Ian Curtis' fate was said to have been set after attending a Sex Pistols concert in 1976, where he convinced himself his destiny lay as a performer rather than just a fan. One thing led to another and Curtis got to know a young Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook. Sumner and Hook told Curtis that they were trying to form a band and he simultaneously put himself forward as a vocalist and lyricist, an offer they accepted. The three of them recruited (and sacked) a sucession of drummers before settling on Stephen Morris as their final member. They called themselves Warsaw for a short while before changing their name to Joy Division in 1978.

"Love Will Tear Us Apart," released one month before Curtis' suicide in May 1980, was voted the number 1 single of all time by the New Musical Express in a 2003 poll, and number 179 of Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It was also one of the four songs nominated for the 'Greatest British Song of the Last 25 Years' award at the 2005 Brit Awards.

Filming began this week on the film Control, the long awaited Ian Curtis biopic. Popular rock photographer Anton Corbijn will direct, while former Factory Records head Anthony Wilson will executive produce. New Order will compose the score for the film.

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