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The Story of Joy Division and New Order: a Time Line

Here’s a timeline infographic on the legacy of Ian Curtis, Joy Division, and New Order:

Referents of post punk and owners of an unmistakable sound, both Joy Division and the project that came off after its dissolution, New Order, are a striking story to review.

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Some events that appear in this timeline are basic to the history of both bands:

Obviously, the death of Ian Curtis on May 18, 1980 was a sine qua non tragedy for New Order to form. In detail, Anton Corbijn’s excellent documentary Control (2007) reviews the history of Joy Division, as well as the condition and final days of its singer.

Then some minor events, but still reconfiguring history: for example, the two separations and reunions of the band. A simple mention is also made of the litigation between bassist Peter Hook and against his companions, Bernard Sumner (guitar and vocals), Gillian Gilbert (keyboards, guitars) and Stephen Morris (drums).

Joy Division´s discography

With a short but cult and influential production, Joy Division’s studio albums are two.

  • Unkwown Pleasures (1979)
  • Closer (1980)

To this must be added the canceled 1979 debut, Warsaw, which came out in 1994. There are also several compilation albums that appear in the infographic. Inescapable mention is the single Love Will Tear us Apart. I will limit myself to pointing here in the text Heart and Soul, Still and Total: From Joy Division to New Order.

New Order´s Discography

New Order released ten studio albums in total, in addition to various live sessions and compilations. Here I will only list the studio releases, but others appear on the timeline.

  • Movement (1981)
  • Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)
  • Low-Life (1985)
  • Brotherhood (1986)
  • Technique (1989)
  • Republic (1993)
  • Get Ready (2001)
  • Waiting for the Siren´s Call (2005)
  • Lost Sirens (2013)
  • Music Complete (2015)

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