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
Writer(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 cut out a scene where one of the members of the group installs a silencer on a MAC-10, and fires it later in the video, 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 performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 20
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[6] 22
France (IFOP)[7] 58
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 3
Italy (FIMI)[10] 27
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 30
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 21
Poland (LP3)[14] 6
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[15] 2
Spain (AFYVE)[16] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[18] 50
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[18] 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


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  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. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30 : 19 april 1986" (in Dutch). Top 30. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste" (in French). InfoDisc. Select "Sigue Sigue Sputnik" from the artist drop-down menu. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love Missile F1-11". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Indice per Interprete: S" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11 search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  12. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  13. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  14. ^ "LOVE MISSILE F1-11 – Sigue Sigue Sputnik" (in Polish). LP3. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (S)". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  17. ^ " – Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  18. ^ a b "Flaunt It – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

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