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Thursday, April 15
I had a client, Lee Drysdale, who directed the movie “Leather Jackets”. I fired him for a variety of reasons one of which is the following story.
The guy who wrote this song, Ian Curtis, was a friend of Leeâ€™s, and jealous with Ian over some bull, Lee led him to a place where his wife, Deborah Curtis, was having a rendevous with her lover. Ian then wrote this song and shortly thereafter killed himself. After telling me the story, Lee started laughing like a sick f-.
Deborah Curtis had the song’s title inscribed on Ian’s memorial stone.
Lee got his, eventually. He got â€œLeather Jacketsâ€ made off of his then-girlfriend Bridget Fondaâ€™s name. However, Bridget began an on-set affair with her co-star D.B. Sweeney, and Lee told me he caught her giving D.B. a hummer in a car off to the side of the set. Torn between his pride and his desire to be a famous director, he chose the latter and finished the movie, but within weeks after the wrap, he handed me his debit card and said â€œI may be going insane and need you to have access to my money if thereâ€™s a problemâ€. He then holed himself up in the Chateau Marmont, went insane, and hasn’t been much heard from since.
â€œLove Will Tear Us Apartâ€ was listed by NME magazine as the best single of all time in 2002. The song was listed by Rolling Stone magazine at number 179 in its top 500 songs of all time. In May 2007, NME placed it at number 19 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever, one place ahead of another Joy Division song, â€œTransmissionâ€. The song reached number 1 in the inaugural Triple J Hottest 100 music poll of 1989 and again in 1990. When being interviewed for New Order Story, Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys stated that â€œLove Will Tear Us Apartâ€ was his favourite pop song of all time.
The song has also been used in television programs and in films, such as the 2001 film Donnie Darko, in a pivotal scene before Donnie has to leave his girlfriend in order to save her.
Serbian rock music historian and journalist Dejan CukiÄ‡ wrote about â€œLove Will Tear Us Apartâ€ as one of the forty-six songs that changed the history of popular music in his 2007 book 45 obrtaja: PriÄe o pesmama.