Red House Painters — “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Did minor key brother from another mother Mark Kozelek forget the lyrics halfway through “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” or was he just being a sarcastic shit? Either way, Kozelek gives better “Blah, blah, blah” than most. Listen to the track over here.
Pink Mountaintops — “Atmosphere”
For those of you who wondered what Velvet Underground covering Joy Division might sound like.
The Cure — “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Adrian Borland — “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Atmosphere”
If ever there were two kindred artists, Adrian Borland’s aching and inspired rendition of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is a fitting tribute.
Trent Reznor and Peter Murphy — “Dead Souls”
Spooky nineties kids worshipped at the altar of Trent Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails cover of “Dead Souls” in The Crow, starring Brandon Lee. The band’s Downward Spiral was released just months before the film’s theatrical premiere. While strippers in clubs across the world were misinterpreting the meaning of “Closer” and grinding out the line “I wanna fuck you like an animal,” goths everywhere were sulkily approving of Reznor’s nod to the forefather of gloom.
Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy joined Reznor years later for a series of intense Joy Division covers. The songs almost seem custom-made for the hypnotic intoner.
Tortoise — “As You Said”
Your hatred of post-rock aside, Tortoise brings something new to the table with this cover of a rare Joy Division instrumental.