“Bizarre Love Triangle”

Today’s encounter with “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was unexpected, and I was struck, but not for the first time, how this song is one of those capable of evoking an entire period even decades later. Then, nearly automatically, I started to hum that other old hit, New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” which is even more evocative of the moment in which it first appeared and circulated – “Every time I think of you I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue” – and it occurred to me to draw up a short playlist featuring a couple of the best covers.