Slave to Love
|"Slave to Love"|
|Single by Bryan Ferry|
|from the album Boys and Girls|
|Released||10 May 1985|
|Format||7" single, 12" single|
|Length||3:59 (7" mix)
4:17 (album version)
"Slave to Love" is one of Ferry's most popular solo hits. The single was released on 28 April 1985 and spent 9 weeks in the UK charts in 1985, peaking at number 10.
The song has been used in various cinematic works. It was featured in the episode "Junk Love" of Miami Vice (1985), in Fire with Fire (1986), Bitter Moon (1992), Malice (1993), and perhaps the most memorable inclusion in the erotic drama 9½ Weeks (1986), starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. Most recently, the song can be heard playing in the background, in a bar scene, in the FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show, episode 5, titled "Pink Cupcakes" (2014); and in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). The song was also featured in a 1986 episode of the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless as well as a 1987 episode of All My Children and a 1989 episode of Santa Barbara.
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour plays the lead guitar on that song, Guy Fletcher on keyboards was also involved with Dire Straits and finally drummer Omar Hakim was once with Sting on his first solo album, and not to forget Tony Levin on bass guitar.
- "Slave to Love"
- "Valentine" (Instrumental)
12" UK Single: E'G Records / FERRx 1 881873-1
- "Slave to Love" (Special 12" Re-Mix) - 5:56
- "Slave to Love" (Instrumental) - 4:23
- "Valentine" (Instrumental) - 4:00
|Canadian Singles Chart||76|
|UK Singles Chart||10|
|Irish Singles Chart||8|
|German Singles Chart||30|
|Swiss Singles Chart||18 |
|Dutch Top 40||33|
|French Singles Chart||45|
|Belgian Singles Chart||10|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||5|
|Australian Singles Chart||29|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||11|
- Tony Hadley, former Spandau Ballet singer, recorded a version for his 1998 solo album Tony Hadley.
- Willy DeVille covered the song for his 2005 album Crow Jane Alley.
- A cover by Elan Atias, with backing vocals by Gwen Stefani appears on the 50 First Dates soundtrack.
- Jazz singer Jimmy Scott covered the song for his 1998 album, Holding Back the Years.
- Singers Martha Wainwright and Dan Kelly covered the song for the SBS program RocKwiz. It appears on the DVD The RocKwiz Duets: Two for the Show.
- Róisín Murphy, former Moloko singer, recorded "Slave to Love" to coincide with a Gucci advertising campaign. Plans were made to release this cover as a double A-side single with "Movie Star". However, on 4 December 2008, it was announced that the release of the single had been cancelled. A promo CD of "Slave to Love" was still released in the latter part of 2008.