Slave to Love

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"Slave to Love"
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Single by Bryan Ferry
from the album Boys and Girls
Released 10 May 1985
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1985
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:59 (7" mix)
4:17 (album version)
Label E.G. Records
Songwriter(s) Bryan Ferry
Producer(s) Bryan Ferry
Rhett Davies
Bryan Ferry singles chronology
"That's How Strong My Love Is"
"Slave to Love"
"Don't Stop the Dance"
"That's How Strong My Love Is"
Slave to love [1985] "Don't Stop the Dance"

"Slave to Love" is the first single released from Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry's 1985 release, Boys and Girls. The song is one of Ferry's most popular solo hits. The single was released on 28 April 1985 and spent 9 weeks in the UK charts in 1985, peaking at number 10.

It has been used in various cinematic works. It was featured in the episode "Junk Love" of Miami Vice (1985), in Fire with Fire (1986), Bitter Moon (1992), Malice (1993), and perhaps the most memorable inclusion in the erotic drama 9½ Weeks (1986), starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. The song was also featured in the season 5 episode "My New God" of Scrubs, and most recently, the song can be heard playing in the background, in a bar scene, in the FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show, episode 5, titled "Pink Cupcakes" (2014); as well as in the films Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) and Exit to Eden with Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O'Donnell. The song was also featured in a 1986 episode of the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless as well as a 1987 episode of All My Children and a 1989 episode of Santa Barbara.

The song features Neil Hubbard and Keith Scott on lead guitar,[1] Dire Straits' Guy Fletcher on keyboards, Omar Hakim on drums, and Tony Levin on bass guitar.

Music video[edit]

A promo video directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino and featuring the Swedish model Christine Bergström, the French Model Laurence Treil and Dutch Model Marpessa Hennink was shot to promote the single, 1985. Cinematographer was Pascal Lebegue.

Track listings[edit]


  1. "Slave to Love"
  2. "Valentine" (Instrumental)

12" UK Single: E'G Records / FERRx 1 881873-1[edit]

  1. "Slave to Love" (Special 12" Re-Mix) - 5:56
  2. "Slave to Love" (Instrumental) - 4:23
  3. "Valentine" (Instrumental) - 4:00


Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) [2] 29
Canadian Singles Chart 76
UK Singles Chart 10
Irish Singles Chart 8
German Singles Chart 30
Swiss Singles Chart [3] 18
Dutch Top 40 33
French Singles Chart 45
Belgian Singles Chart 10
Norwegian Singles Chart 5
Australian Singles Chart 29
New Zealand Singles Chart 11

Cover versions[edit]


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