Love Is the Drug

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Not to be confused with the song by Roni Griffith.
For the Irish TV series, see Love Is the Drug (TV series). For the 2006 film, see Love Is the Drug (film).
"Love Is the Drug"
1996 Rollo & Sister Bliss remix single cover
Single by Roxy Music
from the album Siren
B-side "Sultanesque"
Released September 1975
Recorded Summer 1975
Genre Art rock
Length 4:11
Label EG
Writer(s) Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Roxy Music singles chronology
"The Thrill of It All"
(1974)
"Love Is the Drug"
(1975)
"Both Ends Burning"
(1975)
Siren track listing
(start of album) "Love Is the Drug"
(1)
"End of the Line"
(2)

"Love Is the Drug" is a 1975 single from Roxy Music's fifth studio album Siren.

Roxy Music original[edit]

Background[edit]

The song was the lead single taken from the album Siren. A number two hit in the United Kingdom, it also gave the group its first substantial exposure in the United States, reaching number 30 in early 1976 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and doing even better on progressive rock radio. Its B-side in most countries was "Sultanesque", a non-LP instrumental track written by Ferry, which is now available on the The Thrill of It All boxset.

The song started as an Andy Mackay instrumental, but then gained lyrics from Bryan Ferry; Ferry said the song came to him while he was walking and kicking the leaves in London's Hyde Park. The audio sample[clarification needed - what audio sample?], previously thought to be from the opening of the 1971 Steven Spielberg film "Duel", is actually from New Orleans Bump by Jelly Roll Morton.

The unique bassline by John Gustafson became influential. In the DVD, More Than This: The Story of Roxy Music, Nile Rodgers of Chic states that the song was a big influence as the bass timing is almost identical to the one in Chic's song, "Good Times". In the Depeche Mode tour documentary/film 101, lead vocalist Dave Gahan sings along to the song while playing a pinball machine.

The song remains Roxy Music's highest-charting single in the US, while in the UK it was topped only by their 1981 version of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy". It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1975–1976) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 15
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 3
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 39
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 30
Chart (1996)1 Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 33

1Remix

Grace Jones version[edit]

"Love Is the Drug"
Single by Grace Jones
from the album Warm Leatherette
B-side "Sinning", "Living My Life", "The Apple Stretching"
Released 1980
Format 7", 12"
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Label Island
Writer(s) Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay
Producer(s) Chris Blackwell, Alex Sadkin
Grace Jones singles chronology
"A Rolling Stone"
(1980)
"Love Is the Drug"
(1980)
"Private Life"
(1980)

Grace Jones recorded "Love Is the Drug" on her Warm Leatherette album from 1980. The track was released as the second single, following "A Rolling Stone" in the UK while it was the first single to be released in Germany. After failing to chart in 1980, a remix of the Grace Jones version was released in 1986 following the 1985 compilation Island Life and then became a minor hit in the UK, peaking at no. 35. Music video was produced for the 1986 remix and directed by Matt Forrest and Bruno Tilley.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" Single (1980)[12]
A. "Love Is the Drug" – 4:40
B. "Sinning" – 4:10
  • 12" Single (1980)[13]
A. "Love Is the Drug" – 8:40
B. "Sinning" – 4:10
  • 12" Single (1981)[14]
A. "Love Is the Drug" – 7:15
B. "Demolition Man" – 4:04
  • UK 7" Single (1986)[15]
A. "Love Is the Drug" – 3:21
B. "Living My Life" – 5:28
  • EU 7" Single (1986)[16]
A. "Love Is the Drug" – 3:42
B. "Living My Life" – 3:58
  • 12" Single (1986)[17]
A. "Love Is the Drug" – 6:57
B1. "Living My Life" – 5:28
B2. "The Apple Stretching" – 6:55

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Germany (Media Control Charts)[18] 57
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 35

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4117a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Roxy Music > Love Is The Drug – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 1975-11-08" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Roxy Music – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Archive Chart: 1996-04-27" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Grace Jones". Mvdbase.com. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  12. ^ "Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Grace Jones – Love Is The Drug". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  19. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 1986-03-08" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 June 2013.

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