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"Love Missile F1-11" is a song by British synthpop band Sigue Sigue Sputnik released in March 1986 as the first single from their debut album Flaunt It. It was the band's biggest hit, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

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The bass line, repeated on their follow up single "21st Century Boy", is similar to both Devo's earlier "Girl U Want", and Suicide's 1977 track "Rocket USA". Relying on gimmicks and sound effects to create a futuristic atmosphere, the song features vocals with high echo and multiple sound effects. It begins with a sample from Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange where Malcolm McDowell's character Alex, professes his fondness for a bit "of the old ultra-violence".

Cover versions[edit]Edit

David Bowie covered the song as an outtake during the sessions for his 2003 album, Reality. It was then released as a B-side for the single "New Killer Star". Pop Will Eat Itself released a cover of the song as a single in May 1987, before including it on the Box Frenzy LP in 1988. Thermopyle released a cover version as a CD single in 1998.[2] There is also an electronic version remixed by Westbam released on a single in 2000.[3]

Video[edit]Edit

The music video features many shots of a futuristic city and references The TerminatorStar WarsStar TrekBlade Runner and Scarface. The video is primarily set in a future war; the band are depicted as soldiers armed with weapons and space ships.

Popular culture[edit]Edit

The song was used in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. A version of the song is featured in the South Park episode Super Fun Time, with Eric Cartman singing along "I'm having a super fun time".

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