Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:25)

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“Love Will Tear Us Apart” is a song by the British post-punk band Joy Division. The lyrics were written by the band’s vocalist, Ian Curtis, who committed suicide in May 1980, a month after the song was released as a single. The song was then re-promoted in 12” format in June 1980.

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” was written in August and September of 1979 and was debuted when the band supported Buzzcocks on their UK tour in September and October 1979, and it is one of the few songs in which Ian Curtis played guitar (albeit somewhat minimally). The title of the song is a play on the title of a Neil Sedaka song “Love Will Keep Us Together” made popular by The Captain & Tennille in 1975. [1] The lyrics are perceived to reflect the problems in Ian Curtis’ marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide. Deborah Curtis had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on Ian Curtis’ memorial stone.

The song was first released in April 1980 and, after Curtis’ suicide that May, became the band’s first chart hit, reaching number 13 in the UK. It also debuted at #1 in New Zealand in June 1981. The band broke up after his death and reformed as New Order. “Love” was re-released in 1983 and reached number 19 on the UK charts and re-appeared at #3 in New Zealand during March 1984. In November 1988, it made one more Top 40 appearance in New Zealand, peaking at #39. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” appears on the Substance compilation album. It was first recorded for a John Peel session in November 1979, then re-recorded in January 1980 and March 1980.


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  • Reginapaz


    22 Jul 2:15pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Like the inxs song wifth the aagh in it and if you hear that record the aagh even though ciaz doesn't deserve a sqeeze

    15 Jul 8:53pm Reply
  • Nico616

    ''Love, love will tear us apart, again... ♡'' [2]

    11 Jul 2:33am Reply
  • gooner860703

    Sums up how i feel

    10 Jul 2:03pm Reply
  • Kelvinprado

    Minha banda preferida <3

    28 Jun 10:07pm Reply
  • japasam

    best song ever

    5 Jun 3:10pm Reply
  • grozn73

    great great

    5 Jun 9:44am Reply
  • Johnnybosox19

    How do you not love this song. This is the tune that started it all in terms of New Wave 80's Genre. I love this song!!!

    4 Jun 7:53pm Reply
  • Redsaxer

    My Best Song

    4 Jun 1:58am Reply
  • VitoriaLimaB

    "When routine bites hard and ambitions are low, and resentment rides high but emotions won't grow and we're changing our ways taking different roads..." Amo!

    28 May 3:51am Reply
  • Det_lef

    Love, love will tear us apart, again... ♡

    27 May 12:32am Reply
  • Juscilei


    23 May 5:43am Reply
  • krevetes

    I have to say, that this song is most beautiful song i ever heard. It's my life's soundrack.

    18 May 6:33pm Reply
  • JonBovi1981

    Still sounds modern.

    17 May 8:31pm Reply
  • wetwillies

    you'd have to be a real fucking asshole to not like this song

    10 May 4:10am Reply
  • Ateiluj1

    When I see this video and Ian singing, my heart breaks again, and again...

    4 May 9:43pm Reply
  • thewalk3r

    never gets old

    29 Apr 1:08am Reply
  • koziatek


    28 Apr 6:10pm Reply
  • anamon_

    La versión de Permanent es la peor de todas. El flaco te está hablando de lo mal que la está pasando y lo que sufre y cosas, a los días de grabar el tema se suicida, y vos vas y le ponés un coso de electrónica ochentosa como si fuera un tema de ymca? Vos me estás jodiendo? Sí, probablemente la banda (con Ian) habría terminado grabado temas como New Order pero eso no significa que le tenés q poner ese sonido de mierda a todos los temas HASTA A INSIGHT EN UP agh por dios

    28 Apr 1:01am Reply
  • darthpaula

    just finished watching Donnie Darko, now I can't stop listening to this song

    24 Apr 8:46am Reply
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