Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart
Label: Factory FAC 23
Format: Vinyl, 7″, 33 RPM, 45 RPM, Single
Released: 27 Jun 1980
Style: New Wave
A Love Will Tear Us Apart 3:22
B1 These Days 3:23
B2 Love Will Tear Us Apart 3:09
Published By Fractured Music
Producer Martin Hannett
A Fractured Music
A Factory Record
Side A: For · ML
Side B: 18/4/80
For ML refers to Martha Ladly, Peter Savilles then girlfriend.
Track B2 not credited on sleeve or label.
Side A plays 45rpm, side B plays 33 1/3 rpm.
Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched, var. 4): FAC 23 A1 DON’T DISILLUSION ME·
Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched, var. 4): FAC 23 B-1 I’VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT
“Love Will Tear Us Apart” is a song by the British post-punk band Joy Division. It was written in August 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 Curtiss marriage to Deborah Curtis, as well as his general frame of mind in the time leading up to his suicide in May 1980. The title is an ironic reference to “Love Will Keep Us Together”. Deborah Curtis had the phrase “Love Will Tear Us Apart” inscribed on Ian Curtiss memorial stone.
The song was first released in June 1980 and became the bands first chart hit, reaching number 13 in the UK Singles Chart. Later that summer, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” peaked at number 42 on the American disco/dance charts. It also reached number 1 in New Zealand in June 1981. The band postponed their US tour after Ian Curtiss death, performed a few short sets as The No-Names, then finally renamed the group as New Order. “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was re-released in 1983 and reached number 19 on the UK charts and re-appeared at number 3 in New Zealand during March 1984.