It was a record that didn’t threaten the charts and had spare copies filling up the offices of Factory Records. Yet it went on to become one of the most critically-acclaimed, influential and loved albums ever released. The 39 minutes of Joy Division’s debut album Unknown Pleasures changed music forever: a mixture of Ian Curtis’ mesmerising vocals and lyrics, Bernard Sumner’s spiky guitar work, Peter Hook’s distinctive bass playing and Stephen Morris’ hypnotic drum patterns, all brought together by the mad genius that was producer Martin Hannett.
However, despite its ubiquity, you might not know everything about this classic record. As the 35th anniversary of its release approaches, we’ve put together a list of 20 things that you might not know about Unknown Pleasures. Read on and discover something new…
1 – No singles were released from the album, although non-album track Transmission was released on 7″ in October 1979, causing album sales to rise substantially.
3 – The original vinyl pressing of the record featured the groove notations: ‘This is the way’ (Side A) and ‘Step’ (Side B) – both are taken from the lyrics to Atrocity Exhibition.
5 – The famous cover image, designed by Peter Saville, and taken from the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy, was chosen by drummer Stephen Morris