Time and retro fashion smile kindly on this pioneering ambiant-gloom band from Manchester, England, whose brief but influential tenure ended with leader Ian Curtis’ 1980 suicide. Here’s proof: a still-vital compilation from the group’s few active years, and a tribute CD by modern-day acolytes. Framed by the original version and a contemporary remix of 1980’s ”Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Permanent: Joy Division 1995 documents the band’s cool, beyond-punk voltage beneath Curtis’ murmurings. A Means to an End: The Music of Joy Division validates the band’s link to the glum end of alterna-rock, with strong input from Low, Codeine, and Kendra Smith. The joy/anti-joy goes on. Permanent: Joy Division 1995: A- A Means to an End: The Music of Joy Division: B
Posted October 6 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT
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