Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures 40th Anniversary Music Video Series

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Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures 40th Anniversary Music Video Series

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Stephen Morris, Ian Curtis & Peter Hook performing live, 1979. Photo by Martin O'Neill/Redferns.

Joy Division’s career-defining 1979 album, Unknown Pleasures celebrates the 40th anniversary of its release this month. In honour of the occasion, the band are releasing a series of new, reimagined music videos for the album.

For the project, which is titled, Unknown Pleasures: Reimagined, the band’s visual coordinator, Warren Jackson, has commissioned ten new films to be made – one for each track on the album – which will present what is described as a “filmic re-imagining of the music in 2019.”

The first video, “I Remember Nothing”, has now been released and stars actor Baltasar Breki Samper, who appears in acclaimed drama Chernobyl. It is directed by Helgi and Hörur, who have previously worked with both Sigur Ros and Yoko Ono. Watch it below:

Unknown Pleasures was the sound of the future when it was released in 1979 and is still as relevant and urgent today. Fitting with the song’s intensity, this poetic but haunting video gives the song a 21st Century update with the stark visual contrast of the vast, bleak lands of Iceland.

Videos for the remaining nine tracks will be released over the course of the year. Additionally, announced last month, a limited-edition version of Unknown Pleasures has been issued to coincide with the 40th-anniversary celebrations. The limited-edition LP is pressed on 180g ruby red vinyl and features an alternative white sleeve resembling the original design idea. Order yours HERE.

Joy Division took only three weeks to record this album with a minimalist aesthetic, and unflinching introspection that is today considered an enormously influential cultural landmark. Listen to Unknown Pleasures on Spotify:

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