Love has been tearing us apart (for 37 years)

“When the routine bites hard, and ambitions are low…”

Not many bands in music history were able to do what “Joy Division” have done. With only two studio albums, they somehow managed to become one of the most influential post-punk bands. They were active since mid-seventies up until 1980, when their front-man and lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide.

Aside from Curtis, who was also the main lyricist, the band was composed of guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bass guitar player Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris. The band originally performed under the name “Warshaw”, but they changed it to “Joy Division”, which was the term used in German concentration camps during World War II for the parts of the camp where younger women were kept. Charming.

Without a shred of doubt, the band’s greatest hit was the song “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, first released as the single in June 1980. The lyrics reflect the problems in Ian’s marriage with Deborah Curtis, and also his state of mind in the time building up to his suicide. The title is an ironic reference to “Love Will Keep Us Together” written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. Ian’s wife Deborah had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” written on his memorial stone.

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” reached number 13 on the UK singles chart. There are two versions of the song – the Pennine version and the Strawberry version, named by the studios they were recorded at.

After Curtis’ death Sumner, Morris and Hook formed the band “New Order”.

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Ian Curtis went into the legend as one of the best post-punk and rock lyricists.

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