Bizarre Love Triangle

Today’s selection is a cover of a song by the English post-punk band New Order from their 1986 album Brotherhood. (For other songs by New Order, please see my posts on “Love Vigilantes,” “Your Silent Face,” and “Crystal.”)

Nouvelle Vague is a French cover band that I’ve featured once before. A friend had enthusiastically told me about their repertoire of bossa nova-styled covers of 1980s songs. As I describe in my post on their rendition of “In A Manner of Speaking,” I realized I had heard of them before, though I had forgotten having a song of theirs in my library until looking them up. I stumbled upon the video in this evening’s post while surfing around YouTube and my in music collection.

I liked the group’s interpretation of the song, including the duelling vocals in the chorus. I enjoy listening to covers as I find reinterpretations add to my appreciation of a beloved song.

I’m not sure of the meaning of “Bizarre Love Triangle,” though the lyrics seem to hint at yearning for things to be the way they were back at some earlier stage in a relationship before the people in it grew and developed and perhaps drifted apart.

“Every time I think of you
I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue
It’s no problem of mine
But it’s a problem I find
Living a life that I can’t leave behind
There’s no sense in telling me
The wisdom of a fool won’t set you free
But that’s the way that it goes
And it’s what nobody knows
Well every day my confusion grows

Every time I see you falling
I get down on my knees and pray
I’m waiting for that final moment
You say the words that I can’t say

I feel fine and I feel good
I feel like I never should
Whenever I get this way
I just don’t know what to say
Why can’t we be ourselves like we were yesterday
I’m not sure what this could mean
I don’t think you’re what you seem
I do admit to myself
That if I hurt someone else
Then I’ll never see just what we’re meant to be

Every time I see you falling
I get down on my knees and pray
I’m waiting for that final moment
You say the words that I can’t say

Every time I see you falling
I get down on my knees and pray
I’m waiting for that final moment
You say the words that I can’t say

Every time I see you falling
I’m waiting for that final moment”

“Bizarre Love Triangle,” by Gillian Gilbert, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner.
Unofficial lyrics (based on New Order recorded version) courtesy of AZLyrics.com.

This week, My Song of the Day for Today turned two years old, and over that time, I’ve enjoyed posting writeups on numerous covers that I—or my sweety and I—have enjoyed over the years. Do you like listening to cover versions of songs? If so, please share some of your favourites in the comments.

“Bizarre Love Triangle” comes from Nouvelle Vague’s digital compilation Rarities (2019).

Now you know a little about why this is My Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official video for the song from the Kwaidan Records YouTube channel:

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