Modern Love (song)

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"Modern Love"
Bowie ModernLove.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album Let's Dance
B-side"Modern Love (Live)"
Released12 September 1983[1]
Format
RecordedDecember 1982
StudioPower Station, Manhattan, New York City
Genre
Length3:56 (single)
4:46 (album)
LabelEMI AmericaEA158
Songwriter(s)David Bowie
Producer(s)
David Bowie singles chronology
"China Girl"
(1983)
"Modern Love"
(1983)
"Without You"
(1983)
Music video
"Modern Love" on YouTube

"Modern Love" is a song written and recorded by English singer-songwriter David Bowie. It is the opening track to his album Let's Dance, and was issued as the third single from the album in late 1983.

By the time "Modern Love" was issued and edited as a single, Bowie's Serious Moonlight Tour was underway. The video for the song used footage of Bowie and his band performing the song from concert in Philadelphia on 20 July 1983. A live version, recorded in Montreal on 13 July 1983, was on the B-side.

The single reached No. 2 in the UK, and No. 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[5] As well as being a staple of the tour, it was featured in Bowie's set at Live Aid in 1985, and in his subsequent Glass Spider Tour and Sound+Vision Tour of 1987 and 1990. A re-recording with Tina Turner was also featured on a Pepsi commercial in 1987.[6]

Formats and track listings[edit]

7": EMI America / EA 158 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Modern Love [Edit]" (David Bowie) – 3:56
  2. "Modern Love [Live]" (Bowie) – 3:43

12": EMI America / 12EA 158 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Modern Love" (Bowie) – 4:46
  2. "Modern Love [Live]" (Bowie) – 3:43

Credits and personnel[edit]

Production

  • David Bowie – producer
  • Nile Rodgers – producer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983–2016) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 3
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[10] 3
Canada (RPM 50 Singles)[11] 2
France (SNEP)[12] 71
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 3
Israel (Media Forest)[14] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 6
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[18] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 14
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[21] 6
West Germany (Official German Charts)[22] 27

Certifications[edit]

Country/Region Certification Sales
United Kingdom (BPI) Silver >200,000[23]

Other album appearances[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Movies[edit]

TV[edit]

  • Featured on the soundtrack of the Season 1 episode titled "Wedding" in New Girl.
  • The Venture Bros.'s David Bowie character (voiced by James Urbaniak) quoted the first line of this song "I know when to go out" in the episode "Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part I)"
  • Used as the opening theme for WWF All-Star Wrestling from 1984 to 1986.
  • Used in the last episode of My Mad Fat Diary (S2, E7).
  • Used in the second episode of Deutschland 83 (S1, E2).
  • Used in the fourth episode of Dead of Summer. The song also gives the name of the episode.
  • Featured on BBC's Homes Under the Hammer on January 7, 2016.
  • Featured on BBC's Match of the Day on 13 January 2016 - the first edition of the programme following Bowie's death.
  • Featured in the first episode of Dynasty (2017).
  • Featured in the second episode of A Million Little Things.
  • Used in the third season, fourth episode of Riverdale (S3, E4).

Covers[edit]

  • Biffy Clyro covered "Modern Love" in February 2018 for "The Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie". It was hosted by Tony Visconti, David's longtime producer. [26]

Rock Band music gaming platform[edit]

It was made available to download on 25 January 2011 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which utilizes real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loving the Alien (1983-1988) (Box set booklet). Parlophone. 2018.
  2. ^ Thompson, Dave. "David Bowie - Modern Love song review". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  3. ^ "David Bowie: Album guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  4. ^ Breihan, Tom (19 January 2016). "Greg Dulli – "Modern Love" (David Bowie Cover)". Stereogum. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  6. ^ Williamson, Laura (12 November 2009). "EXCLUSIVE: Didier Drogba unleashed... the shocking, other side of the Chelsea striker". Dailymail.co.uk. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  7. ^ Buskin, Richard (April 2005). "CLASSIC TRACKS: Chic 'Le Freak'". Sound On Sound. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  8. ^ bulion. "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". ARIA. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – David Bowie – Modern Love" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Modern Love - DAVID BOWIE". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012. Retrieved 29 July 2013. Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 3
  11. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 39, No. 10, November 05 1983". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  12. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Titres par Artiste". Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc (in French). InfoDisc.fr. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "David Bowie"
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 2nd result when searching "Modern love"
  14. ^ "Media Forest weekly chart (year 2016 week 02)". Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – David Bowie - Modern Love" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – David Bowie – Modern Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Charts.nz – David Bowie – Modern Love". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  18. ^ "MODERN LOVE - David Bowie". Nowe Media, Polskie Radio S.A. LP3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – David Bowie – Modern Love". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  21. ^ a b "Let's Dance awards at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  22. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – David Bowie – Modern Love". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  23. ^ https://www.bpi.co.uk/bpi-awards/ type modern love and search
  24. ^ "Adventureland review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  25. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Hot Tub Time Machine [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] review at Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  26. ^ Stern, Howard. "The Howard Stern Tribute to David Bowie". Howard Stern.
  • Nicholas Pegg The Complete David Bowie, Reynolds & Hearn Ltd, 2000, ISBN 1-903111-14-5

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