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U.K. post-punk icons Joy Division formed in Manchester, England in 1977, and had an immense and profound impact on contemporary music in a brief time together.
They recorded only two studio albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, prior to lead singer Ian Curtis 1980 suicide. Their defining song, Love Will Tear Us Apart, a single-only release, became their breakthrough hit after that tragedy.
Joy Divisions remaining membersguitarist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morrisdisbanded the group (later re-forming as New Order), but not without making a lasting mark with their haunting, atmospheric music