Who Needs Love Like That

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"Who Needs Love Like That"
Erasure - Who Needs Love Like That.jpg
Original 1985 single cover
Single by Erasure
from the album Wonderland
B-side "Push Me Shove Me" (1985)
Released 2 September 1985 (original version)
26 October 1992 (Hamburg mix)
Format 12", 7", CD
Recorded 1985
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:16
Label Mute Records (UK)
Sire Records (U.S.)
Songwriter(s) Vince Clarke
Producer(s) Flood
Erasure singles chronology
"Who Needs Love Like That"
(1985)
"Heavenly Action"
(1985)
"Who Needs Love Like That"
(1985)
"Heavenly Action"
(1985)

"Abba-esque"
(1992) Abba-esque1992

"Who Needs Love Like That (Hamburg Mix)"
(1992) Who Needs Love Like That (Hamburg Mix)1992

"Always"
(1994) Always1994
Alternative cover
1992 remix single cover
1992 remix single cover

"Who Needs Love Like That" is the debut single released by British synthpop duo Erasure. The song was released in the UK on Mute Records in 1985 as a prelude to their debut album Wonderland. The video was directed by John Scarlett Davies and produced by Nick Verden for Aldabra.

While the original 1985 release enjoyed only minor success, the later "Hamburg Mix" version (issued in 1992 to promote the Pop! compilation) reached the top 10 in both the UK and Ireland.

History[edit]

"Who Needs Love Like That" is an uptempo pop song written by Vince Clarke. The lyrics are a cast-off to a destructive love relationship, in which the protagonist asks "who needs love like that?" The music video takes place in a mock Western, with Clarke, Andy Bell and various extras dressed as cowboys. Both Bell and Clarke appear in dual roles, the others being woman's drags.

Upon its release, the song spent two weeks in the UK singles chart, peaking at number 55. In 1992, the song was remixed and tacked on to the end of Erasure's greatest hits collection Pop! - the First 20 Hits (although in the U.S. it only appears on the cassette release). The "Hamburg Mix" (slightly retitled to put "Like That" in parenthesis) was released as a single and became a Top 10 UK hit, peaking at number ten.

Track listings[edit]

Original Release (1985)[edit]

7" single (MUTE40)[edit]

  1. "Who Needs Love Like That"
  2. "Push Me Shove Me"

12" single (12MUTE40)[edit]

  1. "Who Needs Love Like That" (Legend Mix)
  2. "Push Me Shove Me" (Extended as Far as Possible Mix)
  3. "Who Needs Love Like That" (Instrumental Workout Mix)

Limited 12" single (L12MUTE40)[edit]

  1. "Who Needs Love Like That" (Mexican Mix)
  2. "Push Me Shove Me" (Tacos Mix)

12" US single (SIRE 0-20404)[edit]

  1. "Who Needs Love Like That" (The Love That Mix Version / Mexican Mix) 6:08
  2. "Push Me Shove Me" (That Rough And Tumble Mix / Tacos Mix) 5:46
  3. "Heavenly Action" (A Divine Mix / Yellow Brick Mix) 6:43
  4. "Who Needs Love Like That" (Single Edit) 3:03

CD Single (CDMUTE40)[edit]

  1. "Who Needs Love Like That"
  2. "Push Me Shove Me"
  3. "Who Needs Love Like That" (Legend Mix)
  4. "Push Me Shove Me" (Extended as Far as Possible Mix)
  5. "Who Needs Love Like That" (Instrumental Workout Mix)

Hamburg Mix (1992)[edit]

7" single (MUTE150) / Cassette single (CMUTE150)[edit]

  1. "Who Needs Love (Like That)" (Hamburg Mix)
  2. "Who Needs Love (Like That)" (Single Edit)

12" single (12MUTE150)[edit]

  1. "Who Needs Love (Like That)" (Phil Kelsey Mix)
  2. "Ship of Fools" (Orbital Southsea Isles of Holy Beats Mix)
  3. "Sometimes" (Danny Rampling Mix)

CD single (CDMUTE150)[edit]

  1. "Who Needs Love (Like That)" (Hamburg Mix)
  2. "The Soldier's Return"
  3. "Don't Say No"
  4. "The Circus" (Gladiator Mix)

Limited CD single (LCDMUTE150)[edit]

  1. "Who Needs Love (Like That)" (Phil Kelsey Mix)
  2. "Ship of Fools" (Orbital Southsea Isles of Holy Beats Mix)
  3. "Sometimes" (Danny Rampling Mix)

Chart performance[edit]

Original release[edit]

Chart (1985/1986) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[1] 48
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 23
UK Singles Chart[3] 55
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs Chart[4] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[5] 13

Hamburg Mix release (1992)[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 13
German Singles Chart[1] 27
Irish Singles Chart[8] 8
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 31
UK Singles Chart[3] 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche". musicline.de. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Erasure - Who Needs Love Like That". hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Erasure | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-11-09. 
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/301794/erasure/chart?f=359
  5. ^ "Erasure". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung (1992-12-20). "Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Österreich". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  7. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-31-2503-5. 
  8. ^ Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung (1992-11-25). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24.