Love Pains

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"Love Pains"
Single by Yvonne Elliman
from the album Yvonne
B-side "Rock Me Slowly"
Released 1979
Format 7" vinyl, 12" 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"
(1978)
"Love Pains"
(1979)
"Give It To Me All Night Long"
(1982)

"Love Pains" is a dance song written by Michael Price, Dan Walsh and Steve Barri. It was originally recorded by Yvonne Elliman in 1979. Liza Minnelli covered it and had a hit in 1990 with her version. There have also been many other cover versions of this song.

Yvonne Elliman version[edit]

Background[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 performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
position
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 Dance-pop, Euro disco
Length 4:10
Label Epic - ZEE 4
Writer(s) Price, Walsh, Barri
Producer(s)

Pet Shop Boys, Julian Mendelsohn

Music video
"Love Pains" (live) on YouTube
Liza Minnelli singles chronology
"So Sorry, I Said"
(1990)
"Love Pains"
(1990)
"The Day After That"
(1993)

Background[edit]

"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 performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
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

Track listings[edit]

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"
(1988)
"Love Pains"
(1989)
"Better Off Without You"
(1991)

Background[edit]

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

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
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)

Viola Wills version[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

Background[edit]

American singer Viola Wills released her own house cover version of the song in 1989 on Music Man Records. She had a hit with it in Belgium where her version peaked at number 27 on the pop charts.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Belgium Singles Chart 27

Track listings[edit]

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

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

Other versions[edit]

  • 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."[13]
  • "Love Pains" has also been recorded by Kelly Marie and - rendered in Dutch as "Vrij Zijn" - by Petra.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Top 40 Hits (1979) at cyList". Cylist.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 88. 
  3. ^ "Moby Dick Records Remembrance". Mobydickrecords.net. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Yvonne Elliman : Love Pains [Special DJ Edited Version] (Moby 12")". Discomusic.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Liza Minnelli - Germany - Singles - "Love Pains". Bundesverband Musikindustrie (in German). Media Control Charts. charts.de. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Liza Minnelli - Italy - Singles - "Love Pains". Federation of the Italian Music Industry (in Italian). FIMI. hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  7. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Love Pains by Liza Minnelli Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Liza Minnelli - US - Singles - "Love Pains". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  9. ^ "Hazell Dean - Love Pains (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Hazell Dean - Love Pains (CD)". Discogs.com. 1989-08-14. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  11. ^ http://hitparade.ch/song/Viola-Wills/Love-Pains-860138
  12. ^ "Viola Wills - Love Pains (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  13. ^ "Obsession - On A Day Like Today (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-04-23.