Pete Mitchell on Love Will Tear Us Apart

JoyDivisionGood article on Joy Division’s magnum opus…

Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division is undoubtedly one of the greatest songs ever written. Only the foolish would argue it has little or no merit. Released on Tony Wilson’s Manchester record label Factory, a chaotic and shambolic company formed with his aunt’s inheritance in 1978, it could have quite easily been long-lost and forgotten, if not for the surrounding set of tragic, heartbreaking circumstances.

Joy Division defied commercial conventions and pop pretensions and are one of the most original and uncompromising bands this country has produced. The band to this day remain a powerful presence and absence. They were the musical half-light, bathed in a grey, mysterious and perturbing shadow, and Love Will Tear Us Apart reflects a band at their creative zenith.

This generational anthem was written in late 1979 and produced by Martin Hannett at Pennine Studios in Oldham in January 1980.  The foreboding 12’’ cover artwork depicting a tombstone was chosen before the tragic death of singer Ian Curtis in May. He had taken his own life on the eve of what was to be the band’s first American tour. His beautiful epitaph has charted a dozen times since its original release.

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