Let's Dance to Joy Division

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"Let's Dance to Joy Division"
Single by The Wombats
from the album A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation
Released 8 October 2007 (2007-10-08)
Format Digital download, CD
Genre Indie rock
Label 14th Floor
Writer(s) Dan Haggis, Tord Øverland Knudsen, Matthew Murphy
The Wombats singles chronology
"Kill the Director"
"Let's Dance to Joy Division"
"Moving to New York"

"Let's Dance to Joy Division" is a song by The Wombats and the second single taken from their album A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation. The song was available to download on 8 October 2007, and was physically released one week later. It is based on a drunken night when lead singer Matthew Murphy danced on a table with his girlfriend to "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division at the Liverpool night club Le Bateau, and the cover art references that single's art.[citation needed] There is a hidden track on the 7" vinyl version of the single, when Tord Øverland-Knudsen sings the theme tune from children's television show Postman Pat in Norwegian. The song features on the BBC Three program "Scallywagga" as the theme tune.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Track listings of major single releases of "Let's Dance to Joy Division".

UK CD single
(Released 15 October 2007)

  1. "Let's Dance to Joy Division"
  2. "Let's Dance to Joy Division

UK 7" single
(Released 15 October 2007)

  1. "Let's Dance to Joy Division"
  2. "Derail and Crash"

UK 7" single
(Released 15 October 2007)

  1. "Let's Dance to Joy Division"
  2. "Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials (Live from Fuji Rocks)"
  3. "School Uniforms (Live from Fuji Rocks)"

Chart performance[edit]

On 14 October 2007, the single entered the UK Singles Chart at #35 on downloads alone.[1] A week later, after a physical release, it peaked at #15,[2] before falling gradually down the chart in the following weeks.

The song also came in at #12 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2007.[3]

It reached #19 on the Dutch Singles Chart.

It reached #76 on the Australian Singles Chart.

It was the Free Single of the Week on iTunes Store on 2 June 2008.

It was featured in Matchstick Productions' Claim, as the music featured for Swedish freeskier Jacob Wester.


On 28 February 2008, Let's Dance to Joy Division won an NME Award for Best Dancefloor Filler.