Correction appended: Dec. 16, 2010
In May 1980, just as British band Joy Division was about to strike out on an American tour in support of their soon to be released second album, lead singer Ian Curtis hanged himself. That disc, Closer, came out two months later and is today celebrated as the definitive record of the post-punk movement. Joy Division’s remaining band members went on to form the early 80s outfit New Order, responsible for the hit songs “Blue Monday,” “Bizarre Love Triangle” and “Age of Consent.” Correction: The original version of this story very incorrectly stated that the song “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was a single off the album Closer.
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