These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Despair Event Horizon: 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 Driven to Suicide as a result.
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'.
Fandom Rivalry: Oh god, Joy Division fans vs. New Order 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, many more fans enjoy both bands.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Joy Division has a strong cult following in New Zealand. When Ian Curtis died, a fan had painted a tribute to him on a Wellington wall◊, which still remains today, although it had been relocated and re-painted a few times.
Harsher in Hindsight: Most of Ian's lyrics are ominous but In a Lonely Place stand out. It never actually came out in Ian's lifetime, but New Order 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.
Jerkass Woobie: Ian Curtis. Yes, by many accounts, he wasn't the easiest person to deal with, and his treatment of his 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 only came to shows to watch him have epileptic fits instead of trying to get the message of his band's music. His life wasnot a very good one.
Serious Business: Much like 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 take his dog for a walk in the middle of the night.
Sophomore Slump: Closer is a notable aversion, being considered the band's masterpiece.
Tear Jerker: "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 TearJerkers, 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.
But the sickness is drowned out by cries for more Pray to God, make it quick, watch him fall
"Heart and Soul", "24 Hours", "Ceremony", "In A Lonely Place", and "Atmosphere" also qualify for this.