Archive | Mar 19, 2017

Certain Songs #823: Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

Single, 1980

From the outside, the spring of 1980 should have been a great great time for Ian Curtis.

At least, from the artistic standpoint, right? After all, Joy Division were about to unleash the follow-up to Unknown Pleasures upon the world, not to mention that they had two more killer singles — this song and “Atmosphere” — already in the can, and on top of all of that, they had written “Ceremony,” so clearly, they were just getting going. The future was totally theirs.

But instead, on May 18, 1980, love tore Ian Curtis apart once and for all, a scant two weeks before the world heard what will no doubt be his most-lasting artistic achievement.