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Joy Division announce 40th anniversary vinyl reissue of ‘Closer’

It’s hard to understate the cultural significance of English rock band Joy Division.

You’ve probably seen the Unknown Pleasures album artwork printed on various tees around the edgiest suburbs in Sydney’s Inner West. I’m looking at you, Newtown. However, their other seminal album, Closer, is getting a fresh new release for your vinyl addiction.

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The 1980 Joy Division album Closer is getting itself a 40-year anniversary vinyl rerelease, which you can get your hands on from July 17th.

There’s plenty to be said about Closer. It was the second, and sadly, the final album from Joy Division. This was due to lead singer Ian Curtis’s suicide just two months after the album’s release. Curtis said during the recording sessions that the lyrics were ‘writing themselves’. These lyrics, alongside the dark rock musicality of Closer, resounded with critics and fans alike.

A press release gave plenty of exciting information about the upcoming vinyl release. The album is going to be pressed onto 180g crystal-clear vinyl. The sleeve will also feature the original album artwork. But here’s the best part. The celebrated, non-album singles Transmission, Atmosphere, and Love Will Tear Us Apart are also being released to vinyl on the very same day. These singles are also going to include their original factory b-side. For Transmission, there’s Novelty; for Atmosphere, there’s She’s Lost Control; for Love Will Tear Us Apart, there’s These Days. If all these Joy Division additions aren’t cutting it, study up on the band’s 10 part film series here. Here’s the announcement below from the band themselves.