Bizarre Love Triangle

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"Bizarre Love Triangle"
Single by New Order
from the album Brotherhood
Released 3 November 1986
Recorded January 1986
Length 4:21
Label Factory (FAC 163)
Producer(s) New Order
New Order singles chronology
"State of the Nation"
"Bizarre Love Triangle"
"True Faith"

"Bizarre Love Triangle" is a song by the English rock band New Order, released as a single in 1986 from their fourth studio album, Brotherhood (1986), which reached the top five on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart,[3] and No. 5 on the Australian ARIA Charts (No. 1 on the Victoria state chart) in March 1987.[4]

It failed to make the top 40 in either the United Kingdom (only reaching No. 56[5]) or the US 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 2004 the song was ranked number 201 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".


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. New Order's live versions since 1998 are based on the Shep Pettibone remix.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8] 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!" Frye responds, "You know, you're a real 'up' person," before the song resumes.

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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,[11] later pressings (matrix FAC-26-A2) were the Canadian 7" mix[12]
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"[13]
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

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (1986) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[14] 51
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 25
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 56
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[19] 4
US Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[20] 8
Charts (1994) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[21] 53
Charts (1995) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 98


  1. ^ a b Proefrock, Stacia. "Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order - Listen, Appearances, Song Review - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ ASCAP entry
  3. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "New Order - Music Biography, Streaming Radio and Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  4. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW, Australia: Australian Chart Book. p. 215. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "Bizarre Love Triangle" UK chart history
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Keyboard magazine - Welcome to Keyboard magazine---the latest info on keyboards, digital pianos, synths, music software, & sheet music for rock, jazz, electronica & pop". Archived from the original on 18 December 2005. 
  8. ^ See the full account of the production of the "Bizarre Love Triangle" video, written by Michael Shamberg.
  9. ^ Binelli, Mark (2005-06-16). "Hit Men". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  10. ^ "Nada Surf covers New Order". Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
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  14. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0796." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Bizarre Love Triangle". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  16. ^ " – New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 1986-11-09" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 1986-11-09" UK Indie Chart.
  19. ^ "New Order – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for New Order. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Dance Singles Sales - December 27, 1986". Billboard. Retrieved 25 December 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  21. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2508." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  22. ^ "New Order – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for New Order. Retrieved 25 December 2015.

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