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Joy Division
Formed after the Sex Pistols concert in Manchester, June 4th 1976
Ther first gig was at The Electric Circus in Manchester, 29 May 1977
Signed by Anthony Wilson to Factory Records
Their gig at The Derby Hall in Bury, 8th April 1980, resulted in a mass brawl
Lead singer Ian Curtis and drummer Stephen Morris come from Macclesfield
Guitarist Bernard Sumner and bassist Peter Hook hail from Salford
The movie, 24 Hour Party People, tells the story of Joy Division & Factory Records
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Ian Curtis was a Manchester City fan
Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris are Manchester United fans
The band became New Order in 1980 following the suicide of Ian Curtis
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Joy Division
"Most of the musicians in Manchester then were very middle class, very educated: like Howard Devoto. Barney and I were essentially working-class oiks. Ian came somewhere in the middle, but primarily we had a different attitude. We felt like outsiders: it was very vicious and back-biting."
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1976
June 4th 1976 - friends Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Terry Mason attend the legendary Sex Pistols concert at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall. Inspired by the performance, they decide to form a band. Sumner buys a guitar, Hook a bass and Mason a drum kit. They then place an advert in Manchester's Virgin Records store looking for a singer
I Swear I Was There - The Gig That Changed The World I Swear I Was There: The Gig That Changed the World
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The truth behind the legendary gig with interviews from those that were there. With only 40 people in attendance, many of which who were inspired to go on and create bands such as Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Buzzcocks, The Fall, Slaughter & The Dogs and of course Factory Records.
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Ian Curtis replies to the advertisement and, as he knew Sumner, Hook and Mason from previous gigs, is recruited without audition.
The band name themselves Warsaw after the Davd Bowie song, 'Warszawa' listen to soundbites 
1977
In May, Terry Mason leaves his role as drummer to become the band's manager. He is replaced by Tony Tabac
29th May 1977 - Warsaw play their first gig, supporting the Buzzcocks at Manchester's Electric Circus
In June, Steve Brotherdale, who is also a member of Panik, replaces Tony Tabac on drums
August 1977 - Stephen Morris, who had attended the same school as Ian Curtis, joins the band as drummer, replacing the fired Steve Brotherdale, who unsuccessfully attempts to persuade Ian to also join Panik.
The band play 9 gigs around Manchester, 1 in Newcastle and a New Year's Eve performance at The Swinging Apple in Liverpool.
Warsaw - Warsaw Warsaw listen to soundbites
Warsaw
This excellent bootleg album features 17 early Warsaw and Joy Division tracks, recorded in 1977 but never released - ironically for a band that would later become New Order, they weren't happy with the synthesizers added by the producer. Originally released in 1982
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1978
To avoid confusion with the London punk band, Warsaw Pakt, the band rename themselves Joy Division, after the prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp in the novel 'House Of Dolls' [click here to buy]
25th January 1978 - the band perform their first gig as Joy Division at Pips Disco in Manchester
May 1978 - Rob Gretton replaces, original member, Terry Mason as Joy Divison's manager
Warsaw - Short Circuit - Live at The Electric Circus Short Circuit - Live At The Electric Circus
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The Warsaw track 'At A Later Date' (recorded at the last 2 days of the Electric Circus on 2nd Oct 1977) is wrongly credited to Joy Division on this live compilation 10" alongside the The Fall, John Cooper Clarke, Buzzcocks, The Drones and Steel Pulse. (released Jun 1978)
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Joy Division - An Ideal For Living An Ideal For Living listen to soundbites
Four track EP, recorded at the Penine Sound Studio in Oldham, Dec 1977. Included tracks 'Warsaw', 'No Love Lost', 'Leaders Of Men' and 'Failures'. Released Jun 1978. Did not chart
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In October 1978, Joy Division join Tony Wilson's Factory Records. Rob Gretton is made a partner of the label
1979
Joy Division - A Factory Sample A Factory Sample listen to soundbites
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The first ever Factory Records release. A five track compilation EP produced by Martin Hannett and featuring the Joy Division tracks 'Digital' and 'Glass' alongside b-sides from Durutti Column, John Dowie and Cabaret Voltaire. Released Jan 1979
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Joy Division - The Peel Sessions The Peel Sessions
Joy Division recorded two sessions for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show in Jan 1979 performing the tracks 'Exercise One', 'Insight', 'She's Lost Control' and 'Transmission' and then in Nov 1979, 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', '24 Hours', 'Colony', 'Sound Of Music', 'Transmission' and 'She's Lost Control'. They were later released on CD in 1988 and, with an interview, in 2000. A double CD with New Order's Sessions was also released.
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Joy Division - Live at Leigh Rock Festival Live At Leigh Rock Festival
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On the 27th Aug 1979, Joy Division perform at The Leigh Rock Festival alongside A Certain Ratio, The Teardrop Explodes and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. A double CD capturing their 11 tracks and all 4 performances was eventually released in Aug 2006
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Joy Division go on tour, supporting The Cure
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures Unknown Pleasures listen to soundbites
Recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, produced by Martin Hannett and released in June 1979, Joy Division's debut album included the tracks 'Disorder', 'Days Of The Lords', 'Candidate', 'Insight', 'New Dawn Fades', 'She's Lost Control', 'Shadowplay', 'Wilderness', 'Interzone' and 'I Remember Nothing'. Did not chart. It was re-mastered and re-issued in September 2007 with the extra CD, Live at The Factory.
