Love's Great Adventure

"Love's Great Adventure" is a single released by Ultravox on 12 October 1984. Having enjoyed massive radio airplay that autumn, the single became Ultravox's thirteenth Top 30 single in Britain, was their last major hit in the UK, peaking at #12 in the UK Singles Chart; the style of this single is different from any of their preceding Lament singles, aiming for a more lightweight, pop-oriented approach. The music video features the band members in a humorous parody of Indiana Jones, with Midge Ure being chased across deserts and forests by a ruthless treasure hunter. Midge Ure stated in his autobiography, If I Was, that the aim of the single and its video was to promote Ultravox as having a sense of humour, away from the seriousness of their previous releases. In the video is Ure's future wife Annabel Giles; the music in the video stops halfway through where a exhausted Midge Ure, tired from minutes of endless running around has to sit down for a moment and take a breather. He rests for a moment takes a breath before standing up recovered and continuing with the song at which point the music starts up once again.

The song, based on a riff for a Levi's jeans commercial, not taken up by the company, was not released on a studio album, instead appearing on their 1984 compilation album The Collection. An episode of the BBC series Inside No. 9 called "Love's Great Adventure", used this song as its closing theme. "Love's Great Adventure" – 3:04 - "White China" – 3:43 - "Love's Great Adventure" – 5:40 "White China" – 3:43 "Man Of Two Worlds" – 4:32 - Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics


The Sagartians were an ancient Iranian tribe, dwelling in the Iranian plateau. Their exact location is unknown. According to Herodotus they were related to the Persians, but they may have entered a political union with the Medians at some point. Ptolemy locates them in Media, while Stephanus of Byzantium claims that there was a peninsula in the Caspian Sea called Sagartía, they were their main weapon being the lasso. It is unclear whether they are identical to the Zikirti mentioned by Sargon II as inhabitants of northern Zagros in the late 8th century BC, they may have been granted the district of Arbela by Median king Cyaxares as a reward for their aid in the capture of Niniveh. According to Herodotus, the Sagartians belonged to the 14th taxation Province of the Achaemenid Empire. A Sagartian delegation appears among the tribute bearers on the Apadana relief. Herodotus mentioned in the seventh book of his histories that the Sagartians provided 8,000 horsemen for King Xerxes' massive army during the Persian king's invasion of Greece in 480 BC.

ASAGARTA in Encyclopædia Iranica. Livius