Sometimes songs can transcend the artists that created them. Whether it’s like bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, who in the early sixties covered a wealth of R’nB music from The States, or, as in this case, a song and it’s sentiment can be nurtured and grown by another band.

Today, 39 years after Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ was released we take a look back at The Cure’s incredible cover of the seminal post-punk anthem. Robert Smith is at his absolute best during this wonderful recording.

Recorded backstage at Livid Festival in Brisbane, Australia in 2000 the track is a perfect example of how two different vocals, music styles, viewpoints, and personalities can use the same song to display their individual art.

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Although Robert Smith and the band pay tribute to the song’s artistry and Ian Curtis’ inspiring songcraft, they turn the song into something you’d expect to hear on The Cure’s next album. We’ve always thought that the mark of a great artist is the ability to make anyone’s work feel like their own, and The Cure have certainly done that.

Listen to The Cure’s cover of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ below.


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