Category Archives: Joy Division

Love Will Tear Us Apart (1995)

In memory of Ian Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980).


01 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Radio Version) 03:40
02 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Original Version) 03:28
03 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Arthur Baker Remix) 04:22
04 Atmosphere 04:12
05 These Days 03:27
06 Transmission (Live at The Factory, 13 July 1979) 03:44

FACT > In 1995, Joy Division classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was remixed and reissued to promote the compilation “Permanence.” As was typical back then, the Canadian CD single offers the most complete content: Don Gehman’s new radio version; the original A-side mix produced at Strawberry Studios; a remix by Arthur Baker; the equally classic “Atmosphere”; B-side “These Days”; and a live recording of “Transmission.” Baker’s unusual dub style rework is digitally exclusive to the release.

Pop Culture Pulsar

FACD10For those who may not know, the iconic image that graces Joy Division’s 1979 debut album, “Unknown Pleasures”, is a visual representation of radio signals from the first discovered pulsar, which is a magnetized, rotating neutron star. The image’s origins are discussed in-depth on the blog of Scientific American by the periodical’s art director of information graphics, Jen Christiansen.

In the video below, Data Visualization Reinterpreted: The Story of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” Album, designer Peter Saville explains how the pulsar image came to be used as the cover, and its subsequent impact on popular culture.