Joy Division were a British post-punk band formed in Salford, Greater Manchester, England in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris. The band's most successful release was the June 1980 single "Love Will Tear Us Apart", which was No. 1 in New Zealand. The band's seemingly innocuous name was actually the translation of a synonym for rape-rooms in WWII Nazi concentration camps.
Ian Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was Joy Divisions lead singer. He died by suicide on the eve of the band's first US/Canada tour, after which the remaining band-members reformed as 'New Order'. Curtis was a conservative and supported Margaret Thatcher.