Bizarre Love Triangle

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"Bizarre Love Triangle"
Single by New Order
from the album Brotherhood
Released 5 November 1986
1994 (as a Short Version) (Australia)
Format 7", 12"
Recorded August 1985
Genre Synthpop, new wave, dance-rock
Length 4:21 (album version)
6:42 (extended version)
3:43 (7" version)
3:36 (radio edit)
Label Factory (FAC 163)
Writer(s) Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner[1]
Producer(s) New Order
New Order singles chronology
"State of the Nation"
(1986)
"Bizarre Love Triangle"
(1986)
"True Faith"
(1987)

"Bizarre Love Triangle" is a single released in 1986 by the English new wave band New Order, which reached the top five on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart and on the Australian ARIA Charts (No. 1 on the Victoria state chart) in late 1986.[2] The track was taken from their album Brotherhood.

Though it is one of the group's best known singles, it failed to make the top 40 in either the United Kingdom (only reaching No. 56[3]) or the United States Billboard Hot 100. In the United States, the song also reached the eighth position on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, but failed to chart on the Hot 100 during its original 1986 release. However, a new mix included on the The Best of New Order was released in 1994 and finally made a brief appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in the number 98 position in 1995. In Australia, the 1986 release was a sizable chart hit, reaching number 5 nationally and number 1 in Victoria.

In 2004 the song was ranked number 201 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Releases[edit]

The 12-inch version appears on the compilation Substance and a remix by Stephen Hague features on their Best Of album. The original album version appears on the 2005 compilation Singles.

The single mix features a cleaner sound with more electronics than the album version, notably the Fairlight CMI music workstation, the premier sampling keyboard workstation of the '80s, used to provide novel sounds, such as the orchestral hits that were so popular, but also to sequence the song. All instruments minus bass and voice were sequenced.[4]

An alternate version featuring vocal hums after the first chorus is on the soundtrack of the 1988 film Married to the Mob.

The song can also be heard in the 2011 film What's Your Number? and can be heard briefly in the 2013 film Grown Ups 2.

Music video[edit]

The music video, which was released in November, 1986, was directed by American artist Robert Longo. It prominently featured shots of a man and a woman in business suits flying through the air as though propelled by trampolines; this is based directly on Longo's "Men in the Cities" series of lithographs.[5] The video also features a black and white cut-scene where Jodi Long and E. Max Frye are arguing about reincarnation, in which Long emphatically declares "I don't believe in reincarnation because I refuse to come back as a bug or as a rabbit!"

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner

7": FAC 163 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   3:43
2. "Bizarre Dub Triangle"   3:23
7": Qwest 7-28421 (US)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (edit) 3:36
2. "Every Little Counts"   4:29
7": FAC-26 (Canada)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   3:36
2. "Every Little Counts"   4:29
  • Initial pressings (matrix FAC-26-A) were the UK 7" mix,[9] later pressings (matrix FAC-26-A2) were the Canadian 7" mix[10]
7": FAC-163153 (Australia)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   3:36
2. "State of the Nation"   3:27
12": FAC 163 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   6:44
2. "Bizarre Dub Triangle"   7:02
12": Qwest 0-20546 (US)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   6:41
2. "I Don't Care" (Actually "Bizarre Dub Triangle") 7:02
3. "State of the Nation"   6:31
4. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   3:43
  • US editions mis-credit "Bizarre Dub Triangle" as "I Don't Care", reputedly due to a record company person contacting New Order's Manager Rob Gretton to ask what to name the mix as, Gretton is claimed to have said "I don't care"[11]
CD: Qwest 9 20546-2 (US) - released in 1994
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (album version) 4:20
2. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (Extended Dance Mix) 6:44
3. "I Don't Care" (Actually "Bizarre Dub Triangle") 7:02
4. "State of the Nation"   6:31
5. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (single remix) 3:43

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986/1987/1994/1995) Peak
position
Australia ARIA Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 7
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 56
UK Indie Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 98
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 1 8

Notes:

  • 1 - Charted with "State of the Nation".

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