Love Plus One

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"Love Plus One"
Love Plus One.jpg
Single by Haircut One Hundred
from the album Pelican West
B-side "Marine Boy"
Released January 1982
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1981
Genre New wave
Label Arista
Writer(s) Nick Heyward
Producer(s) Bob Sargeant
Haircut One Hundred singles chronology
"Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)"
(1981)
"Love Plus One"
(1982)
"Fantastic Day"
(1982)

"Love Plus One" is a 1982 single by the British new wave band Haircut One Hundred from their debut album Pelican West. It was the band's biggest hit in their native UK, where it reached No. 3[1] and was certified gold by the BPI for sales in excess of 400,000 copies.[2]

The single was the band's only hit in the United States, where it peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3] The song ranked at No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

Release and reception[edit]

The single was released in the UK in January 1982, entering the UK Singles Chart at No. 36 and quickly moving up to No. 12 two weeks later. It stayed in the Top 40 for a total of 11 weeks.[4] It was featured as Single of the Week in Smash Hits, where Ian Birch described the song as "a nifty mover with plenty of interesting details" and predicted it would become an even bigger hit than "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)".[5]

Track listing[edit]

UK release

  • 7" single (Arista CLIP2)
  1. "Love Plus One" – 3:35
  2. "Marine Boy" – 3:33

Timings are not stated on the UK release although are specified on certain overseas releases.

  • 12" single (Arista CLIP121)
  1. "Love Plus One" – 5:39
  2. "Marine Boy" – 4:56

US release

  • 7" single (Arista AS 0672)
  1. "Love Plus One" – 3:35
  2. "Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)" – 3:04

In other media[edit]

The song was featured in a restaurant scene in the 1995 thriller film Se7en, in the 2007 comedy movie Knocked Up, and in the Glee 2013 episode "I Do" as characters Kurt and Tina are arguing on the dance floor.

The song is also featured in the 2013 film Grown Ups 2 in the scene where the family are preparing to go to an eighties themed party.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 37
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 8[6]
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
Canada RPM (magazine) 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ HAIRCUT 100 | Artist | Official Charts
  2. ^ BPI database
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ "Love Plus One". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  5. ^ Smash Hits, January 7, 1982 - p.16
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 115.