The lead singer of Joy Division
, Ian Curtis, committed suicide in 1980. The three remaining members of the band came together, added a keyboardist, and restarted as New Order. Although Joy Division was a dark punk-rock band, New Order eventally broke away from their roots and made some of the greatest, most original dance and rock music from the 80's.
Although they were never that commercially successful, they had dominated many of the dance clubs of the 80s, with hits like Blue Monday (1983), True Faith (1987) and Bizarre Love Triangle (1986).
The band went on a hiatus during the 90s after the release of Republic (1993), but they have come back in recent years. Their 2001 album Get Ready was a return to their guitar based rock roots, and their most recent album Waiting For the Sirens' Call (2005) is considered to be just as great as their albums from the 80's.
Some of the best New Order songs:
Age of Consent
Bizarre Love Triangle
Every Little Counts
Touched By the Hand of God
60 Miles An Hour
Hey Now What You Doing