Bizarre Love Triangle

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"Bizarre Love Triangle"
Single by New Order
from the album Brotherhood
Released5 November 1986 (1986-11-05)[1]
  • 4:21 (album version)
  • 3:43 (7-inch version)
  • 6:43 (extended mix)
Producer(s)New Order
New Order singles chronology
"State of the Nation"
"Bizarre Love Triangle"
"True Faith"
Music video
"Bizarre Love Triangle‬” on YouTube

"Bizarre Love Triangle" is a song by English rock band New Order, released as a single in November 1986 from their fourth studio album, Brotherhood (1986), which reached the top five on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart,[9] and No. 5 on the Australian ARIA Charts in March 1987. It failed to enter the top 40 of both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100; however, a new mix included on The Best of New Order was released in 1994 and charted at No. 98 on the Hot 100. In 2004, the song was ranked No. 204 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."[10]


The 12-inch version, remixed by Shep Pettibone, also appears on the compilation Substance and a second remix by Stephen Hague features on their Best Of album. The original album version appears on the 2005 compilation Singles, the 7-inch version appears on the 2016 reissue of this compilation. New Order's live versions since 1998 are based on the Shep Pettibone remix.[11]

The single mix features more electronics than the album version, with the Fairlight CMI music workstation used to provide sounds such as the orchestral hits, and to sequence the song. All instruments except vocals and Peter Hook's melodic bass were sequenced (the song also prominently features synthesised bass and synth choir parts).[12]


"Bizarre Love Triangle" has been critically acclaimed since its release. In a 30th anniversary retrospective citing the song as one of the greatest of all time, Billboard described it as a "synth-pop masterpiece" and "an incandescent jewel of mid-'80s computer love."[13] NME praised the song as New Order's "finest pop moment" and credited its simplicity in comparison to previous singles such as "Blue Monday".[14] In 2004, the song was ranked No. 204 in Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."[10] In 2013, Stereogum ranked the song No. 2 on their list of the 10 greatest New Order songs,[15] and in 2021, The Guardian ranked the song No. 7 on their list of the 30 greatest New Order songs.[16]

Music video[edit]

The music video, which was released in November 1986, was directed by American artists Robert Longo and Gretchen Bender. 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.[17] The video has 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!" Frye responds, "You know, you're a real 'up' person," before the song resumes.[18] It also features clips that Gretchen would later use for her next project "Total Recall".

Track listings[edit]

All tracks are written by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner

7-inch: FAC 163 (UK)
1."Bizarre Love Triangle"3:43
2."Bizarre Dub Triangle"3:23
7-inch: Qwest 7-28421 (US)
1."Bizarre Love Triangle" (edit)3:36
2."Every Little Counts"4:29
7-inch: FAC-26 (Canada)
1."Bizarre Love Triangle"3:36
2."Every Little Counts"4:29
  • Initial pressings (matrix FAC-26-A) were the UK 7-inch mix; later pressings (matrix FAC-26-A2) were the Canadian 7-inch mix
7-inch: FAC-163153 (Australia)
1."Bizarre Love Triangle"3:36
2."State of the Nation"3:27
12-inch: FAC 163 (UK)
1."Bizarre Love Triangle"6:44
2."Bizarre Dub Triangle"7:02
12-inch: Qwest 0-20546 (US)
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"[19]
CD: Qwest 9 20546-2 (US) – released in 1994
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



Cover versions and remixes[edit]


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