Manifesto of austere and dark post-punk, Joy Division‘s biggest hit ever recorded – ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ – was released on 27 June 1980. Just over a month after the tragic suicide of frontman Ian Curtis, troubled genius of a band destined to re-write the history of music.
Originally recorded for a John Peel session in 1979, the track was then re-recorded – with the production of Martin Hannett – at the Strawberry Studios in Stockport, March 1980. It saw the light only the next June, reaching number 13 in the UK Singles Chart.
Written in sarcastic, dark response to Neil Sekada’s ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’, Joy Division’s single sounded since the very first day like the sing of the swan for frontman Curtis, and became his epitaph too. Undeniably, it contributed to elevating the Manchester lot to the status of a group able to change the history of modern rock music, adding to the already heavy legacy they left behind.
Why is the bedroom so cold?Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division, Factory Records, 1980
Turned away on your side
Is my timing that flawed?
Our respect run so dry?
Yet there’s still this appeal
That we’ve kept through our lives
But love, love will tear us apart again
Love, love will tear us apart again