Joy Division

As the seminal band of the post-punk movement, Joy Division's importance in the realm of popular music cannot be overstated. The band first came together when high school friends Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook separately ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1975 in Salford, Greater Manchester, UK

Filmography

Music (18)

The Face of an Angel 2015 (Movie)

("Atmosphere") (Song)

The Face of an Angel 2015 (Movie)

("Atmosphere") (Song Performer)

Skills Like This 2009 (Movie)

("No Love Lost") (Song Performer)

Reprise 2008 (Movie)

("New Dawn Fades") (Song Performer)

What We Do is Secret 2008 (Movie)

("New Dawn Fades") (Song Performer)

While She Was Out 2008 (Movie)

("Day Of The Lords") (Song Performer)

Control 2007 (Movie)

("No Love Lost") (Song)

Control 2007 (Movie)

("Love Will Tear Us Apart") (Song Performer)

Joy Division 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

Wristcutters: A Love Story 2007 (Movie)

("Love Will Tear Us Apart") (Song Performer)

Body Rice 2006 (Movie)

(Original Music)

House of Wax 2005 (Movie)

("New Dawn Fades") (Song Performer)

The Wound 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

24 Hour Party People 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Donnie Darko 2001 (Movie)

("Love Will Tear Us Apart") (Song Performer)

Donnie Darko 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Series 7 2001 (Movie)

("Love Will Tear Us Apart") (Song Performer)

The Curve 1998 (Movie)

("Love Will Tear Us Apart") (Song Performer)

Biography

As the seminal band of the post-punk movement, Joy Division's importance in the realm of popular music cannot be overstated. The band first came together when high school friends Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook separately attended a Sex Pistols concert and both came away emboldened and inspired. They joined with Terry Mason, each picking up their instruments for the first time, and began learning how to become musicians. It didn't take long for the group to find singer Ian Curtis through an ad at a local record store, and soon the group was creating a sound unlike anything happening at the time. Soon, Steve Morris replaced Mason on drums, as Mason became the group's manager. They booked a debut performance at Electric Circus in 1977 and self-released an EP, <i>An Ideal for Living</i> the following year. This attracted the attention of TV personality Tony Wilson, who signed the band to his record label Factory Records in 1978. They made their TV debut that same year, performing "Shadowplay" on the series "So It Goes" (ITV Granada, 1976-77). They would release their first full length album, <i>Unknown Pleasures</i> in 1979, followed by the iconic single "Love Will Tear Us Apart." The group had finished recording their upcoming sophomore release <i>Closer</i> and were preparing for an American tour when Curtis' struggles with epilepsy began coming to a head. He had suffered a number of grand mal seizures during the group's European tour, and the impact of his condition exacerbated his existing issues with depression, caused in part by the crumbling of his marriage and his affair with a Belgian journalist. He committed suicide in May 1980, with <i>Closer</i> released after his death. Unwilling to continue playing music under the same name, the remaining three members of Joy Division, plus Morris' girlfriend Gillian Gilbert on keyboards, began a new group in the wake of Curtis' death called New Order.

Milestones

1980

Lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide.

1980

Band's second album, <i>Closer</i>, was released.

1979

Released the iconic single "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

1979

Made their only nationally broadcast TV appearance on  BBC2's "Something Else."

1979

Released their debut album <i>Unknown Pleasures</i>.

1978

Made their TV debut, performing "Shadowplay" on the series "So It Goes."

1978

Self-released their first EP, <i>An Ideal for Living</i>.

1978

Contributed two tracks to the compilation EP <i>A Factory Sample</i>.

1978

Signed with Tony Wilson's Factory Records after the television personality noticed and enjoyed their EP.

1977

Gave their debut performance at Electric Circus.

Bonus Trivia

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Originally performed under the name Warsaw.

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Were inspired to play music after members Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook separately attended a Sex Pistols concert.

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Received national attention early on after NME and Sounds reviewed their 1977 debut performance at Electric Circus with the Buzzcocks, Penetration, and John Cooper Clarke.

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Lead singer Ian Curtis suffered from epilepsy, leading him to experience seizures frequently while the band was on tour, including two grand mal seizures while the band was in the midst of their 1980 European tour.

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After Curtis' death, the remaining three members of the band continued on, forming the group New Order.

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The name Joy Division came from a novel about WWII concentration camps, in which a barracks in which prisoners were kept as sex slaves was called the Joy Division.

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