*UK promo beercan
"Love Removal Machine" was the first single to be released from the group's 1987 album Electric. First recorded during a radio session, it had a different arrangement, was recorded for the band's third album, Peace. When that album was scrapped, it was re-recorded for the replacement album, Electric. An extended remix was also created and released on a 12" single. The song was named the 74th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
Ian Astbury said about this song:" It was like getting on your favorite motorcycle," adding: "I could sing about anything. That's just what came to me. Just the phrase came to mind. That's what it felt like, a love removal machine."
And: "We had Back in Black playing in the studio, as Rick [Rubin, producer] was listening to it every day. He was obsessed with it, no doubt. AC/DC definitely had an influence on that record. But 'Love Removal Machine' was that AC/DC influence where you're getting down to things in their very elemental form, instead of waxing lyrical and getting prosaic."
* US promo beercan
Love Removal Machine, 7", CAN, DJ96, promo, sticker on cover "talkin' 'bout love"
Love Removal Machine, 7", CAN, SOV 2387, sticker on cover "talkin' 'bout love"
Love Removal Machine ,7", GER, 108 887
Love Removal Machine, 7", EIRE, BEG 182, Irish double dip ridge centres, gripper teeth around labels
Love Removal Machine, 7", ITA, VIN 45217
Love Removal Machine, 7", ITA, JBV287, plain sleeve jukebox single, split with Ward Brothers
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG 182
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG 182, masterdisk, printed white label promo w/ press release
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG 182, silver injection label
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG182R, promo, picture sleeve, label A/AA (in red)
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG182R, white label testpressing A/B (in black)
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG182D/CULT10, double pack, black labels
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG182D/CULT10, double pack, injection, CULT10 miscredited to Rubin
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG182D/CULT10, double pack, injection, CULT10 credited to Brown
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG182D/CULT10, double pack, silver injection labels, repress
Love Removal Machine, 7", UK, BEG182D/CULT10, BEG182 black label/CULT10 injection label
Conquistador/Groove Co., 7", UK, CULT10, white label testpressing with printed A/B in black
Love Removal Machine/She Sells Sanctuary, USA, 7-21945, Back to Back Hits, jukeboxsingle, plain sleeve
Love Removal Machine, 12", CAN, DJV219, CAN, promo, double A-side: Extended Club Rock Mix
Love Removal Machine, 12", CAN, DJV222, CAN, promo
Love Removal Machine, 12", CAN, SOVX 2387
Love Removal Machine, 12", CAN, CULT 1, double pack, w/ poster and stickered sleeve
Love Removal Machine, 12", CAN, CULT 1, double pack, signed by Ian 'To CultCollection.NL' and Billy
Love Removal Machine, 12", FRA, 80290
Love Removal Machine, 12", GER, 608 887
Love Removal Machine, 12", GER, 608 887, Testpressung/Musterplatte
Love Removal Machine, 12", ITA, VINX171
Love Removal Machine, 12", UK, BEG182T, incl. poster
Love Removal Machine, 12", UK, BEG182T, white label test pressing, w/ promo flat
Love Removal Machine, 12", USA, 9 206410
Love Removal Machine, 12", USA, PRO-A-2691, promo, plain sleeve
Love Removal Machine, TAPE, CAN, CULTC1, extended play cassette
Love Removal Machine, TAPE, UK, BEG182C, 5 track cassingle
Love Removal Machine/All We Need (Blues), TAPE, USA, promo, AKY Recording Supplies Inc. NY
Love Removal Machine/She Sells Sanctuary, VID, UK, VMS 001, 2-track videosingle
IA: Yeah, we grew up in post-WWII Britain, and I think military conflicts and wars were very much part of our growing up. We grew up through the Falklands War; Vietnam had been romanticized through things like Apocalypse Now, so throughout our coming of age, there was all this military influence. I’m a huge history buff. It was my favorite subject at school, and I was always interested in wars and conflicts, possibly in a romantic sense. But when I saw Apocalypse Now, it had such a profound effect on me. It was like a religious experience when I watched that at 15 or 16 years old, and it became a part of the canon of areas I was going to write about.
I think “Love Removal Machine” came out of man’s inhumanity to man; it talked about materialism and prostitution as being other aspects of the machine that takes away from the human spirit, then put it in a rock ’n’ roll vehicle that was very accessible. It came out during the Electric album, and we were pretty hammered in the studio. [Laughs.] Or at least I was! I remember being pretty hammered when we created most of the songs.
It came out of so many different things, but the energy of it… The chords are pretty direct, an amalgamation of The Rolling Stones and AC/DC, which is what we were really into. We were into the power of riffs, music from the waist down. We weren’t really over-intellectualizing what we were doing. We were in a place where we weren’t the naïve kids in Southern Death Cult or Death Cult or even [what we were] during the Love album. We were now seasoned veterans at 24 or 25 years old. We’d now toured the world; we’d been on several tours. We’d pretty much had a huge career. In fact, we had a bigger career by the time we were 24 than most people have over a 10-year period. We’d been through a lot. But “Love Removal Machine” is kind of an aggressive song. Maybe I was railing against rampant materialism and being aware that I was becoming an object, that I was becoming a marketable individual, that the band was becoming marketable. We had a price tag on our heads. Maybe “Love Removal Machine” is a reaction against all of that.
(from The AV Club interview w/ Ian Astbury - jun 7, 2012)
UK promo standee (appr. 1m x 0,5 m)
*UK poster * postcard
LRM (Brick Bazooka Mix), CDS, USA, PRO-CD-5101, 3-track promo, OST - Small Soldiers Sampler
LRM (Mickey Petralla Mix), 12", USA, 4-track for promotion limited DJ only edition, OST - Small Soldiers