Joy Division



Joy Division
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Rating
Active
1976 to 1980
Born
November 30, -0001 in Salford
Died
November 30, -0001
Location
Salford, United Kingdom
Biography
Joy Division were an English post-punk rock band formed in Salford, Greater Manchester in 1976. Guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner and friend, bassist Peter Hook were inspired by watching a Sex Pistols gig at a local hall and embarked on their own rock career. Soon to follow were drummer Stephen Morris and singer Ian Curtis. From their punk roots they developed their own style to become one of the apparent pioneers of the post-punk movement happening in Britain at the time. They will always be remembered for their biggest hit “Love Will Tear Us Apart” before re-emerging as New Order.
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We know that Ian was drawing on the material he was immersed in.

In this case, 'Dead Souls', a picaresque novel by Nikolai Gogol, which was a satirical critique of the old Russian empire. It discusses the relationships of serfs (18th & 19th century slaves in Russia) and their masters. Perhaps Ian was presenting both his own personal feelings of ennui, and his dissatisfaction with the status quo, particularly the consumerist element of society which prior to, and during Ian's day, and in today's world, sells people false hope and unrealistic dreams through the media and advertising. Consumerism and individualist ideals have thus been linked to a variety of mental illnesses. Sigmund Freud theorized this idea, which was consequently used and promoted by his nephew Edward Bernays. Bernays done so to link products to the unconscious sexual and aggressive drives, in order to first instigate , and then maintain the irrational and impractical consumption of mass produced products e.g. cigarettes, new cars etc.

The inspiration for the novels title comes from the unit of measurement for Russian slaves in that era, which was known as 'souls'. The 'dead souls' are a reference to the main character, Chichikov's, attempts to build amass capital through the falsification of serf owning records. He was attempting to purchase dead serfs (souls) from landowners in order to build up a profitable register of slaves. The slaves wouldn't be counted as officially dead until the following census, therefore he would able to forge the records and capitalise.

I think it's possible that Ian was drawing parallels between the lives of subservience we enact and the path of degeneracy and corruption chosen by Chichikov in order to become rich wealthy, remaining subservient to his inner greed.

We are all loyal members of the materialistic house of prayer, the free market and ultimately I feel Ian may have believed it was better to die than to suffer life as a metaphorical dead soul.

Top Songs by Joy Division


Classic 80s Party

Disorder

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Les Bains Douches

Day of the Lords

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Unknown Pleasures

Candidate

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Interzone

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The Best Of

Isolation

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Wilderness

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Unknown Pleasures

I Remember Nothing

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Closer

Atrocity Exhibition

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The Best Of

Twenty Four Hours

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Still

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Albums, Releases & Mixtapes


Singles

Singles

New Order September 9, 2016

15 Tracks

Still

Still

Joy Division August 19, 2016

20 Tracks

People on the High Line

People on the High Line

New Order July 29, 2016

7 Tracks

Singularity

Singularity

New Order March 25, 2016

10 Tracks

Still [Collector's Edition]

Still [Collector's Edition]

Joy Division January 1, 2016

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Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti

New Order December 11, 2015

6 Tracks

Restless

Restless

New Order October 6, 2015

6 Tracks

Complete Music

Complete Music

New Order September 25, 2015

11 Tracks

Music Complete

Music Complete

New Order September 25, 2015

11 Tracks

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