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The History of Joy Division

Joy Division

My favorite foreign band is Joy Division, a band that influenced many bands around the world and I have a bit of resentment about how long it took me to get to know the band and enjoy the impeccable work they did. Among my favorite songs are: Transmisson, Shadowplay, New Dawn Fades, Day of the Lords and Decades.

The band Joy Division is one of the most iconic and influential bands in British post-punk. The band was formed in Manchester, England, in 1977, by Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboards), Peter Hook (bass), Ian Curtis (vocals) and Stephen Morris (drums).

Joy Division started out playing local clubs in Manchester and quickly rose to prominence for their intense, emotional approach to post-punk. In 1978, they released their first EP, “An Ideal for Living”, which caught the attention of Factory Records, with whom they signed a contract shortly afterwards.

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In 1979, they released their first album, “Unknown Pleasures”, which is considered a landmark in post-punk and one of the best albums in rock history. The album features an experimental and dark sound, combining pulsating beats with Ian Curtis' intense and emotional lyrics.

In 1980, the band released their second album, “Closer,” which was even darker than the first. Sadly, shortly before the album's release, Ian Curtis committed suicide at the age of 23. His death shocked the music world and marked the end of Joy Division.

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Despite their short career, Joy Division had a significant impact on the Manchester music scene and post-punk in general. Their experimental and emotional sound has influenced countless bands, including The Cure, Depeche Mode and Radiohead. The band was also a precursor to the gothic movement that emerged in the 1980s.

In 1981, the band's remaining members formed New Order, which became one of the most popular bands of the 1980s. But Joy Division's music continues to be remembered and appreciated to this day, as some of the most important and influential in history. of rock.

Below is a recommendation for one of Joy Division's best live performances:

Existence is… what does it matter? I exist in the best way I can. The past is now part of my future. The gift is not in my hand. – Ian Curtis

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Hello, I'm Matheus. I am currently graduating in Advertising, working as CEO and Creative Director at Araujo Media, Commercial Manager at TFX LATAM and I am the Creator of the Brazilian History portal.


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