In a way it seems odd to be still talking about Joy Division. They’ve almost drifted into that place of unknowable myth; a series of memories, documentaries, films and portraits that are sealed in amber, never to be really known by a younger generation.
Today marks the 31st anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death, but why should we care?
Well, strip away all the histrionics and we’re left with a catalogue of songs which excite and chill in equal measure.
I was shocked, when as a life-long member of ‘Team New Order’, I happened upon ‘The Best Of Joy Division’- a compilation released years after they split - and I couldn’t stop listening to it. I finally understood the devotion, the cult that was always bigger and better than the tragedy that befell them. Musically, Joy Division seemed to live in an eternal winter, a unique ice age of their own creation which resonates with a unique splendor like anything else that came before or after it. I couldn’t believe that I’d spent so long missing out on them.
Head here to read Paul Morley's original 1980 NME piece on Ian Curtis, and check out our special gallery of Kevin Cummins' classic Joy Division shots here.
Plus watch Peter Hook talking about his memories of his former bandmate and leave your own Ian Curtis memories below.