Love Missile F1-11

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"Love Missile F1-11"
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F-11.jpg
Single by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
from the album Flaunt It
B-side "Hack Attack"
Released February 1986
Length 3:49
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) Anthony James, Martin Degville and Neal Whitmore
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder

"Love Missile F1-11" is a song by British band Sigue Sigue Sputnik released in March 1986 as the first single from their debut album Flaunt It. It was the band's biggest hit, reaching no. 3 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]


The bass line, repeated on their follow-up single "21st Century Boy", is similar to both Devo's earlier "Girl U Want" and Suicide's 1977 track "Rocket USA".[citation needed] The song features vocals with high echo and uses multiple sound effects to create a futuristic atmosphere. It begins with a sample from Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange where Malcolm McDowell's character Alex, professes his fondness for a bit "of the old ultra-violence".

Cover versions[edit]

David Bowie covered the song as an outtake during the sessions for his 2003 album, Reality. It was then released as a B-side for the single "New Killer Star". Pop Will Eat Itself released a cover of the song as a single in May 1987, before including it on the Box Frenzy LP in 1988. Thermopyle released a cover version as a CD single in 1998.[2] There is also an electronic version remixed by WestBam released on a single in 2000.[3] The Stone Roses also used to occasionally cover "Love Missile F1-11" at some of their earlier concerts.


The music video features many shots of a futuristic city and references The Terminator, Star Wars, Star Trek, Blade Runner and Scarface. The video is primarily set in a future war; the band are depicted as soldiers armed with weapons and space ships. In some countries, the video censors a scene in which the members of the group installs a silencer on a MAC-10 (which is censored with a censor bar over the gun), and fires it later in the video (which is censored with stock war footage), due to it being deemed as an "Instruction in the Use of a Firearm".

Popular culture[edit]

An extended version of the song was used in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. A version of the song is featured in the South Park episode Super Fun Time, with Eric Cartman singing along "I'm having a super fun time". The song also features in the trailer for the film Stretch.


Chart (1986) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 20
France (IFOP)[6] 58
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 3
Italy (FIMI)[9] 27
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 30
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 21
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[13] 2
Spain (AFYVE)[14] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[16] 50
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[16] 47
Preceded by
"Si tu eres mi hombre y yo tu mujer" (The Power of Love) by Jennifer Rush
Spanish number-one single
19 May 1986 – 2 June 1986 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Brother Louie" by Modern Talking


  1. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 1986-03-08" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Thermopyle – Love Missile F1-11 (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Westbam Remix) (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  4. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Sigue Sigue Sputnik" from the artist drop-down menu. Archived from the original on 19 March 2005. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love Missile F1-11". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Indice per Interprete: S" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11 search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  11. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  12. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  13. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (S)". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  15. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  16. ^ a b "Flaunt It – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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