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Trivia / Joy Division

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  • Author Existence Failure: Which caused the band to cease, leading to the foundation of New Order.
  • Big Name Fan: George Michael, of all people, was a fan of the band, and Closer in particular, praising the album in interviews. Kurt Cobain was also a fan, and his life and Ian Curtis' had a lot of dark parallels.
  • Colbert Bump: Not strictly accurate (they were gone before anyone noticed) but just about the only high quality recordings of live performances are from guest spots on TV shows.
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  • Creator Breakdown: Closer showed it in full, but the first signs were already present in Unknown Pleasures.
  • Executive Meddling: To the opposite extreme. Curtis committed suicide only weeks before Closer was due for release, but Tony Wilson decided to keep Peter Saville's cover which depicted the front of the Appiani Family tomb in Italy (itself a sculpture of Christ being laid to rest).
  • Fan Nickname: Japanese fans nickname Bernard as "Bernie" (バーニー) & Peter as "Hooky" (フッキー).
  • Follow the Leader: The band's 1988 Substance compilation collects the band's non-album singles and EPs, just as the New Order compilation of the same name released a year earlier did.
  • The Production Curse: A number of people affiliated with the band have died at an early age:
    • Lead singer Ian Curtis hanged himself in 1980 at 23.
    • Producer Martin Hannett died in 1991 at the age of 42 after years of drug abuse.
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    • Manager Rob Gretton died in 1999 of a heart attack at 46.
    • Factory Records founder Tony Wilson died of renal cancer in 2007 at 57.
    • Ian Curtis' lover and founder of Factory Benelux, Annik Honoré, died in 2014 of cancer at 56.
  • Production Posse: The band's Factory releases were produced by Martin Hannett and the covert art designed by Peter Saville.
  • Short-Lived Big Impact: They only released two albums owing to the Artist Existence Failure of their lead singer (who died at 23), but are the first thing almost everyone thinks of when they hear the term Post-Punk, in addition to helping lay the groundwork for what would become Goth Rock. If The Doors did not influence them, usually Joy Division did.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Because Ian never wrote down the lyrics to "Ceremony" and because his vocals are near-inaudible on all surviving recordings of it, Bernard had to use a graphic equalizer to approximate the lyrics for New Order's re-recordings. This has fueled quite a bit of speculation over the years regarding how Ian had originally envisioned the song's lyrics.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The band was due to start their first American tour the day after Ian Curtis killed himself.
    • The fact that "Ceremony" only exists in a variety of poorly-mixed live and rehearsal recordings (wherein Ian's vocals are so muted you can hardly make them out) has raised quite a bit of speculation about how it might've turned out had Ian lived long enough to see it completed. The March 1981 recording by New Order is considered the closest official approximation to what Joy Division's "Ceremony" might've sounded like in a finished form, but even then it's not exact given Ian's obvious absence.
    • Joy Division could have gone in the direction New Order went had Ian not died. Ian became a fan of artists like Kraftwerk and introduced them to the other members, which would have resulted in Joy Division going more synthpop and probably more emphasis on dance music too. This also fits considering how New Order's debut Movement sounds like Joy Division with Bernard/Peter on vocals.


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