Joy Division was an English rock band formed in Salford, Greater Manchester in 1976. The band consisted of Ian Curtis (vocals, guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar, keyboards), Peter Hook (bass guitar), and Stephen Morris (drums). Joy Division is widely considered to be one of the most influential bands of the post-punk movement.
Joy Division's music was characterized by Ian Curtis' introspective lyrics and baritone voice, the band's minimalistic and atmospheric instrumentation, and their use of electronic and synthesizer sounds. The band's sound and style were heavily influenced by early punk and the German krautrock scene.
Joy Division released two studio albums during their short career: "Unknown Pleasures" in 1979 and "Closer" in 1980. Both albums received critical acclaim and are considered to be classics of the post-punk genre. In May 1980, Ian Curtis committed suicide, which led to the end of the band.
After Joy Division's disbandment, the remaining members formed the band New Order, which continued to explore electronic and dance music and became a major influence on the 1980s new wave and synthpop movements.