Today I'm following the example of the amazing and nifty Kim who blogs on this website on Thursdays. Namely, I'm gonna blog about the song "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division, but I'm including several covers that I enjoy.
First, a little bit about Joy Division. I know, I know many people are familiar with them, but bear with me. Joy Division formed in 1976 under the moniker Warsaw. Their music evolved out of punk rock, and they're credited with developing the beginnings of the post punk music of the 70s. They had released their debut album in 1979, entitled Unknown Pleasures, and started to be noticed by the British press. Unfortunately, Ian Curtis, lead singer suffered from epilepsy and severe depression. He also reportedly had a lot of issues in his marriage, and the song "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is said to reflect his frustration with that relationship. He committed suicide in the spring of 1980, one month after "Love Will Tear Us Apart" was released as a single. Ironically, this track was the first Joy Division song to chart in the UK, and was their most successful single. The other members of Joy Division went on to form the band New Order.
The first cover of the song I'm posting is by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. The first time I heard this song I was confused because it seemed so familiar, but I couldn't place it. Then I realized it was a cover of "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and was pretty astonished that Susanna was able to pull of such a stylistically different cover of the song. Then again, when you completely shift the musical style of the song, those tend to be the best covers.
The second cover is The Cure. This one has more subtle differences from the Joy Division version, but it is by The Cure and they do have a different style from Joy Division. And it's The Cure and they're neat.
Ok. So now the lyrics.
When the routine bites hard
And ambitions are low
And the resentment rides high
But emotions wont grow
And we're changing our ways,
Taking different roads
Then love, love will tear us apart again
Why is the bedroom so cold
Turned away on your side?
Is my timing that flawed,
Our respect run so dry?
Yet there's still this appeal
That we've kept through our lives
Love, love will tear us apart again
Do you cry out in your sleep
All my failings exposed?
Get a taste in my mouth
As desperation takes hold
How is it something so good
Just can't function no more?
When love, love will tear us apart again
Joy Division - The original version of the song. Hurray!
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra