Joy Divisionwas an English rock band which was formed in 1976 in Salford, Manchester, England. The band was originally known as Warsaw and the members were, Ian Curtis (vocalist and guitar player), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboard player), Peter Hook (bass guitar player and vocalist), and Stephen Morris (drum and percussion player). Peter replaced three other temp drum players. The band originally played punk rock music then switched to what would become the beginning of the post punk movement in the late 1970's. The band released their debut EP called, An Ideal For Living, in 1978. The record caught the attention of Tony Wilson, a Manchester television personality. The band released their debut album under the Factory Records label in 1978. Factory Records was Tony Wilson’s independent record label. The album received critical acclaim from the British Press. During this time Ian Curtis was having marital problems and he also discovered that he had epilepsy. This made it difficult for him to perform live. On the evening that the group was supposed to begin their American tour in 1980, Ian Curtis committed suicide.
The band went on to release their second album called, Closer, in 1980. From this album came their biggest commercial success with their single called, Love Will Tear Us Apart. After the death of Curtis, the band continued as the group, New Order, and went on to receive much success.
The band was offered the job of recording a cover for, Keep on Keepin’ On, and was offered time in a professional recording studio as their pay. The band was not pleased with the results of the recording sessions and asked to be dropped from their contract. They released their debut record in 1978 when one of their tracks was used on the compilation album, Short Circuit - Live At the Electric Circus. The song was recorded live in 1977.
Joy Davidson went on a European tour in 1980. This was before Curtis died. He only had 2 large seizures while on the tour. Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his home and was found by his wife, Deborah. Curtis had previously tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of drugs. The band members did not believe that he was capable of trying it again. Curtis was not only having problems in his marriage and suffering from epilepsy, he was also having an affair with another woman. His wife was feeling neglected because of the time spent with the band and because of the affair. The band had a short career but they managed to released 2 albums during their musical career.
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