Love My Way (song)

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"Love My Way"
UK 12" sleeve
Single by The Psychedelic Furs
from the album Forever Now
Released2 July 1982
RecordedApril 1982
Producer(s)Todd Rundgren
The Psychedelic Furs singles chronology
"Pretty in Pink"
"Love My Way"
"Run and Run"
Music video
"Love My Way" on YouTube

"Love My Way" is a song by English band The Psychedelic Furs. It was released in July 1982[3] 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,[4] and featured backing vocals from Flo & Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles)[5] The song reached the top 10 of the charts in New Zealand, top 30 in Australia and the top 50 in the United Kingdom and United States.


Front man of the group Richard Butler had a specific audience in mind when he penned the lyrics to this song. He explained this in an interview with Creem in 1983: "It's basically addressed to people who are fucked up about their sexuality, and says 'Don't worry about it.' It was originally written for gay people."[6]

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.[7] The song peaked at number 42 in the UK[8][9] and number 44 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[10] It also reached number 30 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart and number 40 on the Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart.[10]

British filmmaker Tim Pope directed the official music video for "Love My Way" in 1982, and it was placed in regular rotation on MTV.[11]

The single was released in the UK with the non-album B-side, "Aeroplane."[12] In the US, the B-side was changed to a different non-album track, "I Don't Want to Be Your Shadow".[13] Both songs are included on the 2002 reissue of Forever Now.[14]

Usage in media[edit]

The song is featured in the 1983 film Valley Girl and appears on the soundtracks of the 1998 film The Wedding Singer, the 2006 film Starter for 10, the 2017 film Call Me by Your Name (where its appearance inspired a major surge in streaming popularity[15]) and the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the fiction in-game new wave radio station "Wave 103".[16] The song is also downloadable content for the Rock Band series of music video games.

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
Australia Kent Music Report[17] 23
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[7] 9
UK Singles (OCC)[18] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 44
US Cashbox Top 100[20] 41
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[21] 30
US Dance Music/Club Play[10] 40


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  3. ^ "love-my-way | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  4. ^ According to co-founder Tim Butler, "Todd [Rundgren] was quite adamant about [playing on genuine marimbas...] we just said, 'Why don't you do it'. He said, 'Sure, I can play that!" Quoted and discussed in Paul Myers, A Wizard, a True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio (London: Jawbone Press, 2010), 225-27. ISBN 9781906002336
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  6. ^ Holdship, Bill (February 1983). "The Psychedelic Furs: Sugar Cubes For The New Depression". Creem. Retrieved 8 August 2019 – via Rock's Backpages.
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  9. ^ "UK Official Singles Charts". Official Charts Company. 31 July 1982. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
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  12. ^ Thompson, p. 200.
  13. ^ Thompson, p. 204.
  14. ^ Forever Now expanded edition at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  15. ^ Caulfield, Keith (7 December 2017). "'Call Me by Your Name' Spurs Biggest Streaming Week Ever for The Psychedelic Furs' 'Love My Way'". Billboard. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
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  20. ^ "Cash Box Top 100, 30 April 1983". Retrieved 7 April 2022.
  21. ^ "The Psychedelic Furs Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2017.