With his brooding lyrics and distinctive voice, Ian Curtis was an essential part of Joy Division as they moved beyond punk and helped establish the Manchester scene. With his brooding lyrics and distinctive voice, Ian Curtis (1956 - 1980) was an essential part of Joy Division as they moved beyond punk and helped establish the Manchester scene in the late 1970s. Tragically, he took his own life May 18, 1980, just as the band stood on the cusp of widespread success. But Curtis cast a long shadow, leaving behind classic songs like \u201cLove Will Tear Us Apart\u201d and \u201cTransmission,\u201d and influencing alternative music of the 1980s and beyond. No one has felt his influence as much as other musicians and artists, and he lives on in their works. We remember Curtis with a look at some of the songs he inspired.New Order \u2013 \u201cElegia\u201dThe members of Joy Division carried on after Ian Curtis\u2019 death, though, in a nod to their frontman\u2019s importance, under a new name, New Order. Their 1985 album, Low-Life, featured \u201cElegia,\u201d dedicated to Curtis and as an instrumental, emphasizing his absence. Many heard the song in the movie \u201cPretty in Pink,\u201d having no idea that it paid tribute to Curtis.U2 \u2013 \u201cA Day Without Me\u201dBono has been effusive in his praise of Ian Curtis, describing his voice as \u201choly\u201d and calling him the best frontman of his generation. Bono wrote \u201cA Day Without Me\u201d upon hearing the news of Curtis\u2019 death, and it was released just months later. Some fans, unaware of its origins, were alarmed that Bono himself might have been suicidal.The Durutti Column \u2013 \u201cThe Missing Boy\u201dFellow Mancusians and Factory Records label-mates with Joy Division, the Durutti Column paid tribute to him with \u201cThe Missing Boy\u201d on their 1981 album, LC. A friend of Curtis, the band\u2019s Vini Reilly sang simple but poignant lines like, \u201cThere was a boy, I almost knew him.\u201dPsychic TV \u2013 \u201cI.C. Water"Performance artist and key Psychic TV member Genesis P-Orridge considered Ian Curtis his best friend, and spoke to him on the telephone the evening that he died. \u201cI.C. Water\u201d was written in Curtis\u2019 memory and released in 1990 on the 10th anniversary of his death. The cover of the single featured a drawing of Curtis, and the song includes samples of Curtis\u2019 voice.New Order and the Chemical Brothers\u2013 \u201cHere To Stay\u201dIn 2002, New Order released \u201cHere To Stay,\u201d produced by the Chemical Brothers, and dedicated it to the memory of their former bandmate, Ian Curtis, as well as to producer Martin Hannett, who died in 1991, and manager Rob Gretton, who died in 1999. The song was featured in the movie 24 Hour Party People, which portrayed the Manchester\/Factory Records scene.Thursday \u2013 \u201cIan Curtis\u201dThe post-hardcore\/emo band Thursday released \u201cIan Curtis\u201d on their first album, Waiting, in 1999. The lyrics discuss listening to Joy Division and reference Curtis lyrics from songs like \u201cLove Will Tear Us Apart\u201d and \u201cHeart and Soul.\u201dBeyond MusicOther artists have recognized Ian Curtis\u2019 influence as well. The first volume of James O\u2019Barr\u2019s graphic novel The Crow was dedicated to Curtis, as were paintings by Turner Prize-nominated painter Glenn Brown. Curtis was portrayed by Sean Harris in the 2002 film 24 Hour Party People and by Sam Riley in the 2007 biopic Control, which was based on Touching From a Distance, a memoir by Ian Curtis\u2019 widow, Deborah Curtis.