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New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2013)

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"Bizarre Love Triangle"
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Single by New Order
from the album Brotherhood
Released5 November 1986[1]
  • 7" single
  • 12" single
RecordedJanuary 1986
  • Synthpop[2][3]
  • new wave[2]
  • alternative dance[4]
  • Gillian Gilbert
  • Peter Hook
  • Stephen Morris
  • Bernard Sumner[5]
Producer(s)New Order
New Order singles chronology

"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]

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 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".


  • 1 Releases
  • 2 Music video
  • 3 Cover versions
  • 4 Track listing
  • 5 Weekly charts
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


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 minus bass and voice were sequenced.[10]

Music video

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 versions

  • "Bizarre Love Triangle" has been covered by many artists, such as The Black Eyed Peas, Even As We Speak, Manitu, Commercial Breakup (by Vredeber Albrecht), Devine and Statton, Sita, Tony DeSare, South, Rookie of the Year, Apoptygma Berzerk, Stabbing Westward, Jaymay, Charlotte Martin, Anne Curtis, Vendetta, Nouvelle Vague, The Speaks, Makana, Echosmith and Apostle of Hustle and Zeus.
  • Australian band Frente! released an acoustic cover version of the song in 1994; it was the band's only major overseas success. This version was also the highest charting in the United States, peaking at 49 on the Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed]
  • The song was also remixed in 2005 by The Crystal Method (for their album Community Service II) and by Richard X (for the New Order single "Waiting for the Sirens' Call").
  • It was remade into Chinese with the Cantonese version by Amanda Lee and the Mandarin version, by Sandy Lam, both under the title of "一個人 / Yī Gè Rén" ("Alone").
  • Brandon Flowers of The Killers, a band owing their name to New Order,[12] has played "Bizarre Love Triangle" solo on piano at several of The Killers' concerts, as seen in widely circulated YouTube videos.
  • American alternative rock band Nada Surf performed a version of the song in May 2012 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.[13]

Track listing

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

  • Initial pressings (matrix FAC-26-A) were the UK 7" mix,[14] later pressings (matrix FAC-26-A2) were the Canadian 7" mix[15]
  • 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]


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  2. ^ a b Proefrock, Stacia. "Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order - Listen, Appearances, Song Review - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ Lindsay, Cam (8 September 2015). "An Essential Guide to New Order". Exclaim!. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  4. ^
  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. ^ "Bizarre Love Triangle" UK chart history
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Keyboard magazine - Welcome to Keyboard magazine---the latest info on keyboards, digital pianos, synths, music software, & sheet music for rock, jazz, electronica & pop". Archived from the original on 18 December 2005. 
  11. ^ See the full account Archived January 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. of the production of the "Bizarre Love Triangle" video, written by Michael Shamberg.
  12. ^ Binelli, Mark (2005-06-16). "Hit Men". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  13. ^ "Nada Surf covers New Order". Retrieved March 30, 2013. 
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  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. ^ " – New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 1986-11-09" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Archive Chart: 1986-11-09" UK Indie Chart.
  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.

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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