Polyamorous (song)

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Single by Breaking Benjamin
from the album Saturate
Released July 16, 2002
Format CD
Genre Alternative metal
Length 2:56
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) Benjamin Burnley
Breaking Benjamin singles chronology
Saturate track listing

"Polyamorous" is the first single by American post-grunge/alternative metal band Breaking Benjamin from their debut album Saturate.

History [edit]

The song was the first known Breaking Benjamin song. The song was first recorded in 2000, but without the tremolo-effect in the intro. It appeared on the band's EP in 2001 before serving as the lead single on their debut album, Saturate, in 2002.

After being played by 97.9 X DJ, and now Breaking Benjamin road manager, Freddie Fabbri, "Polyamorous" gained the attention of Hollywood Records who signed Breaking Benjamin the following year.[1] As the band's debut single, it gained significant national radio play and became Breaking Benjamin's first hit song.

Musically, "Polyamorous" features elements of alternative metal with its long-drawn, growled vocals and chunky metallic guitars. The song begins with guitar notes played with a staccato delay effect which quickly swells into a heavy intro. The verses feature palm muted guitar and creeping vocals that suddenly charge into a heavy, shouted chorus. Bass popping and modest guitars are featured in the interlude which gradually build back into the roaring chorus.

Track listing[edit]

Promotional single #1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Polyamorous"   Benjamin Burnley 3:04
2. "Call Out Hook"     0:11
3. "Call Out Hook 2"     0:09
Promotional single #2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Polyamorous"   Benjamin Burnley 2:58
2. "Shallow Bay (Demo)"   Benjamin Burnley 4:03

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were produced for "Polyamorous." The original version deals with a voyeuristic couple who, with the use of a joystick and various monitors for hidden cameras, are spying on other couples. The band is seen performing in the same chambers as these couples are as well as in a cage in an empty swimming pool. In various shots, vocalist Benjamin Burnley's eyes become entirely glossed in blue and his mouth fills with a blue, electric voltage effect as he sings. The voyeuristic couple continues to spy until they see themselves on the monitor and look behind themselves to see the same camera they use to spy. This is the version found on the Dear Agony Best Buy bonus DVD. It can be seen here [1].

The second video for "Polyamorous" served as a promotional vehicle for the video game Run Like Hell: Hunt or Be Hunted. It features the same footage of the band performing in an empty swimming pool intercut with cinematic clips from the video game. The voltage effect on Benjamin's eyes and mouth, is green in this version. This version can be seen as a computer bonus feature on the Saturate CD. It can be also be seen here [2]


"Polyamorous" appeared in various video games including Run Like Hell: Hunt or Be Hunted, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw, WWE WrestleMania 21 and WWE Day of Reckoning. The track "Firefly" from We Are Not Alone is also in WWE Day of Reckoning and WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw[2][3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
US Modern Rock Tracks[4] 31
US Mainstream Rock Tracks 19


  1. ^ Lello, Michael Breaking the Silence The Weekender (September 15, 2009). Retrieved on 2-09-10.
  2. ^ "WWE Day of Reckoning soundtrack". News.gamewinners.com. 2004-08-13. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  3. ^ "New Games, Newest Games". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  4. ^ "Breaking Benjamin Album & Song Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-07-27.