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Closer is the second and final album by the band Joy Division. It was released July 18, 1980, two months following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. The album was recorded from 18 to 30 March 1980 at Britannia Row Studios, Islington, London. Closer is regarded as a landmark release of the 1980s post-punk music scene.
Shortly after the suicide of Ian Curtis, the band was renamed to New Order, following a pact between all four members that should any member 'leave', the remaining members would change the name of the group and continue making music.