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Joy Division: Permanent

Mark Cooper, MOJO, August 1995

WHEN JOY DIVISION'S UNKNOWN PLEASURES was released in June, 1979, it sounded like it came from another planet. Of course, it's easy now to historicise Joy Division, to see how they fused punk rock and Northern Soul into a new kind of dance-rock and how they discovered that existential angst could be new territory for rock'n'roll. These discoveries helped the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode and even U2 become the international success stories of the following decade.

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