Ever wanted to hear Joy Division’s bleak paean to doomed romance Love Will Tear Us Apart transformed into a jaunty Phoenix Nights-style karaoke singalong? Well, friends, today is your ‘lucky’ day – ahem – for thanks to Noel Gallagher, the world has now been blessed with such a creation.
Gallagher performed the cover while guesting on the BBC Radio 2 Piano Room series today (June 1).
“We are at the BBC and you can’t get out the BBC without doing a cover,” the former Oasis bandleader joked when asked why he would do such a thing. “When [the BBC] asked me to do this I was like, ‘I’m afraid I’m all Bob Dylan-ed out… I don’t know what to do.’
“I would play this song, this version of it, at home down the years,” he revealed. “When they asked me to do it, I was like ‘How can I get away with that?’ Because it’s such an iconic [song] and, being from Manchester… well, this is going to be tricky.
“But now I’ve got my own studio, I went and did a little demo of it and I was like ‘You know what? I think I might be able to pull this off’.
Readers, he did not “pull this off.” Unless the intention here was to turn a post-punk classic into a blob of gloopy schmaltzy wank.
Gallagher also referred to Joy Division as “the Divs”.
Watch / listen to this bold new re-imagining of Love Will Tear Us Apart below, if you must:
Noel Gallagher performing ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division.Listen on BBC Sounds 🎧 pic.twitter.com/McUa8x389aJune 1, 2023
Last week, as the endless talk of an Oasis reformation continues, Noel called Liam Gallagher “a coward”, and Liam Gallagher responded by labelling his big brother a “bell end”.