* AwesomeMusic: Pretty much everything they did.
* DespairEventHorizon: Curtis. ''Control'' hypothesizes that after having a verbal altercation with his wife (chasing her out of the house) and watching TV, Curtis suffered another grand mal seizure and collapsed. When he came to again, he crossed the horizon--and was DrivenToSuicide as a result.
* EarWorm:
** 31G, 31G, 31G, 31G... from 'Warsaw'. And the bassline from 'Exercise One'.
** And of course, the more well-known hits 'Transmission', 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', 'She's Lost Control' and 'Dead Souls' certainly count.
** "This is the way, step inside..." from 'Atrocity Exhibition'.
* FandomRivalry: Oh god, Joy Division fans vs. NewOrder fans. Joy Division fans argue that the band is nothing without Ian Curtis's dark, poetic lyrics, while New Order fans argue that New Order has the energy, song-writing prowess and experimentation that made Joy Division great or was lacking in Joy Division. Of course, [[SilentMajority many more]] fans [[TakeAThirdOption enjoy both bands]].
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: The ''first two sentences'' of Melody Maker's review of ''Music/UnknownPleasures'': '"To talk of life today is like talking of rope in the house of a hanged man." Where will it end?'
** Let's not forget the tombstone on the cover of ''Closer'', which was released just weeks after Ian Curtis' suicide. (The art was created before his death.)
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Joy Division has a strong cult following in New Zealand. When Ian Curtis died, a fan had painted a tribute to him [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lamnl0GpB51qbv0nvo1_500.jpg on a Wellington wall]], which still remains today, although it had been relocated and re-painted a few times.
* HarsherInHindsight: Most of Ian's lyrics are ominous but ''In a Lonely Place'' stand out. It never actually came out in Ian's lifetime, but NewOrder re-recorded it as a b-side. The verse that stands out "Hangman looks round as he waits/Cord stretches tight and it breaks/One day we will die in your dreams/How I wish you were here with me now" Yikes.
** Though not a Joy Division song, Throbbing Gristle's song "Weeping" become more chilling than usual when taken into account that it's not only about suicide, but one of Ian Curtis's favorite songs, to the point of singing parts of it during phone calls with TG members.
*** Or, more specifically, one he made to Genesis P-Orridge (who had himself written the song as a kind of suicide note) mere days before killing himself. [[MadnessMantra Just singing "Weeping" into the phone before hanging up.]] [[NightmareFuel There really are no words...]]
* JerkassWoobie: Ian Curtis. Yes, by many accounts, he wasn't the easiest person to deal with, and his treatment of his [[YourCheatingHeart wife]] was indeed callous, but given how much he suffered in life, it's nearly impossible not to feel sympathy for the guy. To elaborate , he had ''severe'' depression, very, ''very'' bad epilepsy (with regular tonic-clonic seizures), and of course, this was at a time when nobody understood it enough to effectively help him. The pills he was prescribed only served to exacerbate his depression, and the constant performing with the band only serve to make his illness worse. There's also the fact that Curtis frequently felt like his audience [[JustHereForGodzilla only came to shows to watch him have epileptic fits]] instead of trying to get the message of his band's music. [[TheChewToy His life was]] [[{{Understatement}} not a very good one.]]
* SeriousBusiness: Much like [[{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]], Ian is remembered as being a tragic tortured figure but his bandmates remember him as a rather goofy and kind-hearted individual. Stephen Morris recalls in one book how he would drop Ian off at his house after gigs in the early hours and then Ian would [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming take his dog for a walk]] in the middle of the night.
* SophomoreSlump: ''Closer'' is a notable aversion, being considered the band's masterpiece.
* TearJerker: "Love Will Tear Us Apart". Also, "The Eternal" and "Decades", the combination of which a music critic called "suicide notes set to music".
** Many Joy Division songs are {{TearJerker}}s, but when Ian sings "For entertainment they watch his body twist" in "Atrocity Exhibition," and you remember about his epilepsy, you could definitely by forgiven for crying. The rest of the lyrics in the song do not help at all.
** "Heart and Soul", "24 Hours", "Ceremony", "In A Lonely Place", and "Atmosphere" also qualify for this.
* TooCoolToLive: Ian Curtis.
* TrueArtIsAngsty