Joy Division ‎– Love Will Tear Us Apart

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Factory ‎– FAC 23
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Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Single
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Notes

A Fractured Music
A Factory Record

Side A: For ∙ ML
Side B: 18/4/80

For ML refers to Martha Ladly, Peter Saville's then girlfriend.

Track B2 not credited on sleeve or label.
Side A plays 45rpm, side B plays 33 1/3 rpm.

The final numbers in the matrices are written horizontally and are separate from the other etchings.

Vinyl can appear to be red translucent when held up to a light.

Love Will Tear Us Apart 7" pressings usually come in the following sleeve variations:

This: Glossy sleeve, with cut-out and curved, at the bottom, glue-flaps;
and
Matte sleeve, with squared cut-out on reverse and straight glue flaps.
and
A repress: Glossy sleeve, no cut-out and straight glue-flaps. Pressed by MVS.
and
In a semi-glossy sleeve, no cut-out and straight glue-flaps.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 1): FAC 23 A1 ‒ AK DON'T DISILLUSION ME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 1): FAC 23 B-1 2 AB I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 2): FAC 23 A1 DON’T DISILLUSION ME 7
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 2): FAC 23 B-1 I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT 8
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 3): FAC 23 A1 DON'T DISILLUSION ME 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 3): FAC 23 B1 I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT 4
  • 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
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 5): FAC 23 A1 DF DON'T DISILLUSION ME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 5): FAC 23 B-1 BY I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 6): FAC 23 A1 DON'T DISILLUSION ME 1 BW
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 6): FAC 23 B-1 2 BN I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 7): FAC 23 A1 DON'T DISILLUSION ME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 7): FAC 23 B-1 I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 8): FAC 23 A1 1 Z DON'T DISILLUSION ME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 8): FAC 23 B-1 2 G I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 9): FAC 23 A1 1 AC DON'T DISILLUSION ME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 9): FAC 23 B-1 2 W I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 10): FAC 23 A1 ‒ AK DON'T DISILLUSION ME 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 10): FAC 23 B-1 D I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 11): FAC 23 A1 ‒ E DON'T DISILLUSION ME 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 11): FAC 23 B-1 I I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched var. 12): FAC 23 A1 ‒ BW DON'T DISILLUSION ME 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched var. 12): FAC 23 B-1 CF I'VE ONLY GOT RECORD SHOPS LEFT 2

Other Versions (5 of 105) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FAC 23-12, FAC•XXIII•XII Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart(12", Single, RE) Factory, Factory FAC 23-12, FAC•XXIII•XII Italy Unknown Sell This Version
X 14828, FAC·XXIII·XII, FAC 23/12 Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart(12", Single) Factory, Factory, Factory X 14828, FAC·XXIII·XII, FAC 23/12 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
none Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart(CDr, Single, Promo) Warner Bros. Records none UK 2007 Sell This Version
FAC 23 Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart(7", Single, TP) Factory (US) FAC 23 US 1981 Sell This Version
FAC 23 Joy Division Love Will Tear Us Apart(7", Single, Whi) Factory FAC 23 UK 1980 Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

June 16, 2018

Looking through some vinyl the other day, this record, a song I haven’t listened to in what seems nearly a lifetime, found it’s way into my hands. It’s not often that I find myself sitting on the floor, unconsciously caressing a record sleeve ... but it seems that long lost, and half forgotten memories were swirling up at me. This was a very difficult time in my life, I had a lot on my plate, a lot I wanted to forget, a life I wanted to numb out of existence, and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was the soundtrack for those days. Each morning began the same, draw the blinds, take a Tuinal, drop this album on the turntable, get a bath, and then stumble headlong into the day. Joy Division made it easy to be self-destructive, Joy Division made it easy for splintered lives to become even more fractured, and this song ripped its way into the very nature of my being.

“Love Will Tear Us Apart” is as essential as The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album. The song doesn’t so much reside on this piece of wax, it’s more that the record is merely a conduit for the song to be beamed in from outer space, and with each playing, as the record gained more and more surface noise, which only added and aided the mystery ... the music began deconstructing, becoming less complete, and yet more compelling with each revolution. If this were the only number Joy Division had ever recorded, it would be enough to give them a permeant place in musical history. The song is simple in it’s complexity, it’s haunting melody is almost childlike, and there are times I sang it sitting on the edge of my children’s bed, lulling them to sleep. Make no mistake, this song spirals inward, it draws your energy, you will sink lower into the chair, and you’ll want to play it for anyone who has ever been careless with your heart. Yet with all of that, there is a translucent beauty found here, and essential truth stated so matter-of-factly, that it can not be ignored.

Many have said that “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is the ultimate suicide song, but it’s not, it can’t be, because no one can play this song once. Each playing reveals something new, distills another emotion, and allows greater emotional feelings to make your heart swell to the point of bursting ... and to feel these things, one must be alive. I remember being in Bosnia filling out reports late into the night in a small make-shift medical center just off Sniper Alley, with the song playing quietly on my tiny cassette player. I hadn’t even noticed that one of my patients, a young man who spoke no formal English, was standing behind me, he tapped on the cassette player and I restarted the song, he stood there with his eyes closed crying, and then so did I ... I held him for a moment before taking him back to his cot, and I never played the song again.

Some things are eternal for as long as they last ... "Love Will Tear Us Apart" will be circling the globe for all time.

Review by Jenell Kesler
nick2402

nick2402

February 17, 2018
I’ve got the above single but there is also a flexidisc with it with “Incubation” on it. I don’t see that mentioned anywhere on here? Any info on this?
maxal

maxal

April 28, 2017
I much prefer Atmosphere. Why do I have to write ten words?
Lastmanlaughing

Lastmanlaughing

August 10, 2014
I have a white vinyl with Leaders of Men as the B1 and a rough cut of Love Will Tear Us Apart on the other... Is there a way to request some be added to the site?
MichaelOC

MichaelOC

October 28, 2013
The colored vinyl versions are not listed here.
manchester

manchester

September 21, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

'Love Will Tear Us Apart' is certainly Joy Division's finest moment and if you like their signature tune (although they would be loathed to be associated as making an anthem). But this is as quintessential a Manchester anthem as you can get. A song that moves youngsters today, who weren't even born when Ian Curtis penned these incredibly moving lyrics. Every time I hear this record I cannot help but feel an affection for my home town, even when it bloody rains!