A Love Bizarre

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"A Love Bizarre"
A love bizarre.jpg
Single by Sheila E.
from the album Romance 1600
B-side "A Love Bizarre (Part II)", "Save the People"
Released November 29, 1985
Format 7", 12" vinyl single
Recorded 1984–1985
Genre R&B, funk
Length 12:18 (album version)
3:46 (single version)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Prince, Sheila E.[1]
Producer(s) Prince, Sheila E.
Sheila E. singles chronology
"Sister Fate"
(1985)
"A Love Bizarre"
(1985)
"Holly Rock"
(1986)
"Sister Fate"
(1985)
"A Love Bizarre"
(1985)
"Holly Rock"
(1986)

"A Love Bizarre" is a song written by Prince and Sheila E.. The song is a duet between both singers and it appears on Sheila E.'s 1985 album Romance 1600. It clocks in at 12:16, but the single version is 3:46 in duration. It made its debut in the music movie Krush Groove.

Throughout the song, Prince almost samples the French traditional folk song "Frère Jacques" on bass guitar.[2]

The song was a major hit and reached #1 on the Urban radio airplay and Dance/Club play charts [3] On other American charts, "A Love Bizarre" went to #2 on the U.S. R&B charts and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop radio airplay charts.[4] The German 12" single release is backed by the B-side "Save the People" which also served as the B-side for her previous single "Sister Fate". She performed the song as part of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band during their 2001, 2003 and 2006 tours.

Music video[edit]

The club scene from Krush Groove in which Sheila E. and her band are performing the song was used for the majority of the music video with a few scenes from the film edited in. The music video uses the song's single edit.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985–86) Peak
position
Netherlands Top 40 7
US Billboard Hot 100 11
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 2
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

Formats and track listings[edit]

U.S. 7"
  1. "A Love Bizarre" – 3:46
  2. "A Love Bizarre (Part II)" – 3:50
U.S. 12" promo
  1. "A Love Bizarre" (LP version) – 12:18
  2. "A Love Bizarre" (edit) – 3:46
German 12"
  1. "A Love Bizarre (Parts I and II)" – 7:36
  2. "Save the People" – 8:28

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ascap entry for song[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ details for "A Love Bizarre" at Who Sampled?
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 232. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 522. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Who's Zoomin' Who" by Aretha Franklin
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
November 30, 1985 – December 7, 1985
Succeeded by
"I Like You" by Phyllis Nelson