Made up of 3 former members of Bauhaus and named after the comic book series by the Hernandez Brothers, Love and Rockets had their first minor hit with this cover of Motown’s Ball of Confusion.
Ball of Confusion was one of the many songs that Norman Whitefield and Barrett Strong wrote for The Temptations during their “psychedelic soul” period of the late 60s and the early 70s. (Another one was War, which became a much bigger hit when it was covered by Edwin Starr.) When Ball of Confusion was first released, the lyrics dealt directly with the Vietnam War, the Nixon administration, and drug abuse, making it one of Motown’s more directly political songs. However, the song’s power and message has remained timeless and it was subsequently covered by everyone from Tina Turner to Anthrax to, of course, Love and Rockets. The Love and Rockets cover was released shortly before their first album, Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven. Despite being the band’s first hit, the song was not included on the album until it was eventually reissued in 2000.
And the band played on.