Taking Different Roads: 35 years ago today, Joy Division filmed the ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ video
The 35th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ suicide arrives on May 18, but less than three weeks before the sudden death of the iconic Joy Division frontman, the Manchester post-punk band recorded their one and only music video, “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”
The video was filmed 35 years ago today, on April 28, 1980. According to post-punk.com, the clip was recorded by the band themselves during a rehearsal at T.J. Davidson’s studio on Little Peter Street in Manchester. Here is a short visual of the outside as it stands today.
“In the intro to the video the door that opens and shuts has ‘Ian C’ carved into it; reportedly this was the beginning of an abusive message (the rest later erased) carved into the door by a spurned ex-girlfriend of Curtis’ during the band’s earlier work at the studio,” post-punk.com writes. “The video is browned out at points, unintentionally, but nevertheless a fitting aesthetic — along with the omission of Curtis’ trademark dancing, which instead is replaced with the frontman strumming on a [Vox Phantom VI six string british guitar].”
It stands as the only promotion video Joy Division ever recorded. It was released in various forms after Curtis’ death.