Ain't Love Grand!

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Ain't Love Grand
Studio album by X
Released July 1985
Recorded 1985
Studio Amigo Studios, North Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, punk rock
Length 42:11
Label Elektra
Producer Michael Wagener
X chronology
More Fun in the New World
(1983)More Fun in the New World1983
Ain't Love Grand!
See How We Are
(1987)See How We Are1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]
Rolling Stone favorable [3]

Ain't Love Grand is the fifth album by X. This album was their first not produced by Ray Manzarek. It was reissued with four bonus tracks by Rhino Records in 2002. Continuing with their fusion of punk, rockabilly and country, the album is less punk rock-sounding than their previous work, and includes the minor radio hit "Burning House of Love". The video for the song mostly received just late night airplay on MTV, but the band also performed the song on American Bandstand in September 1985, their largest television exposure to date.[4][5] The album also includes a cover of the Small Faces song "All or Nothing". Lead guitarist Billy Zoom left the band after this album. (He would return to the group in 1998 during a tour.)

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Doe and Exene Cervenka, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Burning House of Love" 3:54
2. "Love Shack" 3:06
3. "My Soul Cries Your Name" 3:37
4. "My Goodness" 4:40
5. "Around My Heart" 4:43
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What's Wrong with Me"   3:43
2. "All or Nothing" 3:08
3. "Watch the Sun Go Down"   3:50
4. "I'll Stand Up for You"   4:00
5. "Little Honey" 3:43
6. "Supercharged"   3:47
Total length: 42:11
  • "All or Nothing" is listed as a bonus track on the 2002 reissue





Year Chart Position
1985 The Billboard 200 89


Year Single Chart Position
1985 "Burning House of Love" Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 27


  1. ^ Ain't Love Grand! at AllMusic
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Woodhead, Adam. "X, LA’s kings of punk-noir-Americana, play two back-to-back shows". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "X on "American Bandstand", Sept. 7, 1985". Youtube. Retrieved 31 October 2016.