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Unknown Pleasures at 40

On the eve of its 40th birthday, we celebrate Joy Division's iconic Unknown Pleasures. From 11.30 we'll play the album out in it's entirety, from vinyl of course.

On the eve of its 40th birthday, we celebrate Joy Division's iconic Unknown Pleasures. We play the album out in its entirety, from vinyl of course. Across the show we hear about how the record has inspired new generations of musicians including Jehnny Beth and Lonelady. Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook discuss their thoughts on the album they made as young men. We talk in depth with sleeve designer Peter Saville and music writer Jon Savage. Plus the 6 Music listeners to share their memories of Unknown Pleasures and how the record has changed their lives.

Released on the 15th of June in 1979, Unknown Pleasures - with its iconic sleeve designed by Peter Saville - changed the musical landscape. Once heard, these new sounds created by four young musicians from the North West can never quite be forgotten. We celebrate that legacy, with this special show dedicated to the work of Ian Curtis, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris.

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • New Order

    Ceremony

    • Factory Records.
  • Toro y Moi

    Laws Of The Universe

    • Carpark Records.
  • Pulp

    Help The AgedĀ 

    • Island.
  • Kraftwerk

    Autobahn

    • (Single).
    • Vertigo.
  • LoneLady

    Groove It Out

    • Warp Records.
  • Joy Division

    24 Hour - BBC Session 26/11/1979

  • ESG

    Moody

    • 99.
  • Loni Clark

    Rushing (Club Mix)

    • Nervous.
  • Electronic

    Getting Away With It

    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    Disorder

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    Day Of The Lords

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    Candidate

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    Insight

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    New Dawn Fades

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    She's Lost Control

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    Shadowplay

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    Wilderness

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    Interzone

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • Joy Division

    I Remember Nothing

    • Unknown Pleasures.
    • Factory.
  • John Cooper Clarke

    Beasley Street

    • Snap, Crackle & Bop.
    • Epic.
    • 005.
  • Danny Brown

    Grown Up

    • Fool's Gold Records.
  • Jehnny Beth

    Let It Out

    • XY Chelsea.
    • Pop Noire.
  • Grace Jones

    She's Lost Control

    • Island.
  • The National

    Mistaken For Strangers

    • Boxer.
    • Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
  • Kojey Radical

    Can't Go Back

    • Asylum / Atlantic.
  • Joy Division

    Love Will Tear Us Apart

    • VIRGIN.

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