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Joy Division

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Joy Division (band)

Joy Division was a post punk band formed in 1977 in Manchester, England. The band dissolved in May of 1980 after the suicide of its lead singer Ian Curtis. The remaining members reformed as New Order a couple of months later. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Division_(band) [Jun 2005]

The name Joy Division is a reference to groups of Jewish women in the concentration camps during WWII who were used as prostitutes by the Nazis, as described in Karol Cetinsky's 1955 book, The House of Dolls.

Joy Division were later viewed as one of the first Goth band, Bauhaus The Cult, The Cure and others. However, due to their highly original sound, within their short career Joy Division were categorized alongside numerous other bands of eclectic styles as Post-Punk. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Division_(band), Apr 2004

WWII [...]

The Joy Division were groups of Jewish women in the concentration camps during World War II who were kept as prostitutes for the sexual pleasure of the Nazi guards, as described in Ka-tzetnik 135633's 1955 book, The House of Dolls.

'Ka-tzetnik's book is based on a diary kept by a young Jewess who was captured in Poland when she was fourteen years old and subjected to enforced prostitution in a Nazi labour camp. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Division_(WWII), Apr 2004

Closer (1980) - Joy Division

  1. Closer (1980) - Joy Division [Amazon.com]
    In retrospect, the second and final album by this Manchester postpunk band seems to point straight at singer Ian Curtis's suicide, which happened a few months before it was released. The band's reverberating mesh of minor-key lines and Curtis's tremorous bass voice are doomy enough on their own, and attention to the words reveals references to blacker-than-black stories by J.G. Ballard and Joseph Conrad; the void and its terrors were splitting Curtis apart from the inside. "I put my trust in you," he sings, and his voice leaves no doubt that that trust has been betrayed. But the music, grim and powerful as it is, points to the direction the surviving members took as New Order, incorporating the mechanical gravity of club rhythms. --Douglas Wolk for amazon.com

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