Love to Hate You

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"Love to Hate You"
Erasure - Love to Hate You.jpg
Single by Erasure
from the album Chorus
B-side"Vitamin C", "La La La"
ReleasedSeptember 9, 1991
Format12", 7", cassette, CD
Recorded1991
GenreSynthpop, dance-pop
Length3:56
LabelMute (UK)
Sire (US)
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s)Martyn Phillips
Erasure singles chronology
"Chorus"
(1991)
"Love to Hate You"
(1991)
"Am I Right?"
(1991)
Music video
"Love to Hate You" on YouTube

"Love to Hate You" is a song by Erasure which was released in 1991 as the second single from the duo's fifth studio album Chorus. It peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart and became a Top 10 hit in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland and Sweden.

History[edit]

The single was released by Mute Records in the UK and Sire Records in the US. The song, written by band members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell is an electronic dance track clearly inspired by disco music. The synthesizer melody in the chorus of "Love to Hate You" is an interpolation of the string break from the Gloria Gaynor disco-era classic "I Will Survive".[clarification needed]

The song's music video features Erasure performing the song on a futuristic stage with a long, connected runway which extends out into the audience. As Bell dances down the runway, it is revealed that the floor is covered in water - these shots were filmed in London's Leadenhall Market. Vince Clarke is also seen playing a circular keyboard similar to one previously used by Jean-Michel Jarre.

The band also recorded a Spanish version of the song, called "Amor y Odio" (Love and Hatred), and one in Italian called "Amo Odiarti".

"Love to Hate You" is one of Erasure's most successful singles on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number four.[1] It became a top-ten hit in Finland, where it reached number seven;[2] Austria, where it reached number six;[3] Denmark and Ireland, where it reached number five;[4][5] and Sweden, where it reached number four.[6] In the US it reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart,[7] number 10 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart,[8] and number six on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote that the song is a "techno-conscious twirler" that nicks an idea or two from Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". They complimented Andy Bell's "sassy and soulful" performance as an interesting contrast to the track's "overall electro tone".[10] Music & Media noted that it is a "top rate pop/dance song, which draws influences from '70s Giorgio Moroder productions. The synthesizer outfit takes us to a lovely Caribbean bridge that will work as well on EHR as in clubland."[11] AllMusic editor Ned Raggett described the song as "supersassy" in his review of Chorus.[12]

Track listings[edit]

7" single (MUTE131) / Cassette Single (CMUTE131)

  1. "Love to Hate You"
  2. "Vitamin C"

12" single (12MUTE131)

  1. "Love to Hate You" (12" Mix)
  2. "Vitamin C" (12" Mix)
  3. "La La La"

CD single (CDMUTE131)

  1. "Love to Hate You"
  2. "Love to Hate You" (12" Mix)
  3. "Vitamin C"
  4. "La La La"

US CD single (40218-2)

  1. "Love to Hate You" (Album Version)
  2. "Love to Hate You" (Bruce Forest Mix)
  3. "Vitamin C" (12" Mix)
  4. "Love to Hate You" (12" Mix)
  5. "Vitamin C"
  6. "La La La"

Italian Promo Only 12" single (Love 100)

  1. "Love to Hate You" (J.T. Company Remix)
  2. "Love to Hate You" (J.T. Company Instrumental Remix)
  3. "Love to Hate You" (Joe T. Vannelli Remix Dub)
  4. "Love to Hate You" (Joe T. Vannelli Single Remix)

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Top 10 Sales in Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 8 no. 51–52. 21 December 1991. p. 39. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Austriancharts.at – Erasure – Love to Hate You" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 8 no. 41. 12 October 1991. p. 29. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love to Hate You". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com – Erasure – Love to Hate You". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Erasure Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Erasure Chart History (Dance Singles Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Erasure Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard magazine. 2 November 1991. p. 87. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  11. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 28 September 1991. p. 11. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  12. ^ "Erasure - Chorus". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Erasure – Love to Hate You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 8 no. 41. 12 October 1991. p. 33. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  15. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Erasure – Love to Hate You". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Top 10 Sales in Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 9 no. 3. 18 January 1992. p. 30. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Erasure – Love to Hate You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Erasure – Love to Hate You". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  20. ^ "1991 Top 100 Singles". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 11 January 1992. p. 20.

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