Before there was New Order, there was Joy Division. In March 1980, the band released the dreamy “Atmosphere” and stood on the brink of worldwide success and an upcoming North American tour. But by May 1980, the band found themselves struggling to pick up the pieces after lead singer Ian Curtis hung himself at the tender age of 23. Though Curtis suffered from both epilepsy and depression, the magic he created while working with Joy Division continues to haunt listeners to this day. From “Love Will Tear Us Apart” to “Atmosphere,” Curtis’s unmistakable baritone voice and melancholic lyrics remain a true gem. As for the remaining members of Joy Division…well, they formed New Order and went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed and influential band of the 1980s. Magic.


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