Love Rears Its Ugly Head

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"Love Rears Its Ugly Head"
Living Colour Love Rears Its Ugly Head.jpg
Single by Living Colour
from the album Time's Up
FormatCD, Vinyl
Recorded1989 - 1990
Songwriter(s)Vernon Reid
Producer(s)Ed Stasium
Living Colour singles chronology
"Love Rears Its Ugly Head"
"Solace of You"

"Love Rears Its Ugly Head" is a single released by Living Colour in 1990 from their second album Time's Up.

It is in the style of most of the group's previous singles, a rock song with touches of R&B, especially in the vocals. It is most noted for its funk-style guitar parts that permeate throughout the entire song. It takes a sample from the song Lush Life by Nat King Cole. The music video features Cynthia Bailey of The Real Housewives of Atlanta Fame.

Although the song did not reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it peaked at #8 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States and, in a heavily remixed form with re-recorded vocals and less of a rock influence, was the band's biggest hit single in the UK, peaking at #12 on the UK Singles Chart.

An unrelated song with the same title was released by Tim Christensen on his 2008 album Superior. According to Christensen: "While I sat with an acoustic guitar and was looking for lyrics to a song hook, I got to sing it. When I had to write "real" lyrics to the song, I could not find anything that could beat it. So I borrowed the title "Love Rears Its Ugly Head" but I had forgotten it was also the title of one of Living Colours' biggest hits."[1]


Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock 8 [2]
Australian Album Chart 10 [3]
UK Singles 12 [4]
Dutch Top 40 16 [5]
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock 28 [6]


  1. ^ Gonzalez, Michael Jose (25 November 2011). Tim Christensen: Jeg har lånt fra Pantera (I have borrowed from Pantera). GAFFA. (in Danish)
  2. ^, single charts for Living Colour
  3. ^ [1], Australia charts for Living Colour
  4. ^ [2], an archive containing all UK charting singles
  5. ^ [3], Dutch charts for Living Colour
  6. ^ single charts for Living Colour

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