Joy Division Closer Cover



There are a few album covers that create instant recognition and elevate a band to iconic status and Joy Division's Closer album cover does exactly that. It is the perfect example of an album of Gothic music. This is what it looks like when a band is at the top of their form and when the cover they have chosen for their album captures what is inside.

The image of mourning on the cover is from a photograph of the Appiani family tomb in theCimitero Monumentale di Staglieno in the Italian city of Genoa. Released on 18 July, 1980, just after the suicide of Ian Curtis, it was the second and last album of studio recordings; everything released since then is either a compilation or a live album.

As a marketing took, the cover image has enormous command. When applied to this flyer, advertising a live performance by Peter Hook (separate from the rest of New Order), it has an incredible appeal.


Performance poster for The Light, featuring Peter Hook.