Love Pains

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"Love Pains"
Single by Yvonne Elliman
from the album Yvonne
B-side "Rock Me Slowly"
Released 1979
Format 12" vinyl, 7" vinyl
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco
Label RSO Records
Writer(s) Michael Price, Dan Walsh, Steve Barri
Producer(s) Steve Barri
Yvonne Elliman singles chronology
"Moment By Moment"
"Love Pains"
"Give It To Me All Night Long"

"Love Pains" is a dance song written by Michael Price, Dan Walsh and Steve Barri and originally recorded by Yvonne Elliman in 1979.

Yvonne Elliman version[edit]

"Love Pains" was a hit for Elliman in 1979, reaching #34 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart[1] as well as #75 on Hot Dance Club Play,[2] and #33 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Love Pains" would be Elliman's final chart single, Elliman's extended hiatus from the music business commencing soon after the release of the track's parent album Yvonne which was the last release of newly recorded music by Elliman until her 2004 EP Simple Needs.

In 1982, Moby Dick Records were in the process of re-releasing remixes of previous hits for their Gold Standard label when Rob Kimbel presented them with a remix of "Love Pains." The remix was released as a single and sales for the Moby Dick 12" single surpassed sales of the original record.[3]

Track listings[edit]

12" Vinyl, US 1979 US (RPO 1019)

  1. Love Pains (5:45)
  2. Love Pains (5:45)

12" Moby Dick Records 1982 US (MDR 1201)[4]

  1. Love Pains (Special DJ Edited Version 7:56)
  2. Love Pains (5:45)


Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 75
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 34
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 33

Liza Minnelli version[edit]

"Love Pains"
Single by Liza Minnelli
from the album Results
B-side "Rent"
Released April 1990
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1988-89
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:10
Label Epic - ZEE 4
Writer(s) Price, Walsh, Barri

Pet Shop Boys, Julian Mendelsohn

Music video
"Love Pains" (live) on YouTube
Liza Minnelli singles chronology
"So Sorry, I Said"
"Love Pains"
"The Day After That"

"Love Pains" is the fourth and final single from Liza Minnelli's Results album. It was released in the UK in April 1990 by Epic Records. The track was produced by the Pet Shop Boys and Julian Mendelsohn.

The single's b-side is Liza's take on the Pet Shop Boys single "Rent", which also features on Results.

Steve "Silk" Hurley was commissioned to create several mixes for "Love Pains" which are spread across the single's various formats.

The single almost reached the top 40, stalling at number 41. This was 21 places higher than the last single, "So Sorry, I Said".


Chart (1990) Peak
German Singles Chart[5] 31
Italian Singles Chart[6] 36
UK Singles Chart[7] 41
U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[8] 40


7": Epic / ZEE 4 (UK)

  1. "Love Pains" (hurley's radio edit) - 3:54
  2. "Love Pains" - 4:10
    • also available on MC (ZEE M4)

12": Epic / ZEE T4 (UK)

  1. "Love Pains" (hurley's mix) - 5:34
  2. "Love Pains" (deep dub) - 4:40
  3. "Rent" - 3:54

12": Epic / ZEE QT4 (UK)

  1. "Love Pains" (deep house pains) - 5:04
  2. "Love Pains" (hurley's radio edit) - 3:54
  3. "Rent" - 3:54
  • ltd ed gatefold

12": Epic / 49-73166 (US)

  1. "Love Pains" (hurley's mix) - 5:34
  2. "Love Pains" (hurley's radio edit) - 3:54
  3. "Love Pains" (hurley's instrumental) - 4:08
  4. "Love Pains" (deep house pains) - 5:04
  5. "Love Pains" (deep dub) - 4:40

12": Epic / 655593-6 (Germany)

  1. "Love Pains" - 4:10
  2. "Rent" - 3:54
  3. "Losing My Mind" (ultimix dub) - 5:07

CD: Epic / ZEE C4 (UK)

  1. "Love Pains" - 4:10
  2. "Love Pains" (hurley's mix) - 5:34
  3. "Rent" - 3:54

Hazell Dean version[edit]

"Love Pains"
Single by Hazell Dean
B-side "More Than Words Can Say"
Released 1989
Format Vinyl 12", CD, Maxi-Single
Recorded 1989
Genre Hi-NRG
Label PWL Records
Writer(s) Price, Walsh, Barri
Producer(s) Phil Harding & Ian Curnow
Hazell Dean singles chronology
"Turn It Into Love"
"Love Pains"
"Better Off Without You"

Phil Harding & Ian Curnow produced a version of "Love Pains" for PWL artist Hazell Dean, who took the track to number 48 on the UK charts in August 1989.


Chart (1989) Peak
UK Singles Chart 48

Track listings[edit]

Vinyl, 12" 1989 DE (PWLT 44)[9]

  1. Love Pains (7:55)
  2. More Than Words Can Say (4:30)

CD Maxi-Single, 1989 UK (DOLE D12)[10]

  1. Love Pains (7" Version) (4:05)
  2. Love Pains (Long Version) (7:55)
  3. More Than Words Can Say (4:30)

Other versions[edit]

"Love Pains"
Single by Viola Wills
Released 1989
Format 12" vinyl
Genre House, Deep House
Label Music Man Records
Writer(s) Price, Walsh, Barri

Viola Wills released her own house version of the song in 1989.

Almighty Records created a version of "Love Pains" for use on the UK TV series Queer as Folk. The track, credited to an artist called Obsession, was included on the Gold-selling soundtrack released in March 1999. The song was also used as a B-side to Obsession's 1999 single "On A Day Like Today."[11]

"Love Pains" has also been recorded by Kelly Marie and - rendered in Dutch as "Vrij Zijn" - by Petra.

Track listings (Viola Wills)[edit]

Vinyl, 7" BE (MMI 8927 )[12]

  1. Love Pains (4:12)
  2. Love Pains (Instrumental) (4:12)