Gothtopia

Five Joy Division Covers That Don't Suck

Today would have marked the 57th birthday of Ian Curtis, who was born on July 15, 1956. Though the Joy Division front man tragically took his own life 33 years ago, it's telling of the legacy he left behind that even now we hear bands hopelessly indebted to his unique craft and that we still look back on his music after all this time.

In honor of Curtis and the inestimable impact he's had on modern music -- despite only releasing two full-length records in his lifetime -- I decided to look at some of the best cover versions of his songs over the years. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; even better if it doesn't suck, so these performances have quite a bit going for them.