Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band primarily consisted of Ian Curtis (vocals and occasional guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboards), Peter Hook (bass guitar and backing 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. According to music critic Jon Savage, the band "were not punk but were directly inspired by its energy." Their self-released 1978 debut EP, An Ideal for Living, caught the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilson. Joy Division's debut album, Unknown Pleasures, was released in 1979 on Wilson's independent record label Factory Records, and drew critical acclaim from the British press. Despite the band's growing success, vocalist Ian Curtis was beset with depression and personal difficulties, including a dissolving marriage and his diagnosis with epilepsy. Curtis found it increasingly difficult to perform at live concerts, and often had seizures during performances.
In May 1980, on the eve of the band's first American tour, 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 reformed as New Order, achieving critical and commercial success.
This 2008 release is a collection of live and studio performances.
Colony - John Peel Session 2 10th December 1979
Komakino - Closer sessions 18th - 30th March 1980
As You Said - Closer sessions 18th - 30th March 1980
Shadowplay - RCA LP Session 3-4th May 1978
Interzone - RCA LP Session 3-4th May 1978
The Drawback - RCA LP Session 3-4th May 1978
Atmosphere - Sordide Sentimental session October / Novermber 1979
Dead Souls - Sordide Sentimental session October / Novermber 1979
Insight - Genetic records Session 4th March 1979
Glass - Genetic records Session 4th March 1979
Transmission - Genetic records Session 4th March 1979
Ice Age - Genetic records Session 4th March 1979
She's Lost Control - Love Will Tear Us Apart Session 2 12" Version March 1980
Ceremony - Rehearsal Rroom Session 1980
In A Lonely Place - Rehearsal Rroom Session 1980
Candidate - Picadilly Radio Session 4th June 1979
The Only Mistake - Picadilly Radio Session 4th June 1979
Chance (Atmosphere) - Picadilly Radio Session 4th June 1979
Auto-Suggestion - Prince Of Wales Conference Theatre, London 2nd August 1979
I Remember Nothing - Winter Gardens Bournemouth 2nd November 1979
Atrocity Exhibition - 13th July 1979 Factory Manchester