Joy Division now have an official website for the first time.
Joydivisionofficial.com was announced earlier today (June 25) on the band’s Facebook page. The website features a news section, an extensive band biography, a discography, a photo gallery and a “listen” section. At present, the “listen” section allows fans to experience a classic Joy Division album set to photographs by Charlie Meecham, the artist whose work was used on the cover of the band’s 1980 single ‘Atmosphere’.
“We hope to add more specially-commissioned videos, inspired by the band, in the future,” the website says.
Joy Division’s official website launches as the band’s catalogue is about to be reissued on vinyl with extra material. ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’ will be available on 180-gram vinyl from June 29, while ‘Still’ and an expanded edition of ‘Substance’ will follow on July 24. The expanded version of ‘Substance’ will include audio remastered in 2010 and will mark the first time the compilation has been available on vinyl. It is set to feature bonus track ‘As You Said’ plus the Pennine version of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. The reissues of ‘Unknown Pleasures’, ‘Closer’, and ‘Still’ contain audio remastered in 2007.
Meanwhile, the home of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis is to be turned into a museum dedicated to the late singer after a fan of the band purchased the property. The frontman took his own life on May 18, 1980 at the age of 23, days before Joy Division were due to undertake a US tour.
Bands including Django Django, Slaves and Everything Everything recently spoke about their feelings for the frontman in an NME video tribute to mark the 35th anniversary of his death.