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This Week in Music History: May 13 - 19 -- Ian Curtis and Frank Sinatra Died, Tom Petty Survived, Britney Spears Lied
- Posted on May 16th 2012 2:00PM by Aaron Brophy
When you're listening to your iTunes on shuffle and it kicks out Interpol, the Bravery or She Wants Revenge, you probably have a hard time distinguishing between them, right? We don't mean to beat a 2006-era joke into the ground, but they all do sound kinda the same. Which is quite unlike their spiritual fathers, '70s British post-punkers Joy Division.
Now that's a band that still sounds unique to this day. Perhaps that's why Disney has gone so far as to cop Joy Division style for shirts, why there are Joy Division walking tours, or why former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook continues desperately selling himself on the back of the band's ghost.
To read about why Joy Division's lead singer Ian Curtis, Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder, Britney Spears and more made music history this week click to launch the gallery below.
- May 13, 2000: Shaun Ryder's Automobile Bellyaches
- May 14, 1998: Frank Sinatra, Chairman of the Board, Resigns Forever
- May 15, 1991/2000: Realness War -- Richey Edwards vs. Britney Spears
- May 16, 1966: Beach Boys Release 'Pet Sounds'
- May 17, 1987: Tom Petty's Full Moon Fire
- May 18, 1980: Joy Division's Ian Curtis Commits Suicide
- May 19, 1960: DJ Alan Freed Charged in Payola Scandal
- This Week in Music History: May 6 - 12
- May 6, 1994: Pearl Jam Versus Ticketmaster
- May 7, 1991: Ozzy Osbourne's Suicide Solution
- May 8, 1911: Blues Legend Robert Johnson Was Born
- May 9, 1979: Andrew W.K. Was Born
- May 10, 1985: The Go-Go's Break Up
- May 11, 1981: Bob Marley Dies
- May 12, 2008: Neil Young Has a Spider Named After Him
- This Week in Music History: April 29 - May 5
- April 29, 1967: Aretha Franklin's "Respect" Released
- April 30, 2005: Dave Matthews Band's Crappy Situation
- May 1, 1967: The FBI vs. The Beach Boys
- May 2, 1991: Ireland vs. R.E.M.
- May 3, 1986: Dollywood, The Dolly Parton Theme Park, Opens
- May 4, 1970: Four Dead in Ohio
- May 5, 1992: Radiohead Release Their First EP
- This Week in Music History: April 22 - 28
- April 22, 1969: The Who Debut 'Tommy' Live
- April 23, 1985: We Are the World Album Released
- April 24, 1990: Mother Do You Think They'll Dig Up the Bomb?
- April 25, 2002: And On the Tenth Anniversary, Left Eye Would Rise Again
- April 26, 1982 & 1994: Classic Rock Gunplay with Rod Stewart and Grace Slick
- April 27, 2006: Rolling Stones' Keith Richards Falls out of Tree
- April 28, 2003: iTunes Store Opens
- This Week in Music History: April 15 - 21
- April 15, 2001: Joey Ramone Died
- April 16, 1956: Buddy Holly Releases First Single
- April 17, 1964: FBI Closes Investigation Into "Louie Louie"
- April 18, 1984: Michael Jackson Has Surgery Post-"Pepsi Fire"
- April 19, 1988: Sonny Bono Becomes Mayor of Palm Springs
- April 20, 1992: A Concert for Life Freddy Mercury Tribute
- April 21, 1959: The Cure's Robert Smith was Born
- This Week in Music History: April 8 - 14
- April 8, 1994: Kurt Cobain Found Dead
- April 9, 1970: Paul McCartney Announces Beatles Breakup
- April 10, 1967: Marvin Gaye Records 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'
- April 11, 2006: Proof, Eminem's BFF and D12 Rapper, Shot Dead
- April 12, 2000: Metallica Sues Napster
- April 13, 1971: Rolling Stones Unveil Lips Logo
- April 14, 1980: Iron Maiden Release First Album