Slave to Love (4:03)

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“Slave to Love” is the first single released from former Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry’s 1985 album, Boys and Girls, The single was released on 28 April 1985 and spent 10 weeks in the UK charts in 1985 and peaked at number 9. It was featured on the movie Nine 1/2 Weeks where the entire song was played in one of the scenes.

This is an achingly beautiful ballad. The music has a Latin flair, a melancholy — if not downright sad — melody against a lazy, swaying samba beat. Ferry’s unique flutter of a voice is reminiscent of old-time jazz-age singers and post-war tenors. The song clearly has a 1980s aura to it, yet “Slave to Love” was not a slave to the gimmicks of the era, sounding more timeless and classic than other radio hits from the mid-’80s. 

The dark tone of the song reflects the inner struggle that the narrator feels, helpless and bound to passion for a woman he fears he is losing:

“You’re running with me/Don’t touch the ground/

We’re the restless hearted/Not the chained and bound/

The sky is burning/A sea of flame/

Though your world is changing/I will be the same¨.

” It’s a heartbreaking lyric that Ferry caresses with an intimate delivery.



Featured in the 1985 movie — 91/2 Weeks with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. It’s diffcult to comprehend that the Mickey Rourke in 91/2 Weeks and the Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler are one and the same. Also watch for it in the movie “Bitter Moon”.

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  • byanji

    Loved it in Kingsman!

    25 Feb 2:59pm Reply
  • gaby_beatie

    'the strong get weak, and the rich get poor'

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • mariolitoro

    great song

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    nanananana ♪

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    Beautiful ✶*❤ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ღ✿ღ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ღ✿ღ¸¸♫•*¨*•¸❤`✶* `✶*❤ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ღ✿ღ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ღ✿ღ¸¸♫•*¨*•¸❤`✶* `✶*❤ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ღ✿ღ

    27 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    favorite love song

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • AnnaMarinh

    Amazing song

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    Absolutamente MARAVILLOSA!!!!!!

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • dlovesmusic69

    awesome !!!!!

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • hectorlopezt

    AMO esta cancion...la escucho una y otra y otra vez

    22 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    I absolutely LOVE this song - an alltime favourite of mine![2]

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • WNH3

    Last, get this fixed. What a fuck up!

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • WNH3

    And STILL not Brian Ferry. This is the kind of thing I'd change the channel on, on a real radio...

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • wentleykage

    Oh what a complete fuck up! This is no way even like Bryan Ferry! Last FM you've messed up again. The real 'Slave To Love' is a great track, but sadly this isn't it, and is complete rubbish to boot! Do something about it!

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • cino60

    COME ON, LASTFM! this is FAR from FERRY!!

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • cgiv6n

    I got "I'll Be Round" by Bobby Bare Jr. It's not terrible, but...

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • adrian101101

    I don't know what this is but I quite like it also this I am listening to Mick Jagger radio which is funny as I don't think Bryan was his greatest friend to say the least lol!

    15 Feb 2013 Reply
  • WNH3

    Yet again, still not Brian Ferry.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • WNH3

    And now,. it's not, again...

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • keithhorner1

    Seems to be OK again now!

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
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