Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11

The danger in using synthesized sounds in pop music is that they may become dated. This 1986 synth-pop workout is a near compendium of studio gimmicks of the day, but has been widely covered by artists as diverse as David Bowie and Pop Will Eat Itself. And since the song was in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, it has been granted some immortality.

Love Missile F1-11 may be about heroin given the “shoot it up” refrain. The tune tries to link itself to politics with references to US bombs (the Cold War) and starvation (maybe, African famine) in the lyrics.  The band also pretended to be about more than their looks, even if they were based out a clothing store:

“Hi-tech sex, designer violence, and the fifth generation of rock ‘n’ roll,” was the slogan, with records and videos exhibiting a preoccupation with dystopian future themes. Capitalism was lauded, though maybe ironically, as a comment on other musicians “selling out”: apparently Sigue Sigue Sputnik sold the blank space between album tracks to advertisers. The 1980s also saw the rise of personal computing and the group was interested in the impact of technology.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik somehow managed to be campy and disturbing at the same time.


2 thoughts on “Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11

  1. This idea of multiple references occurring simultaneously is at the heart of the brilliant perversity of SSS. It is this inventive intertextual, hyper mixed- sampledelica and the spaces which it produces in between, through an onslaught of pop cultural signposts, that guarantees such a dense and hybrid offspring. Everything, every move, every sample, every outfit is a reference, is a signifier of something else. With lyrics on Flaunt it that sound more like provocative pop advertising slogans, High tech sex and rockets Baby, Intravenous USA , hips and lips and beauty queens, SSSinserted themselves into the vernacular of sub cultural catch phrases and future speak of 1986. Apart from lyrics,SSS delivered out the sound bites for the media in the form of Pure sex, pure style, The future is now, I am the ultimate product! Affordable firepower!

  2. The band’s music and image and inspiration also mashed together a range of other pop culture influences, including the electronica influences of Suicide , and the New York Dolls.

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