One of the most iconic records of the post-punk era, Joy Division’s debut studio album Unknown Pleasures, released in 1979,producedall-time classics like“Disorder,”“She’s Lost Control,”“Shadowplay,” and the non-album single“Transmission.” From lead-singer Ian Curtis’s sorrowful croon to Bernard Sumner’s searing guitar and synth leads, Joy Division created an instantly recognizable style that has stood the test of time.
The album’s artwork was based on an image of radio waves found in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy, and designed by Factory Records co-founder Peter Sarville. It depicts the intensity of successive radio pulses, although Sarville inverted the original image to create its stark black background. The album cover has been a frequent source of parody and homage, including most-recently Vince Staples’ Summertime’06.
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures album art design
Text:“Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures”
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