"Bizarre Love Triangle" is a single released in 1986 by the English new wave band New Order, which reached the Top five on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/ Club Play Singles chart and on theAustralian charts (No. 1 on the Victoria state chart) in the winter of 1986.[2] The track was taken from their album Brotherhood.

Though it is one of the group's best known singles, it failed to make the Top 40 in either the United Kingdom or the United States Hot 100. In the band's native England, "Bizarre Love Triangle" only reached No. 56.[3] 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 Billboard Hot 100 in 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 Australia, where the song was a sizable chart hit, Bizarre Love Triangle initiated a string of five consecutive Top 20 hits.[citation needed][4]

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

Releases[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The 12-inch version appears on the compilation Substance and a remix by Stephen Hague features on their Best Of album. The original album version appears on the 2005 compilationSingles.

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.[5]

An alternate version featuring vocal hums after the first chorus is on the soundtrack of the 1988 film Married to the Mob.

The song can also be heard in the 2011 film What's Your Number?.

Music video[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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.[6] 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!"

Cover versions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Track listing[edit source | editbeta]Edit

All songs written and composed by Gillian GilbertPeter HookStephen MorrisBernard Sumner

7": FAC 163 (UK)
No. Title Length
1. "Bizarre Love Triangle"   3:40
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,[9] later pressings (matrix FAC-26-A2) were the Canadian 7" mix[10]
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"[11]
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)"   3:44

Chart positions[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1986/1987) Peak


Australia ARIA Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 7
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 56
UK Indie Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 98
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Club Play1 4
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Singles Sales1 8


  • 1 - Charted with "State of the Nation".
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