If you came to Joy Division expecting an easy listening experience, you would have been wrong. The group had its beginning in the late 70s as a punk rock group but were described as post-punk upon the release of their 1979 debut album, Unknown Pleasures. One critic described their sound as "punk with Gothic overtones." Their short four-year run ended when lead singer and lyricist Ian Curtis committed suicide at 23. The remnants of the band formed a successor group called New Order that enjoyed greater commercial success. Music t-shirts featuring the band are available on our site to commemorate the brief bright flame they left behind. They are truly music memorabilia now.