Singles & EPs
About Joy Division
Formed right after its members attended a Sex Pistols show, Joy Division helped launch the post-punk movement of the late ’70s.
∙ Joy Division’s now-classic 1979 debut, Unknown Pleasures, has been included on notable “best-of” lists by Spin, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone.
∙ The Platinum-certified “Love Will Tear Us Apart”—their pessimistic response to Captain & Tennille’s sunny “Love Will Keep Us Together”—was named the Greatest Single of All Time by NME.
∙ Their sole appearance on the Billboard 200 came courtesy of 1988’s Substance, a compilation album that included such cult favorites as “Atmosphere” and “Transmission.”
∙ After frontman Ian Curtis’ death, the remaining members regrouped as New Order, scoring international hits with the disco-influenced songs “Blue Monday” and “Bizarre Love Triangle.”
∙ They were immortalized in the critically acclaimed 24 Hour Party People and Control, which won several prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and British Independent Film Awards.
∙ In 2005, both Joy Division and New Order were honored with NME’s Godlike Genius Award and induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame.