Hot cover: 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'

It’s not the most covered song on earth — that would be the Beatles’ "Yesterday," according to Guinness (the book, not the beer — I blog sober nowadays). Nevertheless, Joy Division’s "Love Will Tear Us Apart" does appear to be the key to a band’s success, according to a compelling theory from an Indiana gentleman. He’s assembled quite a trove of "Love" covers from Calexico to U2/Arcade Fire to 10,000 Maniacs to Hawksley Workman. (I’ve linked my favorites.) Covering this song, according to "Dodge," is the key to indie-rock success — that and having a cute girl on bass or keyboard. Or guitar. Or vocals. Or anywhere near the stage.

This is comforting. I now understand why my garage band never took off. Incidentally, here’s a clip of us performing. (I’m the really masculine one.)


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  • brandon218

    Kidd Video?
    Oh my God.
    Dude, you are the man. Thanks for the flashback.

  • Mark

    Thanks for the Hawksley props! He rules!

  • Alicia

    Thank you for giving me a good laugh. I really needed one today! I used to watch Kidd Video every Saturday morning. As I watched the clip, I cringed and laughed at the same time.

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