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Unknown Pleasures

Joy Division
Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures
On this day in 1978, Rob Gretton and Tony Wilson saw Joy Division for the first time when the band performed at the “Stiff Test - Chiswick Challenge” in Manchester, England; Gretton wound up managing the quartet, and Wilson's Factory Records label would release their debut album, UNKNOWN PLEASURES, a year later. Producer Martin Hannett completed the behind-the-scenes dream team, providing an edgy ambiance to Joy Division's disconsolate post-punk. Ian Curtis' anguished delivery and Peter Hook's melodic bass work give a strange allure to songs like “She's Lost Control,” “New Dawn Fades” and “Shadowplay,” and while Curtis' 1980 suicide gave Joy Division's music a fatalistic aura, UNKNOWN PLEASURES has a stark power that suggests a band ready to conquer the world.

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