Remembering Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’

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Submitted by karajayne on Wed, 07/27/2022 - 09:59

Remembering Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’

Posted 27 Jul 2022
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Joy Division. Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty Images.

We’re remembering Joy Division’s 1979 masterpiece, Unknown Pleasures in honour of the band’s late frontman, Ian Curtis who would’ve celebrated his 66th birthday this month. 

 

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'Unknown Pleasures'

Part of a long line of musical heroes from Manchester (along with such bands as The Hollies, The Smiths and Oasis), Joy Division formed following a Sex Pistols gig in that northern British city. Released on this day in 1979, debut album Unknown Pleasures has a starker, more atmospheric sound than the group's loud and aggressive concerts, thanks to the work of producer Martin Hannett and an outstanding set of songs. She's Lost Control and Shadowplay are bleak and claustrophobic but vibrant all the same, touched with a sense of late-‘60s experimentalism and played with an urgency that's timeless. From Peter Saville's distinctive radio waves cover art to the last notes of I Remember Nothing, Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures delivers from start to finish, and is cited by such outlets as Q and NME as one of the greatest British albums of all time.

Let’s revisit those stark classics, below! 

Joy Division | ‘She's Lost Control’ 

Joy Division | ‘Shadowplay’

 

Joy Division | ‘I Remember Nothing’

READ MORE: REMEMBERING JOY DIVISION’S ELECTRIFYING 'SHE’S LOST CONTROL' LIVE IN 1979

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