the ceiling. So the next few minutes…. Ian Curtis had hung himself. His wife found him in the wee hours of the Morning on May 18, 1980.

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