In a recent performance for the BBC Radio 2 Piano Room series, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds took on the iconic Joy Division song, “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra. The rendition, which Gallagher had previously played in the comfort of his own home, initially gave him pause due to the song’s significance and his roots in Manchester.
NME stated, Gallagher openly expressed his reservations, acknowledging the challenge of putting his own spin on such an iconic piece. As a native of Manchester, he understood the weight of taking on a song so deeply rooted in the city’s musical history. However, fueled by his newfound confidence in his own studio, Gallagher decided to explore the possibility of creating his version of the track. After recording a demo, he felt he might be able to deliver a rendition that could hold its own.
Not everyone shared Gallagher’s enthusiasm for his rendition of “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” including his brother, Liam Gallagher, who took to Twitter to voice his opinion, as per usual. Liam expressed his apologies on behalf of their family while deeming Noel’s version “piss poor and damn right blasphemous.” The tweet ignited a spark of controversy, drawing attention to the differing perspectives on the cover and adding fuel to the long-standing sibling rivalry.
Liam stated: “I must once again apologise on behalf of my family for Rkids piss poor and damn rite blasphemous version of joy division’s love will tear us apart tut f*cking tut SORRY.”
Fans went to the comments and most, did not take Liam’s side on this one. There was very little trolling and while we are used to see most fans take Liam Gallagher’s side, that wasn’t the case here. Fans just want the two to make up already.
It’s doubtful we ever see that.
I must once again apologise on behalf of my family for Rkids piss poor and damn rite blasphemous version of joy division’s love will tear us apart tut fucking tut SORRY
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) June 1, 2023