“Modern Love”.



“Modern Love”
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   Lyrics                        Video
from the album   Let’s Dance
B-side “Modern Love (Live)”
Released September 1983
  • 7″
  • 12″
Recorded December 1982
Studio Power Station, Manhattan, New York City


Length 3:56 (single)
4:46 (album)
Label EMI America – EA158
Writer(s) David Bowie

Modern Love is a song written and recorded by David Bowie. It was the opening track to his fifteenth studio album Let’s Dance. It was issued as the third single from the album in 1983.

Bowie claimed the song was inspired by Little Richard, and it maintains the album’s theme of a struggle between God and man. The line “Get me to the church on time” from the lyrics is the title of the same-named tune from My Fair Lady.

By the time “Modern Love” was issued and edited as a single, Bowie’s Serious Moonlight Tour was underway. The track had become a popular encore on the tour, and Jim Yukich’s video for the song used footage of Bowie and his band performing the song from concert in Philadelphia on 20 July 1983. A live version, recorded in Montreal on 13 July, was on the B-side.

The single reached No. 2 in the UK, and No. 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100. As well as being a staple of the tour, it featured in Bowie’s set at Live Aid in 1985, and in his subsequent Glass Spider and Sound+Vision tours of 1987 and 1990. A re-recording with Tina Turner was also featured on a Pepsi commercial in 1987.

  • Featured in the film Frances Ha (2013).
  • Featured in the film The Business (2005).
  • Featured in the film “Sleeping with Other People” (2015).   star2