A music band that existed back in 1977-1980.
Released two albums: "Unknown Pleasures" and "Closer".
Most known song is "Love will tear us apart".
Played gloomy goth rock, post punk, new wave style. Think of The Cure only Joy Division is more depressive.
Ended up because lead singer of the band, Ian Curtis, who suffered from epilepsy and depression, commited suicide by hanging in 1980 May 18th (at the age of 24).
This band is not so known but their influence to the whole goth, post punk and new wave music was tremendous.

If you are goth and don't know this band, shame on you. I'm not goth but still know it.


"His second (and final) album with Joy Division - 'Closer' - is considered one of the darkest and most haunting albums in music history. The lyrics largely document Curtis's emotional turmoil leading up to his suicide." -us.imdb.com
Mother I tried please believe me
I'm doing the best that I can
I'm ashamed of the things I've been put through
I'm ashamed of the person I am

Isolation, isolation, isolation
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Former definition is ok for 100% (band name), but the origin of the bands name is:

The joy division was a known name for areas in concentration camps (2nd W.W.) where (female) prisoners offered their services to the (German) guards.
Joy division still rules (great music from the 80's)
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one of the best and most influential bands of all time.
they sounded like nothing before them and no one has sounded anything like them since. while at first i dudn't really like them them the more in listened to them the more i loved them and i now listen to them everyday. this is the band that single handedly invented post- punk ad ian curtis was a true genuius.
me: i love

"Joy Division!"

my gf: your so weird
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An area of WW2 concentration camps where women and children were forced into sexual slavery.
Take them to the Joy Division.
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Joy Division's (best musical group ever c. 1977-1980) widely known song, "Love Will Tear Us Apart", is partly a tongue in cheek response from Ian Curtis (lead singer and lyricist) to the sappy sweet popular tune by Captain & Tennille, "Love Will Keep Us Together". Ian could not stand that song and lamented that it had been on the radio nearly nonstop since it's 1975 release.
Joy Division was a post punk English band from 1977-1980 that included Ian Curtis, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook.
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Post Punk / Punk / New Wave under the famous manager Tony Wilson, band started in 1976 after seeing a live performance of the sex pistols, front man ian curtis committed suicide in 1980, the band moved on to creat such bands as New Order
love will tear us apart by joy division is a terrible song! try listening to dissorder or digital
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1. A great band.
2. What the nazis called female prisoners who were kept alive to be prostitutes for the german army.
Love will tear us apart, again
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