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19.  Joy Division

As seen with our sixth selection the NIHOF committee elected to separate New Order and Joy Division. We may reevaluate that decision one day, but considering the separate “life of its own” that Joy Division appears to be garnishing lately; it made more sense to us to create individual entries.


The suicide of lead singer, Ian Curtis cut Joy Division short before it really got started. Considered in some circles to be the most important act in the Post Punk movement, Joy Division parlayed an all too brief career into cult status. Forgoing the rapid energy of Punk riffs, they turned to haunting melodies and melancholy lyrics. Joy Division did not sell a lot of albums in their initial run to be considered a commercially successful act; yet time is shining a positive light on their legacy. Recent years have produced a feature film and a documentary, and they have been cited as a major influence by many successful bands. As much as we would love to see Ian Curtis inducted his best shot may be if Joy Division is packaged with New Order. Currently, there has yet to be a Non-American artist with limited North American success whom is in the Hall. Could Joy Division be the first?

 

www.joydiv.com

 (Tribute Site)

Should Joy Division be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 77.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #23
    2011: #23
    2012: #27
    2013: #24
    2014: #23
    2015: #22
    2016: #23
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 2003
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Manchester, England)
  • Why they will get in: The rising profile of Ian Curtis in death raises their chances.
  • Why they won't get in: They had a very brief career and it is very possible that New Order will get in without Joy Division.
  • Essential Albums: Unknown Pleasures (1979)
    Control (1980)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Transmission (Single, 1979)
    She’s Lost Control (From Unknown Pleasures, 1979)
    Shadowplay (From Unknown Pleasures, 1979)
    Love Will Tear Us Apart (Single, 1980)
    Isolation (From Closer, 1980)

Should Joy Division be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 77.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.4%
Last modified on Monday, 05 March 2018 02:43

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+3 #2 Namella 2017-08-11 00:39
I agree w/Sean. Put 'em in together. Joy Division on their own were too short-lived but packaged w/New Order, it makes sense.
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+9 #1 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
If they want to induct the Small Faces and the Faces together just to honor Rod Stewart again, I expect these guys to be bundled with New Order to induct Ian Curtis. Both bands are deserving, but inducting them separately will probably be a harder sell to the Rock Hall voters. They'll be inducted together.
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