Joy Division... New order... both bands with a twist... first a rock band with upbeat tunes but very downbeat songs, the second a dance band with very upbeat tunes and very downbeat songs... both named after Nazi ideas or institutions, but not Nazi... simply using the irony of the terms to good effect... that is, the bands, like the SS Joy Division, were anything but joyful... pity the singer killed himself...
I'm an '80's kid & am a big fan of New Order; lesser fan of Joy Division. However, the bands are inextricably connected, so there's no way you can discuss one without mentioning the other.
That being said, while I find Joy Division's sound somewhat dismal & dark (which I know was intentional), New Order's music is, overall, fresh & hopeful; they're my all-time favorite rock/pop band. I also consider NO to be one of the (if not the) early fore-runners of techno music.
Re: NO, I have too many favorite songs - but, among them are:
Bizarre Love Triangle extended version - this is possibly my favorite rock/pop song of all time. This song truly moves me, even 30+ years after first hearing this.
Temptation - my second favorite NO song. Really liked the way this song was used in one of my favorite films, Trainspotting. Superb!
Ceremony - amazing sound.
Round and Round
State of the Nation
Dreams Never End
Brutal (from The Beach soundtrack - 2000) - great song, which I think was originally supposed to be a JD song?!
Crystal (2001) - Excellent sound, and brings to mind their '80's music, while still being "fresh".
Thieves Like Us
And many others...
To all NO fans, I would also recommend the boxed set Retro (2003) - if you can get this for a good price. This got mixed reviews & can be expensive on the secondary market, but I really enjoy this set - I got it for only $30 used several years back - though the box was somewhat worn, the CD's were in perfect shape.
New Order has a new album that was released in Fall 2015, Music Complete. And, it's excellent! I think it's their best one of the 21st century, and really brings to mind their '80's songs. I feel like I'm discovering their music for the first time when listening to this. Favorite songs on this album include: Restless, Singularity, Plastic, Tutti Frutti, Academic, and others. Fantastic!
Also, these two movies are highly recommended to fans of JD, though NO fans will probably like them as well:
24 Hour Party People - great portrait of the music "scene" in Manchester, England back in the late '70's - late '80's.
Control - very powerful, depressing, and dark b&w bio-pic focusing exclusively on Joy Division. Though I'm more of a NO fan, Control gave me a much greater appreciation of JD's relatively small body of work (and it was only small because they weren't around for that long). I would also say that Control is quite possibly the best bio-pic. I've seen about a rock group (if you want to consider JD a rock group).....we'll always wonder what would have happened with JD if Ian Curtis had lived; he passed on shortly before their first planned U.S. tour.