Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love

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"Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love"
Single by Van Halen
from the album Van Halen
B-side "Feel Your Love Tonight"
Released October 1978[1]
Recorded 1977
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 3:50
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Michael Anthony
David Lee Roth
Alex Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen
Producer(s) Ted Templeman
Van Halen singles chronology
"Runnin' with the Devil
"Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love"
"Dance the Night Away"

"Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" is a song by Van Halen, from their 1978 eponymous debut album.

When Eddie Van Halen originally wrote the song a year before the album was released, he did not consider it good enough to show his bandmates.[citation needed]

This song is also one of the few David Lee Roth-era songs that onetime replacement Sammy Hagar was willing to sing in concert when he joined the band in the mid-80's.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

This song was the infamous "total dumpout" song for WNEW (broadcasting the metropolitan New York area) when the station used too much vulgarity or anything deemed obscene by the company. After too many "dumps" by a show, this song would start in order to give the master computer time to rebuild dump time on the radio station. The song would kick in when any show dumped out too much. Many times the theory to how much dump time were in the computer were challenged many a nights by the "Opie and Anthony" or "Ron and Fez" show between June 1998 and January 2003.

The song has also been played for many years at Gillette Stadium whenever the New England Patriots are able to force an interception or recover a fumble.

The song has also been featured in a South Park episode, Ginger Cow. [2]

The song can be heard in the background during a scene taking place in a pizza parlour in The Sopranos episode Fortunate Son

Notable cover versions[edit]

  • In 1984, A shortened, chorus-free version of the song appears on the Minutemen album, "Double Nickels on the Dime".
  • In 2002, on Tim Hecker's album, My Love Is Rotten to the Core the first track, "Introducing Carl Cocks" is a digitally splayed manipulation mainly based on the main guitar riff.
  • In 2007, Die Hunns covered the song on their album Live Fast'.
  • In 2008, The German band Jazzkantine recorded a jazz version of the song for their album Hell's Kitchen.
  • In 2010, Polish female singer Doda uploaded her cover on YouTube and performed it live on the New Year's Eve 2010/11 concert in Warsaw. In May 2011 she released her second studio album, 7 pokus głównych (The 7 Temptations), where dance-pop cover of "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" written and produced by 5th Element was included as a bonus song.


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