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"Bizarre Love Triangle" is a song by the English rock band New Order, released as a single in 1986 from their fourth studio album, Brotherhood (1986), which reached the top five on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart,[6] and No. 5 on the Australian ARIA Charts (No. 1 on the Victoria state chart) in March 1987.[7]

"Bizarre Love Triangle"
Blt New Order.jpg
Single by New Order
from the album Brotherhood
Released 5 November 1986[1]
Format
Recorded January 1986
(London)
Genre
Length 4:21
Label Factory (FAC 163)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) New Order
New Order singles chronology
"State of the Nation"
(1986)
"Bizarre Love Triangle"
(1986)
"True Faith"
(1987)
"State of the Nation"
(1986)
"Bizarre Love Triangle"
(1986)
"True Faith"
(1987)

It failed to make the top 40 in either the United Kingdom (only reaching No. 56[8]) or the US Billboard Hot 100. In the United States, the song also reached the eighth position on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, but failed to chart on the Hot 100 during its original 1986 release. However, a new mix included on The Best of New Order was released in 1994 and finally made a brief appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 in the number 98 position in 1995.

In 2004 the song was ranked number 201 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Contents

ReleasesEdit

The 12-inch version, remixed by Shep Pettibone, also appears on the compilation Substance and a second remix by Stephen Hague features on their Best Of album. The original album version appears on the 2005 compilation Singles. New Order's live versions since 1998 are based on the Shep Pettibone remix.[9]

The single mix features a cleaner sound with more electronics than the album version, notably the Fairlight CMI music workstation, the premier sampling keyboard workstation of the '80s, used to provide novel sounds, such as the orchestral hits that were so popular, but also to sequence the song. All instruments except vocals and Peter Hook's melodic bass were sequenced (the song also prominently features synthesised bass and synth choir parts).[10]

Music videoEdit

The music video, which was released in November 1986, was directed by American artist Robert Longo. It prominently featured shots of a man and a woman in business suits flying through the air as though propelled by trampolines; this is based directly on Longo's "Men in the Cities" series of lithographs.[11] The video also features a black and white cut-scene where Jodi Long and E. Max Frye are arguing about reincarnation, in which Long emphatically declares "I don't believe in reincarnation because I refuse to come back as a bug or as a rabbit!" Frye responds, "You know, you're a real 'up' person," before the song resumes.

Cover versionsEdit

Usage in mediaEdit

The song was played on Fox animated series The Simpsons episode "Future-Drama".

The song was featured in the 1988 movie, Married to the Mob

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner.

7": FAC 163 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" 3:43
2. "Bizarre Dub Triangle" 3:23
7": Qwest 7-28421 (US)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (edit) 3:36
2. "Every Little Counts" 4:29
7": FAC-26 (Canada)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" 3:36
2. "Every Little Counts" 4:29
  • Initial pressings (matrix FAC-26-A) were the UK 7" mix,[14] later pressings (matrix FAC-26-A2) were the Canadian 7" mix[15]
7": FAC-163153 (Australia)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" 3:36
2. "State of the Nation" 3:27
12": FAC 163 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" 6:44
2. "Bizarre Dub Triangle" 7:02
12": Qwest 0-20546 (US)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" 6:41
2. "I Don't Care" (Actually "Bizarre Dub Triangle") 7:02
3. "State of the Nation" 6:31
4. "Bizarre Love Triangle" 3:43
  • US editions mis-credit "Bizarre Dub Triangle" as "I Don't Care", reputedly due to a record company person contacting New Order's Manager Rob Gretton to ask what to name the mix as, Gretton is claimed to have said "I don't care"[16]
CD: Qwest 9 20546-2 (US) - released in 1994
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (album version) 4:20
2. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (Extended Dance Mix) 6:44
3. "I Don't Care" (Actually "Bizarre Dub Triangle") 7:02
4. "State of the Nation" 6:31
5. "Bizarre Love Triangle" (single remix) 3:43

Weekly chartsEdit

Charts (1986–87) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[17] 51
Ireland (IRMA)[18] 25
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 56
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[21] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[22] 4
US Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[23] 8
Charts (1994) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[24] 53
Charts (1995) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 98

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hook, Peter (6 October 2016). Substance: Inside New Order. Simon & Schuster UK. Retrieved 19 July 2017 – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ a b Proefrock, Stacia. "Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Cam (8 September 2015). "An Essential Guide to New Order". Exclaim!. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Bizarre Love Triangle / Bizarre Dub Triangle by New Order". rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  5. ^ ASCAP entry[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "New Order - Music Biography, Streaming Radio and Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  7. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW, Australia: Australian Chart Book. p. 215. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ chartstats.com "Bizarre Love Triangle" UK chart history
  9. ^ Flint, Tom (April 2004). "Recreating New Order's 'Blue Monday' Live". Sound on Sound. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  10. ^ Fortner, Stephen (September 2005). "New Order. New Album. Old School. All Good.". Keyboard. Archived from the original on 18 December 2005. 
  11. ^ Shamberg, Michael. "Bizarre Love Triangle". kinoteca.net. Archived from the original on 15 January 2006. 
  12. ^ Binelli, Mark (16 June 2005). "Hit Men". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 April 2008. 
  13. ^ "Nada Surf covers New Order". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle". Discogs. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle". Discogs. Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Recycle 13: Bizarre Love Triangle". neworder-recycle.blogspot. 5 September 2009. Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. 
  17. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0796." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  18. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Bizarre Love Triangle". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ "New Order – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for New Order. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  23. ^ "Dance Singles Sales - December 27, 1986". Billboard. Retrieved 25 December 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  24. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2508." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  25. ^ "New Order – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for New Order. Retrieved 25 December 2015.

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