Joy Division Timeline……

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April – Stiff Kittens formed in Manchester. Ian Curtis (Vocals) Peter Hook (bass) Bernard Albrecht (guitar)

April – Stiff Kittens change their name to Warsaw

May – Tony Tabac joins Warsaw to play drums on their first gig at the Electric Circus in Manchester.

June – Tony Tabac is replaced on drums by Steve Brotherdale.

July – Warsaw recruit a new drummer Stephen Morris from Macclesfield. The group record together for the first time and release the 7 Inch E.P An Ideal For Living.

March – Warsaw change their name to Joy Division

September – Joy Division appear on Granada Reports performing “shadowplay”

October – An Ideal for Living rereleased as a 12 inch on Anonymous records.

October – In the studio with Martin Hannett to record the unknown pleasures LP

December – Joy Division play at Hope and Anchor pub in Islington London.

January – Joy Division travel to London to record a session for the John Peel radio show.

February – Factory Records release FAC2 a Factory Sampler Featuring the Joy Division tracks Glass and Digital.

June – The seminal Unknown Pleasures LP is released on Factory Records.

August – Joy Division support Buzzcocks on their UK tour.

October – Joy Division’s first single on Factory – Transmission is released on 7 & 12″ vinyl.

November – Joy Division return to London to record the second Peel Session.

January – Joy Division tour Europe playing Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin.

February – Joy Division begin recording the Closer LP with Martin Hannett at Britannia Studios in London

April – Joy Division play three nights at the Moonlight Club in London.

April 7th – Weary by his epilepsy seizures increasing, Curtis tries to commit suicide by taking an overdose of Phenobarbitone

April 8th – Joy division were due to play a gig at the Derby Hall in Bury. As Curtis was still recovering the band decided to go ahead with the gig with Alan Hempstall of Crispy Ambulance and Simon Topping of A Certain Ratio taking over vocal duties for Curtis. Curtis did go on stage for a few songs. Topping came back on stage to finish the set off and a riot ensued.

April – Several gigs were cancelled due to Curtis’ health. Joy Division managed to film the promo Video for the single Love Will Tear Us Apart.

May – Joy Division play at the University of Birmingham High Hall, This would be their last ever gig.

May 18th – On the eve of Joy Division’s American tour, Curtis committed suicide at his home in Macclesfield.

June – Love Will Tear Us Apart Released by Factory Records, charting at number 13 in the UK singles charts.

June – Komakino Flexi-Disc released by Factory Records and given away free by record shops. 10000 pressed.

July – Closer released peaking at number 6 in the UK album chart.

August – Atmosphere released in the U.S

September – Atmosphere (First Edition) Released by Factory Records – Cat Number FACUS 2

October – Still LP released by Factory Records .Reached number 5 In the UK Chart. The release included Limited edition Double Hessian gatefold LP released by Factory (5000 copies).A truly beautiful item and my personal favourite Joy Division sleeve.

August – Here are the young men video released by Factory – Flip top Cigarette type box outer cover in VHS and Betamax formats. Standard video case version also released.

November – The Peel Sessions single (1) containing the tracks, Exercise one, Insight, she’s lost control, transmission released on Strange Fruit.

September – The Peel Sessions Single (2) Released on Strange Fruit, The CD containing the same tracks released in 1988.

June – Atmosphere re-released on 7 Inch 12 Inch and Compact Disc.

July – Substance compilation released by Factory on LP, Cassette and the new DAT format. Reached number 7 in the UK charts. The last Joy Division Record released by Factory.

September – The Peel Sessions released by Strange Fruit. Tracks from both the Peel Sessions originally recorded in January and November 1979.

May – Love Will Tear Us Apart Single Released by Warner, Available on 12″, Cassette Single and CD Single.

June – Permanent released on CD and 2XLP by London Records. The LP included a Limited Edition print.

December – Heart and Soul 4XCD box set released by London Records.

July – The Complete BBC Recordings released on Strange Fruit. Track listings as the two previous Peel Sessions singles but includes Transmission and she’s lost control recorded for something else.

April – 24 Hour Party People – The dramatisation of the Factory Records story released in the cinema to critical acclaim. The soundtrack to the film is released at the same time on CD.

Joy Division and New Order inducted into the UK Music Hall OF fame. Inductees are selected by leading figures from the UK music industry.

May – Control the Biography of Ian Curtis, directed by renowned Dutch photographer and long time Joy Division fan Anton Corbijn premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.

September – She’s Lost Control / Dead souls released as a 7″ by Rhino to promote Control (Soundtrack) and the In Memory 4XLP Box set

September – In Memory 4XLP Limited Edition Box set (3000) Includes Closer, Still and Unknown Pleasures on 180 gram vinyl and new artwork from Peter Saville

September – Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Still, Re-Released By Warner / Rhino in expanded Collector’s Edition format CD and 180 Gram Vinyl LP.

October – Control soundtrack and released on Warner / Rhino. Tracks include a cover version of “Shadowplay” by The Killers.

Month unknown – Joy Division – Their own words, their own story, documentary by Grant Gee released on DVD.

February – Control DVD released in the UK

March – Control DVD released in Australia

June – Control DVD released in Canada and the U.S

Month Unknown – The best of joy Division Single album CD & Expanded Edition 2XCD – Released By Rhino

September – Heart and Soul Re-issued by London Records in a smaller Re-packaged “Pozolli” box Set.

September – Joy Division + / – “Clamshell” Box set Released on Warner. Ten 7″ Singles. Limited Deluxe Edition of 500 included 2XCD Promos and Limited Edition piece of Perspex art by Peter Saville.

February – Control Blu-Ray DVD released in the UK and Germany

June – Total – From Joy Division to New Order released on Rhino – Includes the previously unreleased track “Hellbent”, A “Leftover” track from the “Waiting for the sirens call ” sessions. There was also a Bernard Sumner signing day @ HMV Manchester on Wednesday the 22nd of June.

December – Joy Division + / – “Clamshell” Box set Released on Warner. Ten CD Singles previously unreleased on CD.


April 9th – Saturday

Joy Division’s debut release An Ideal For Living has been re-released by Rhino / warner for Record Store Day 2014.
13500 copies available worldwide.

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