Joy Division

Joy Division hit songs and albums
Joy Division were an English rock band formed in Salford, Manchester in 1976, and consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis (born July 15, 1956 in Stretford, Lancashire), guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner (born January 4, 1956 in Broughton, Salford), bassist Peter Hook (born February 13, 1956 in Broughton, Salford) and drummer Stephen Morris (born October 28, 1957 in Macclesfield, Cheshire). Joy Division were formed as Warsaw after childhood friends Sumner and Hook had – independently – attended a Sex Pistols concert, and they’d placed an advert looking for a singer in the Manchester branch of Virgin Records. Ian Curtis applied for the position, and was immediately hired without an audition, and after some regional success supporting Buzzcocks, the band looked to replace their first drummer, placing another ad in Virgin to which a young Stephen Morris replied. Joy Division were renamed in 1978 recording their debut EP that December as well as saying cheerio to Warsaw with a final gig that New Year’s Eve. Joy Division caught the attention of music entrepreneur and TV host Tony Wilson and manager Rob Gretton, and were signed to Factory Records and recorded two tracks for an EP that became part of its first release. Joy Division released their debut album Unknown Pleasures in June 1979 and became an instant classic along with its iconic sleeve art. Joy Division effectively ceased to be when, ahead of their first US tour, Ian Curtis took his own life and hanged himself in his kitchen on May 18, 1980. Having made a pact that should any member leave, the remaining members would change the band name, Sumner, Hook and Morris became New Order. Having failed to chart on original release, Unknown Pleasures made its UK Official Album Chart Top 40 debut in 2019 reaching Number 5.
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Latest news about Joy Division

Date Title, Artist Peak
Pos
WoC Wks
No 1
Chart
Facts
28.06.
1980
LOVE WILL TEAR US APART
LONDON FAC23CD
13 16 00
29.10.
1983
LOVE WILL TEAR US APART {1983}
FACTORY FAC23
19 09 00
Buy
13.12.
1986
THE PEEL SESSIONS
JOY DIVISION
NO-LABEL MIUCT2415
96 02 00
31.10.
1987
THE PEEL SESSIONS {1987}
NO-LABEL MIUCT2420
98 01 00
Buy
18.06.
1988
ATMOSPHERE
JOY DIVISION
FACTORY FAC2137
34 05 00
Date Title, Artist Peak
Pos
WoC Wks
No 1
Chart
Facts
26.07.
1980
CLOSER
JOY DIVISION
FACTORY FACT25
06 08 00
30.08.
1980
UNKNOWN PLEASURES
JOY DIVISION
LONDON 0639842822329
05 03 00
17.10.
1981
STILL
JOY DIVISION
FACTORY DFACT40
05 12 00
23.07.
1988
1977-1980 SUBSTANCE
JOY DIVISION
FACTORY FAC250
07 08 00
Buy
01.07.
1995
PERMANENT: JOY DIVISION 1995
LONDON 8286242
16 03 00
Buy
07.02.
1998
HEART AND SOUL
JOY DIVISION
LONDON 8289682
70 01 00
07.01.
2006
SUBSTANCE
JOY DIVISION
LONDON 3984282242
79 03 00
05.04.
2008
THE BEST OF
JOY DIVISION
RHINO 5144273022
63 02 00
18.06.
2011
TOTAL
NEW ORDER/JOY DIVISION
RHINO 5249864795
51 02 00