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Joy Division

Love Will Tear Us Apart

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“Love Will Tear Us Apart” is a song by the British post-punk band Joy Division. It was written in August and September 1979, and debuted when the band supported Buzzcocks on their UK tour in September and October 1979. It is one of the few songs in which singer Ian Curtis played guitar (albeit somewhat minimally). The lyrics ostensibly reflect the problems in Ian Curtis’s marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May 1980. Deborah Curtis had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on Ian Curtis’s memorial stone. The song was first released in April 1980 and, after Curtis’s 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... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Love, love will tear us apart again

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This song is listed #179 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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Jimguru wrote on April, 18th 2008 at 7:10am:
A song to DIE for...

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