[[caption-width-right:350:Joy Division in the late-'70s. From left to right: [[Music/NewOrder Bernard Sumner]], Ian Curtis, [[Music/NewOrder Stephen Morris]] and [[Music/NewOrder Peter Hook]].]]

->''"Love will tear us apart again."''

A well-known [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} English]] PostPunk band.

'''Joy Division''' was formed after guitarist Bernard Sumner and bassist Peter Hook attended a Music/SexPistols concert in Manchester on 4 June 1976, and were inspired to form a band. The additions of vocalist Ian Curtis and drummer Stephen Morris completed the line-up. Initially named ''Warsaw'' (under which name they recorded an unreleased album, later bootlegged), the band changed its name to Joy Division in late 1977, which got them in trouble at first because of its fascist overtones.

As Joy Division, they recorded an EP which was basically UsefulNotes/{{punk}} with literary lyrics. This and playing around Manchester brought the group to the attention of Creator/TonyWilson, and they joined his record label Creator/FactoryRecords. After a month in the studio with producer Creator/MartinHannett, who completely changed their sound, their debut album ''Music/UnknownPleasures'' was released in 1979. In between touring, their second album ''Music/{{Closer}}'' was released in 1980. Both were critically acclaimed.

However, the relentless touring had a negative effect on the band. Vocalist Ian Curtis was an epileptic who sometimes suffered seizures during concerts, leading to their cancellation. His lack of sleep and alcohol abuse only added to his severe depression, and he committed suicide on 18 May 1980 (supposedly after watching ''Film/{{Stroszek}}'' on TV and listening to Music/IggyPop's ''Music/TheIdiot'').

Since they had a made a pact to change their name if anyone left, the rest of the band members renamed themselves Music/NewOrder, alongside Morris' girlfriend (now wife), keyboardist and guitarist Gillian Gilbert.

The band are portrayed by actors in the movies ''Film/TwentyFourHourPartyPeople'' and ''Film/{{Control}}''. The former is a biopic of Factory Records' head Tony Wilson, with Joy Division playing a major role in the first part of the film. The latter is a biopic of Ian Curtis himself, directed by photographer Creator/AntonCorbijn, who took a lot of the band's pictures during their early years.

!!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):
* '''Ian Curtis''' - lead vocals, guitar, melodica (1976–1980, died 1980)
* '''[[Music/NewOrder Peter Hook]]''' - bass, backing and lead vocals, guitar (1976–1980)
* '''[[Music/NewOrder Stephen Morris]]''' - drums, percussion (1976–1980)
* '''[[Music/NewOrder Bernard Sumner]]''' - guitar, keyboard, synthesizer, bass (1976–1980)

!!!Studio and Live Discography:
* 1978 - ''An Ideal For Living''
* 1979 - ''Music/UnknownPleasures''
* 1980 - ''Music/{{Closer}}''
* 1981 - ''Still'' [[note]]First half an odds and ends compilation, the second half a live recording.[[/note]]
* 1988 - ''Substance''
* 1990 - ''The Peel Sessions''
* 1999 - ''Preston 28 February 1980''
* 2001 - ''Les Bains Douches 18 December 1979''

!!!Non-album singles:
* 1979 - "Transmission" / "Novelty"
* 1980 - "Atmosphere" / "Dead Souls"
* 1980 - "Komakino" / "Incubation" / "As You Said"
* 1980 - "Love Will Tear Us Apart" / "These Days"

