Joy Division

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Joy Division was a rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, England, and viewed as one of the forerunners of gothic. It consisted of Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris. Originally called Warsaw, the band's sound originated from the proto-punk scene in North East England to become a major influence in the development of punk music and new wave.

After the death of lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980, the band reformed as New Order.

In January and February 1979, Joy Division recorded their first session for BBC Radio 1 and DJ John Peel. The prestige of recording a Peel session is thought to contribute to the group's burgeoning confidence as they quickly went on to support The Cure in March, and the recording of their debut album Unknown Pleasures in April. [1] Recorded in less than a week in Stockport's Strawberry Studios, Unknown Pleasures was released by Factory Records in June of the same year and instantly made an impact on the rock scene.


Sumner and Hook used the Shergold brand of guitars. Hook still uses his Shergold Marathon six-string bass.[2]


  1. Kennedy, J. Joy Division and the Making of Unknown Pleasures 2006, Unanimous Ltd.
  2. Kennedy, J. Joy Division and the Making of Unknown Pleasures 2006, Unanimous Ltd.