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Joy Division were an English rock band formed in Salford in Sumner and Hook formed the band after attending a Sex Pistols concert.
While Joy Division's first recordings were Insight - Joy Division - Warsaw Demos & Peel Session 79 influenced by early punkthey soon developed a sound and style that made them one Pocałunek - Various - Green Star Hits Vol. 6 the pioneers of the post-punk movement. Their self-released debut EP An Ideal for Living drew the attention of the Manchester television personality Tony Wilsonwho signed them to his independent label Factory Records.
Their debut album Unknown Pleasuresrecorded with producer Martin Hannettwas released in Curtis suffered from personal problems including a failing marriage, depressionand epilepsy.
As the band's popularity grew, Curtis's condition made it increasingly difficult for him to perform; he occasionally experienced seizures on stage. Joy Division's second and final album, Closerwas released two months later; it and the single " Love Will Tear Us Apart " became their highest charting releases.
The remaining members regrouped under the name New Order. They were successful throughout the next decade, blending post-punk with electronic and dance music influences.
Both were inspired by the Pistols' performance. Sumner said that he felt the Pistols "destroyed the myth of being a pop star, of a musician being some kind of god that you had to worship". After their schoolfriend Martin Gresty declined an invitation to join as vocalist after getting a job at a factory,  the Insight - Joy Division - Warsaw Demos & Peel Session 79 placed an advertisement for a vocalist in the Manchester Virgin Records shop.
Ian Curtiswho knew them from earlier gigs, responded and was hired without audition. If we liked someone, they were in. Buzzcocks manager Richard Boon and frontman Pete Shelley have both been credited with suggesting the band name "Stiff Kittens", but the band settled on "Warsaw" shortly before their first gig, a reference to David Bowie 's song " Warszawa ".
In AugustWarsaw placed an advertisement in a music shop window seeking a replacement drummer. Stephen Morriswho had attended the same school as Curtis, was the sole respondent. Deborah Curtis, Ian's wife, stated that Morris "fitted perfectly" with the band, and that with his addition Warsaw became a "complete 'family'".
The band spent late March and April writing and rehearsing material. The band were unhappy with the Grapevine Records head John Anderson's insistence on adding synthesiser into the mix to soften the sound, and asked to be dropped from Speculum - Brak CD contract with RCA.
Insight - Joy Division - Warsaw Demos & Peel Session 79 Division made their recorded debut in June when the band self-released An Ideal for Livingand two weeks later their track "At a Later Date" was featured on the compilation album Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus which had been recorded live in October Drum Fire - Various - Trade Volume Three argued that accusations of neo-Nazi sympathies merely provoked the band "to keep on doing it, because that's the kind of people we are".
According to Deborah Curtis, "Sandwiched in between these two important landmarks was the realisation that Ian's illness was something we would have to learn to accommodate". Unknown Pleasures was released in June and sold through its initial pressing of 10, copies. Wilson said the success turned the indie label into a true business and a "revolutionary force" that operated outside of the major record label system.
They supported the Buzzcocks in a venue UK tour that began that October, which allowed the band to quit their regular jobs. Joy Division's burgeoning success drew a devoted following who were stereotyped as "intense young men dressed in grey overcoats".
Joy Division toured Europe in January This Is Reality. This Is Doom - Colt 45 - Extinction (File, Album) the schedule was demanding, Curtis experienced only two grand mal seizures, both in the final two months of the tour. A lack of sleep and long hours destabilised Curtis's epilepsy, and his seizures became almost uncontrollable.
The seizures left him feeling ashamed and depressed, and the band became increasingly worried about Curtis's condition. When Topping came back towards the end of the set, some audience members threw bottles at the stage. Curtis's ill health led to the cancellation of several other gigs that April.
Joy Division's final live performance was held at the University of Birmingham 's High Hall on 2 May, and included their only performance of " Ceremony ", one of the last songs written by Curtis. Ian Curtis, Radio Lancashire interview, Hannett's production has been widely praised. Hook said that when he heard the final mix of " Atrocity Exhibition " he was disappointed that the abrasiveness had been toned down.
He wrote; "I was like, head in Beautiful/Depressing - Sign - The Hope, 'Oh fucking hell, it's happening again Martin had fucking melted the guitar with his Marshall Time Waster.
Made it sound like someone strangling a cat and, to my mind, absolutely killed the song. I was so annoyed with him and went in and gave him a piece of my mind but he just turned round and told me to fuck off. He was also anxious about how American audiences would react to his epilepsy. The evening before the band were due to depart for America, Curtis returned to his Macclesfield home to talk to Deborah. He asked her to drop an impending divorce suit, and asked her to leave him alone in the house until he caught a train to Manchester the following morning.
