Agree with the earlier answer that Joy Division were 'Post-Punk', but they were most definitely Punk in their previous incarnation as 'Warsaw'. Some of the tracks they recorded under that name are available on compilations incl the 'Heart & Soul' 4 cd box set. The 2 original albums they recorded as 'Joy Division' - 'Unknown Pleasures' & 'Closer' - are both peerless amongst the contemporary 'Post Punk' scene at the turn of the 80s.<br />
The film is sensitive towards both Curtis' condition & the effect on those around him. It is also brave enough to include his relationship with his Dutch girlfriend with whom he was still embroiled when the end came. A sad but compelling viewing. <br />
I would also recommend to you the Group Documentary 'Joy Division' which came out around the same time & is available fairly cheaply on DVD. You get some great insight from the members & others around the band.
I've heard some of their music on one of my Cable TV's music channels. I like what I've heard so far.
Yes, they're cool. Damn shame about the lead singer though.
Not really punk... More post-punk... B-)
Such a shame about ian curtis but I understand why he did it... :-(
Joy Division is goth. Just like The Cure, Bauhaus, and Sisters of Mercy.<br />
They're alright, I of course like "love will tear us apart" and I also like "atmosphere" but...Eh. I prefer music with more intensity to it.
My dad (who's 53) says he always knew them as New Wave, mainly because it was english and mopey. Just like The Cure, Flock of Seagulls, and early Squeeze. He goes on to say that the first band he ever heard descibed as alternative was REM. And they sound NOTHING like Joy division.
I know the american underground punk and hardcore scene pretty well. From The Velvet Underground and the Swans, to The Minutemen, Sonic youth, and Replacements, to beat happening and mudhoney, to the Star ******* Hipsters and Ampere. New Wave is WAY out of my usual spectrum.
I have heard the music but don't know anything about the band.<br />
I'll have to check out the movie.
I have, but punk is for angry drones.
Yes I loved them when I was a kid. Hearing them now brings back good memories, but Ian Curtis had a rough time of it in his short life. I've only seen clips of the movie.
That film depressed me.
Not for long.