They formed in Salford in 1976 after attending a Sex Pistols concert, initially using the name Warsaw. It wasn’t until the final line-up of the group came together that the band changed their name to Joy Division to stop any confusion with London punk band Warsaw Pakt and took the new name from the 1955 novel “House of Dolls”. In 1978 they released their first EP, An Ideal for Living, which helped grab the attention of Tony Wilson who was just setting up Factory Records. In fact, Joy Division would contribute 2 tracks to the record labels first release after buying their way out of a deal they had made with RCA and signing on to Factory Records.
In 1979 the band would record Unknown Pleasures, their debut album, at Stockport’s Strawberry Studios under the watchful eye of producer Martin Hannett. Hannett would incorporate several unusual production techniques and sound effects on the album’s recording. Along with digital delays, tape echoes and bounce the album contains the sound of smashing bottles, someone eating crisps and the sound of a toilet. What Hannett brought to the Unknown Pleasures was a gloomier, darker and more spacious feel to the band’s sound at a time when live was a much more energetic and aggressive sound. It was a change not all band members thought worked but in retrospect have come to accept it was exactly what the band needed. With easily one of the most iconic album covers of all time, an image produced by Peter Saville, Unknown Pleasures had everything right going for it.
The Final Word
“In the shadowplay, acting out your own death, knowing no more
As the assassins all grouped in four lines, dancing on the floor
And with cold steel, odor on their bodies mad a move to connect
But I could only stare in disbelief as the crowds all left”
Till our next Brew,