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Joy Division’s 1979 debut is, at once, glistening and foreboding. Its atmospheric production and Ian Curtis’ dramatic croon—shot through with scything guitars, cutting synthlines and booming bass—combine to create an eerie sense of disconnection and distance. The punchy and anxious “Shadowplay”, the echo-heavy “She’s Lost Control” and the rifftastic “Interzone” are perfect, if not sinister, storms of punk and dance. Other tunes, like pop-brooder “New Dawn Fades” and the tribal-dirge of an album closer, “I Remember Nothing”, set the stage for the coming darkness that was goth rock.

Customer Reviews

to know thyself

Ok - I've rated this album great. It's underproduced, it's a complete atmosphere of doom, it's a work that sticks you to a spot. It's post-punk from a group of lads who have captured all the horrible feelings you experience as a teen. You listen. You understand. and you like. No-one band since has captured soooo much in one album. So when you are alone, turn off the lights and experience a sound that gives credence to all that once you were ashamed. Enjoy.

Why the live stuff?

Why does this album need live tracks tacked onto the end of it? Don't get me wrong. The live tracks included are all good songs in their own rights but they are just so out of place here. Unknown pleasures is a journey to somewhere dark and twisted. A place deep within those darkest places. It's an experience all on it's own and it will take you there and back again. If you buy this collection, treat it as two seperate play lists. Enjoy the live tracks. I do and you will to. But keep Unknown pleasures as it was meant to be, drawn from Ian Curtis's soul and imprinted onto the blackest vinyl. (a black ipod will do as a substitute) It's a classic album that has and will stand the test of time. Don't mess with it. Let it mess with you.

The Joy, The Joy

This band rocked me! Walking into a party at my brother's place I heard Joy Division for the first time and was transported to I don't know where – but I liked it... I liked it a lot. Call me melancholy but somehow their music made me feel real. Rock On!


Formed: 1977 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Formed in the wake of the punk explosion in England, Joy Division became the first band in the post-punk movement by later emphasizing not anger and energy but mood and expression, pointing ahead to the rise of melancholy alternative music in the '80s. Though the group's raw initial sides fit the bill for any punk band, Joy Division later incorporated synthesizers (taboo in the low-tech world of '70s punk) and more haunting melodies, emphasized by the isolated, tortured lyrics of its lead vocalist,...
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