In its brief four-year existence, British band Joy Division laid the foundation for much of the post-punk movement that followed. The suicide of singer Ian Curtis brought the band to an abrupt halt in 1980, but by the end of the year the remaining members regrouped and triumphed over their tragedy with a new band: New Order. With a dark, new wave aesthetic and disco rhythms, New Order eventually emerged from Joy Division’s shadow to become one of the most influential and acclaimed bands of the 1980s. —Jeff Royer
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