!!!'''''Dead Tropes''''':
* AllPartOfTheShow: Curtis' on-stage seizures were mistaken for his frenetic dancing style at first.
* BadassBeard: One of Peter Hook's visual trademarks.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: Music/NewOrder. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] thanks to the band's success, although literally true as in New Order, Gillian was on the keyboards not vocals.
* {{Bookworm}}: Ian Curtis was an avid reader.
* CloudCuckooLander: Producer Martin Hannett. Various legends state that Hannett forced drummer Stephen Morris to take apart his drum-kit and re-assemble it with toilet parts, made Morris continue recording for an hour after the rest of the band finished a song, set up his drum-kit on the studio's first-floor roof, and once went on a hill to record "silence" for an extended period of time.
** So that's why Jello Biafra said in the beginning of the Music/DeadKennedys track 'Nazi Punks Fuck Off' "Nazi Punks Fuck Off overproduced by Martin Hannett take 4."
** Hannett's heroin addiction is often cited as either [[ArtisticStimulation crucial to his signature sound]], or [[ImmuneToDrugs mysteriously irrelevant]]. Joy Division's legend nurtures profuse [[EpilepticTrees theories]]: Among the more popular is that epilepsy somehow kindled Ian Curtis' song-writing prowess (in this instance, the Trope Name might seem apropos: Until you give it a bit more thought, and realize it's irrelevant).
*** Even before he started seriously using heroin in the early '80s, Hannett was known to [[EruditeStoner indulge in large quantities of hash]], though his stoned behaviour was pretty much identical to his sober behaviour.
* CoverVersion: "Sister Ray" by Music/VelvetUnderground, on ''Still''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Martin Hannett turned a thudding punk band into something remarkable, with the same songs.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: There are way more Music/NewOrder albums, but look which band got a page first on this wiki... mostly because it'd be silly to discuss New Order without Joy Division. That's like discussing Music/FooFighters without mentioning Music/{{Nirvana}}.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: It can be surprising to see a picture of Ian ''in colour''.
* DenOfIniquity: Each studio-album-proper had a song describing one: "Day of the Lords" on ''Music/UnknownPleasures'', and "Atrocity Exhibition" on ''Music/{{Closer}}'' (a ShoutOut to Creator/JGBallard).
* DreadfulMusician: Bernard Sumner admitted that the band members were these in the early days.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The Warsaw recordings show Joy Division to be a fairly conventional punk band before they met Martin Hannett.
* EchoingAcoustics: Martin Hannett had a trademark reverb-heavy production style.
* FollowTheLeader: Music/TheKillers, Music/{{Editors}}, and Music/{{Interpol}} spring to mind.
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Isolation."
* GadgeteerGenius: Bernard Sumner was an electronic hobbyist in the band's early days to keep himself occupied at night while suffering from insomnia. He built the band's first synthesizer.
* GothRock: TropeNamer; their manager described their music as being "gothic" (to the band's displeasure) and the term stuck.
* HearingVoices:
** '''Digital''':
-->Feel it closing in
-->Feel it closing in
-->Day in, day out, day in, day out
-->''Day in, day out'', [+''day in, day out''+]
** '''Dead Souls'''
-->Calling me... Calling me...
-->They keep calling me
-->They keep calling me.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: The band's name comes from the prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp from the 1955 novel ''Literature/TheHouseOfDolls''.
* IronicName: They were never known for joyful songs.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: If ''24 Hour Party People'' and ''Control'' are any indication, the band's manager Creator/RobGretton seemed to have been one of these. He had an abrasive, aggressive personality, but also had his bands'/record labels' best interests at heart.
* {{Jerkass}}: According to his widow, Ian Curtis was a huge one. The rest of the band members tend to disagree.
** He may well have been a JerkassWoobie, if his mental illness and physical illness are anything to go by. The biopic on his life, ''Control'' seems to endorse this viewpoint.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Disorder," and to a lesser extent, "Isolation."
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: At the end of "Candidate" and "A Means to an End;" also used to chilling effect in "The Eternal."
* LyricalDissonance: "Isolation" is quite a bouncy SynthPop tune really, as is "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
* MadnessMantra:
** "Day in, day out, day in, day out, day in, day out..."
** "Calling me... Calling me..."
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness: Usually 6-7, sometimes up to an 8. Their songs pretty much all had lyrics that were... Less than happy, but the level varied somewhat. However, a general lack of profanity or EXPLICIT references to sex or violence (not to mention the poetic nature of the lyrics) keeps them from reaching the highest end of the scale.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Averaged around 3-5, with some that drop down to a 2 and a few that arguably go up to a 6.
* OopNorth: Influenced by the crumbling Manchester of the 1970's.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The cover for ''An Ideal for Living'' featured a Hitler Youth drummer, while their name itself is an allusion to a novel about the Nazis.
* NonIndicativeName: Their sound was pretty much the opposite of joyful. It makes more sense if you know that it's an IntentionallyAwkwardTitle.
* PostPunk: one of the most important bands of the genre, and the band that immediately comes to mind for many when the term is mentioned.
* PunkRock: In their earliest days (back when they were still called Warsaw), they counted as this.
* RefrainFromAssuming: No, the song is not called "Remember When We Were Young;" it's called "Insight."
* RunningGag: The band name "New Order" has a fascist subtext, also, though the band claims this was unintentional.
** It's possible that after the initial controversy the name "Joy Division" inspired, Sumner, Hook, and/or Morris were [[{{Troll}} trolling]] people by deliberately choosing a fascist-sounding name.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Ian's singing was baritone and American-accented, whereas his normal speaking voice was higher and [[OopNorth Northern English]].
* SpiritualSuccessor: Music/NewOrder.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Peter Hook sings lead on "Interzone."
* TalentDouble: Averted by the actors in ''Control''; they played the songs themselves, helped by there being plenty of ThreeChordsAndTheTruth songs. Creator/SamRiley (who portrayed Curtis) having been the lead singer of a rock band once beforehand may have helped also.
* ThoseWackyNazis: An ''Ideal for Living'''s artwork, deliberately intended to create controversy over whether the band was a Nazi band, which they weren't (this is referenced in 24 Hour Party People as well). Also, ''Warsaw'', one of the songs from this EP, is about Rudolf Hess.
* VocalEvolution: Compare Ian's voice on the ''Ideal for Living'' EP to when the band starting recording with Martin Hannett. Ian's voice lowers dramatically.
* YourCheatingHeart: One of issues that drover Ian to suicide was his affair with Annik Honoré.
* UpdatedRerelease: In the early '90s, the cover art for ''Substance'' was reworked on the European editions. For the 2015 reissue, a couple extra tracks were added: "As You Said" and an alternate version of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" from the single B-side were added, collecting all of the band's non-album tracks.
* WorstAid: Allegedly a contributing factor in Curtis' demise. Sumner has stated that he thinks the inadequate treatment given to Curtis for his epilepsy led to his suicide. Plus the scenes of Ian being dragged back stage while having a fit in ''24 Hour Party People'' aren't far from the truth.
** Adequate treatment would have entailed Ian refraining from live performance. He must have felt obligated to continue, regardless of whether he'd been explicitly pressured. For the still-developing band, not touring was not an option.
** Also, much less was known about epilepsy back in TheSeventies. All taken into account, Ian was probably lucky to a certain extent.
** ''Control'' endorses this view as well, showing both Curtis being given ''phenobarbital'' for his epilepsy, which even by the 1970's was considered a less-then-ideal treatment option.