Song 8 Joy Division

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart, 1980

'When routine bites hard, and ambitions are low. And resentment rides high, but emotions won't grow...' Why does this song scream '80s' to me, when it was released so early in the decade? Yet I remember hearing a few notes of the intro in the background of a party scene in Donnie Darko (2001), and I was instantly transported back. Apparently the strange colour in the video is not some artsy effect - it's a 'production error' according to my friend Wikipedia, and the fact that the sound seems a bit weak is part of this. (If you're hankering for a better recording, click here.) I won't get into discussing Ian Curtis's suicide because it's upsetting to me in a way that it wasn't back in the day - all that registers when I watch this clip now is that this is a very young person who is weeks away from a sad and preventable death. Um...happy Thursday, everybody! As a bonus, see what you think of this odd remake by Canada's Broken Social Scene.


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