Deborah discovered his body later that day when she returned. The suicide shocked the band and their management. InWilson said: "I think all of us made the mistake of not thinking his suicide was going to happen We all completely underestimated the danger.
We didn't take it seriously. That's how stupid we were. Morris said that even without Curtis's death, it was unlikely that Joy Division would have endured. Gilbert had befriended the band and played guitar at a Joy Division performance when Curtis had been unable to play.
New Order's debut single, "Ceremony"was formed from the last two songs written with Curtis. Various Joy Division outtakes and live material have been released.
Stillfeaturing live tracks and rare recordings, was issued in Factory issued the Substance compilation inincluding several out-of-print singles. A comprehensive box set, Heart and Soulappeared in Joy Division's style quickly evolved from their punk roots. Their sound during their early inception as Warsaw was described as generic and "undistinguished punk-inflected hard-rock".
Critic Simon Reynolds observed how the band's originality only "really became apparent as the songs got slower", and their music took on a "sparse" quality. According to Reynolds, "Hook's bass carried the melody, Bernard Sumner's guitar left gaps rather than filling up the group's sound with dense riffage and Steve Morris' drums seemed to circle the rim of a crater. He used to play high lead bass because I liked my guitar to sound distorted, and the amplifier I had would only work when it was at full volume.
When Hooky played low, he couldn't hear himself. Steve has his own style which is different to other drummers. To me, a drummer in the band is the clock, but Steve wouldn't be the clock, because he's passive: he would follow the rhythm of the band, which gave us our own edge. Sumner largely acted as the band's director, a role he continued in New Order.
Curtis hated playing guitar, but the band insisted he do so. Sumner said, "He played in quite Insight - Joy Division - Warsaw Demos & Peel Session 79 bizarre way and that S.O.S.
- Menace - Rogues Gallery us was interesting, because no one else would play like Ian". Producer Martin Hannett "dedicated himself to capturing and intensifying Joy Division's eerie spatiality". Hannett believed punk rock was sonically conservative because of its refusal to use studio technology to create sonic space. Hannett said, "[Joy Division] were a gift to a producer, because they Insight - Joy Division - Warsaw Demos & Peel Session 79 have a clue.
They didn't argue". Morris recalled, "Typically on tracks he considered to be potential singles, he'd get me to play each drum on its own to avoid any bleed-through of sound". There are "devices of distance" in his production and "the sound is an illusion of physicality".
Curtis was the band's sole lyricist, and he typically composed his lyrics in a notebook, independently of the eventual music to evolve. Curtis's imagery and word choice often referenced "coldness, pressure, darkness, crisis, failure, collapse, loss of control".
Burroughs and J. Ballard were "obvious influences" to Curtis, and Morris also remembered the singer reading T. Insight - Joy Division - Warsaw Demos & Peel Session 79 was unwilling to explain the meaning behind his lyrics and Joy Division releases were absent of any lyric sheets.
They're multidimensional. You can read into them what you like. But everyone's got their own opinion. Morris said Insight - Joy Division - Warsaw Demos & Peel Session 79 "it was only after Ian died that we sat down and listened to the lyrics Because I'd look at Ian's lyrics and think how clever he was putting himself in the position of someone else.
I never believed he was writing about himself. Looking back, how could I have been Because Of You - Tony Bennett - Live In Concert (DVD) bleedin' stupid?
Of course he was writing about himself. But I didn't go in and grab him and ask, 'What's up? In contrast to the sound of their studio recordings, Joy Division's live sound was typically loud and aggressive. The band were especially unhappy with Hannett's mix of Unknown Pleasureswhich replaced abrasiveness for a more cerebral and Choronzon - The Howling Wind - Of Babalon sound.
According to Sumner "the music was loud and heavy, and we felt that Martin had toned it down, especially with the Lisa Stansfield - Change - Dance Vault Mixes. During their live performances, the group did not interact with the Season Of The Witch - Donovan - Donovans Greatest Hits according to Paul Morley, "During a Joy Division set, outside of the songs, you'll be lucky to hear more than two or three words.
Hello and goodbye. No introductions, no promotion. Sumner later said, "We didn't have flashing lights, but sometimes a particular drum beat would do something to him. He'd go off in a trance for a bit, then he'd lose it and have an epileptic fit. We'd have to stop the show and carry him off to the dressing room where he'd cry his eyes out because this appalling thing had just happened to him".
The way the guitarist and the drummer played was a really unusual way of playing".
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