Today marks 35 years since Joy Division released one of the greatest debut albums of all time, the seminal classic Unknown Pleasures.
It's an album that defies time, sounding as fresh and intriguing as when first heard way back in 1979, when it captured the gloomy feel of Manchester at the beginning of the Thatcher era.
The sparse, post-punk sound of Bernard Summer (guitar/keyboard), Peter Hook (bass), and Stephen Morris (drums) was the ultimate canvas for frontman Ian Curtis' dark and at times depressing and introspective lyrics, forming some of the greatest music you'll ever hear.
It's hard to pick a favorite track, but the sheer isolation and helplessness Curtis sings about on "Shadowplay" has such an impact that I couldn't pass it up.
So do yourself a favor and give this album a spin today and remember the lasting influence Joy Division has had on the music scene.
Rest In Peace, Ian Curtis.