Slave to Love

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For the unrelated song of the same name by Quiet Riot, see QR III.
"Slave to Love"
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
Writer(s) Bryan Ferry
Producer(s) Bryan Ferry
Rhett Davies

"Slave to Love" is the first single released from Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry's 1985 release, Boys and Girls.


"Slave to Love" 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.

The song 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. 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); and in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015). 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 Pink Floyd's David Gilmour on lead guitar, 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 French Model Laurence Treil was shot to promote the single.

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
Canadian Singles Chart 76
UK Singles Chart 10
Irish Singles Chart 8
German Singles Chart 30
Swiss Singles Chart 18 [1]
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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