Love My Way (song)

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"Love My Way"
The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way.jpg
Single by The Psychedelic Furs
from the album Forever Now
Released June 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre New wave, pop rock, pop, rock
Length 3:27
Label Columbia
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Todd Rundgren
The Psychedelic Furs singles chronology
"Pretty in Pink"
(1981)
"Love My Way"
(1982)
"Run and Run"
(1984)

"Love My Way" is a song by English band The Psychedelic Furs. It was released in June 1982 as the first single from their third studio album Forever Now. Written by the four members of the group and produced by Todd Rundgren (who also played marimba on the song), the song reached the top 10 of the charts in New Zealand and the top 50 in the United Kingdom and United States.

Release and reception[edit]

Released in 1982, "Love My Way" peaked at number nine in New Zealand, where it spent 21 weeks on the chart.[1] The song peaked at number 42 in the UK[2][3] and number 44 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[4] It also reached number 30 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and number 40 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.[4]

British filmmaker Tim Pope directed the official music video for "Love My Way" in 1982, and it was placed in regular rotation on MTV.[5]

The single was released in the UK with the non-album B-side, "Aeroplane".[6] In the US, the B-side was changed to a different non-album track, "I Don't Want to Be Your Shadow".[7] Both songs are included on the 2002 reissue of Forever Now.[8]

The song is featured in the 1983 film Valley Girl and appears on the soundtracks of the 1998 film The Wedding Singer and the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on new wave radio station Wave 103.[9] The song is also downloadable content for the Rock Band series of music video games.

Cover versions[edit]

I Like It When You Die, Boston-based band Anal Cunt's fourth full-length album (1997), contains a song called "Richard Butler", which is a novelty grindcore medley of "Love My Way" and "Pretty In Pink" by the Psychedelic Furs, and "Mental Hopscotch" by Missing Persons.[citation needed]

Live regularly performed "Love My Way" in 1997 while touring in support of their third album Secret Samadhi.[citation needed] and released it as a B side to the 1997 single Freaks (Rax29).

In 1998 the Texas emo band Mineral released a cover of the song on a B-side of their single "&Serenading", stylized as "LoveMyWay".[10]

In 2006 The Polyphonic Spree recorded a version for their EP Wait.

In 2007 Kate Ceberano recorded a version for her Nine Lime Avenue album.

In 2008, Patrick Wilson of Weezer recorded an acoustic version of the song, which was released as a B-side to the band's single "Pork and Beans".

Indie electronic duo The Foxglove Hunt covered the song on their 2008 debut Stop Heartbeat.[citation needed]

In 2015 NYVES covered the song for their debut album Anxiety.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl
  1. "Love My Way" - 3:30
  2. "Aeroplane" - 3:22
12" Vinyl
  1. "Love My Way" - 3:33
  2. "Goodbye" (dance mix) - 5:45
  3. "Aeroplane" (dance mix) - 5:22

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[2] 42
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[1] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 44
U.S. Dance Music/Club Play[4] 40
U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Charts - The Psychedelic Furs - 'Love My Way'". Ultratop. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "The Psychedelic Furs - 'Love My Way'". Chart Stats. Retrieved 26 January 2010. [dead link][dead link]
  3. ^ "UK Official Singles Charts". Officialcharts.com. Official Charts Company. 31 July 1982. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "The Psychedelic Furs - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Thompson, Dave (2004). Beautiful Chaos: The Psychedelic Furs. London: Helter Skelter. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-900924-47-4. 
  6. ^ Thompson, p. 200.
  7. ^ Thompson, p. 204.
  8. ^ Forever Now expanded edition at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Psychedelic Furs fly in to Empire with new, post-break momentum". The Sacramento Bee. 23 January 2005. p. TK10. 
  10. ^ "&Serenading / LoveMyWay by Mineral (Single, Midwest Emo): Reviews, Ratings, Credits, Song list - Rate Your Music". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 22 December 2013.