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Noel Gallagher’s cover of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart was called ‘blasphemous' by his brother Liam

Some might say certain songs are sacred, and one of those is surely Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart. Released in 1980, it went on to be named the greatest single of all time by the New Musical Express. As he’s the man who signs the cheques, nobody around Noel Gallagher dared tell him that. Promoting his perfectly fine new album Council Skies on the BBC, Noel took a wild swing. And missed.

It’s not even the worst version of this song. That honour goes to Paul Young on his million-selling, none-more-1980s debut No Parlez, currently languishing in second-hand record shops near you. But Noel’s attempt is as ropey as an army assault course.