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Unknown Pleasures 33 1/3 Unknown Pleasures 33 1/3
Chris Ott
Released in 2004, this book provides a biographical account of the songs on the album
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The Making of Unknown Pleasures 33 1/3 Joy Division and The Making of Unknown Pleasures
Jake Kennedy
Released in July 2006, this superb book also provides a track-by-track biography of the album
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Joy Division - A Factory Sample Earcom 2 listen to soundbites
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2 recordings that never made the album were included on this rare 7" EP. 'Auto-suggestion' and 'From Safety To Where...?' featured alongside tracks from Thursdays and Basczax.
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Joy Division - Transmission Transmission listen to soundbites
7" single with it's B-side 'Novelty', recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport and produced by Martin Hannett. Released in October 1979, does not chart. Neither track appear on the album.
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In October, Joy Division go on tour, supporting The Buzzcocks, a tour which allows them to give up their day jobs
Joy Division - Les Bains Douches Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979
In December 1979, Joy Division play Les Bains Douche in Paris. The show is broadcast on Paris FM radio and the 16 tracks are later released on CD (Mar 2003).
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1980
Despite Ian Curtis's epilesy forcing the cancellation of some gigs, Joy Division tour Holland, Belgium and Germany in January
Joy Division - Refractured Amsterdam 11 January 1980
Recorded live at the Paradiso Club in Amsterdam in Jan 1980, this 17 track recording was released on CD as part of the limited edition 'Refractured' Factory box set, released in 2003. It also included 'Les Bains Douches' and 'Preston 28 February 1980' CDs together with tracks recorded in Eindhoven, a black 'Refractured' T-shirt and a poster.
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Ian, married to Debbie Curtis for 5 years and with whom he had a 9 month old baby daughter, starts to have an affair with Annik Honoré, a fan he meets in Belgium. Together with his worsening epilesy, forcing him to go into trance-like seizures, this relationship leads to the breakdown of his marriage.
Joy Division - Preston Warehouse Preston 28 February 1980
Recorded live at Preston Warehouse in Feb 1980, this recording was released on CD in December 2000. The sound quality is less than pristine, the band's performance is far from perfect, and their equipment keeps malfunctioning. Ian can be heard stating "I think everything's falling apart" whilst the PA can be heard asking "Anyone 'ere from Burnley?" in the middle of the set, "cos the coach is going in five minutes".
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Joy Division - Sordide Sentimental Sordide Sentimental listen to soundbites
This rare French 7" single, also known as 'Licht und Blindheit', featured the non-album tracks 'Atmosphere' and 'Dead Souls' together with some amazing artwork. Mar 1980
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On April 7th 1980, Ian Curtis tries to commit suicide by overdosing on phenobarbitone, the drug used to control his epilesy seizures.
The following night Joy Division take to the stage at the Derby Hall in Bury. Alan Hempstall of Crispy Ambulance and Simon Topping of A Certain Ratio fill in for the recovering singer for the first few songs with Ian Curtis taking to the stage for only a few songs. When Simon Topping returns to finish the set, some members of the audience start throwing bottles at the stage. Rob Gretton leaps into the crowd and starts a massive brawl.
Many April gigs are cancelled to allow Ian Curtis to recover and after a concert at Birmingham University on the 2nd May 1980, the band take a break ahead of their planned USA tour.
In May 1980, Deborah Curtis files for divorce from Ian
Ian returns to the family home on 17th May 1980, the day before he was due to fly to the USA. He pleads with Deborah to drop the divorce. When she refuses he tells her to leave him alone in the house until he catches his train to Manchester the next day.
At 5am on 18th May 1980, Ian Curtis hangs himself in the kitchen. Deborah finds the body when she returns at midday
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart Love Will Tear Us Apart listen to soundbites
The posthumous single reaches number 13 in the UK in June 1980. B-side 'These Days' and the uncredited alternative take of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' also fail to make the album 'Closer', which was recorded at the same time. It also recharted in 1983, reaching no.19 (March 1980).
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Joy Division - Kevin Hewick - Haystack Haystack listen to soundbites
Kevin Hewick
Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook & Stephen Morris recorded this track in Jun 1980 with Martin Hannett and Factory artist Kevin Hewick. It was later issued on his 'Tender Bruises and Scars' CD. Tony Wilson had suggested that the band recruit Kevin as a replacement for Ian.
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Joy Division - Closer Closer listen to soundbites
Recorded in London and produced by Martin Hannett in March 1980, Joy Division's second album is finally released in July 1980, reching UK no.6. It includes the tracks 'Heart And Soul', 'Twenty Four Hours', 'The Eternal' and 'Decades', 'Atrocity Exhibition', 'Isolation', 'Passover', 'Colony' and 'A Means To An End'. It was re-mastered and re-issued in September 2007 with the extra CD, Live at The University of London, 8th Feb 1980.
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Joy Division - Komakino Komakino listen to soundbites
Mega rare Factory Records flexi disc featuring tracks 'Komakino', 'Incubation' and the uncredited 'As You Said', also known as 'And Then Again'. (July 1980).
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Joy Division - Atmosphere Atmosphere / She's Lost Control listen to soundbites
This previously unreleased track was released as a single in Sep 1980 with a re-recorded 12" version of 'She's Lost Control'. Did not chart.
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Joy Division - Transmission Transmission listen to soundbites
Sep'80 - the 'Transmission' single is re-released, with the original B-side, 'Novelty'. Does not chart
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In October 1980, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris recruit Stephen's girlfriend, Gillian Gilbert to play keyboards in the new line-up. Bernard takes the new role as both vocalist and guitarist. Rob Gretton reads an article in the Guardian entitled "The People's New Order of Kampuchea" and the band rename themselves New Order
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