Love Stinks

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This article is about the J. Geils Band album. For the episode of Bump in the Night, see Love Stinks (Bump in the Night). For the Frasier episode, see Love Stinks (Frasier episode). For the 1999 movie, see Love Stinks (film).
Love Stinks
J. Geils Band - Love Stinks.jpg
Studio album by The J. Geils Band
Released January 28, 1980
Recorded 1979 at Long View Farm,
North Brookfield, Massachusetts
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 37:34
Label EMI
Producer Seth Justman
The J. Geils Band chronology
Best of the J. Geils Band
Love Stinks
Freeze Frame
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C+[1]
Rolling Stone (mixed) link

Love Stinks is the eleventh album by American rock band The J. Geils Band, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music).

The title song, Love Stinks is a rant against unrequited love. It has been covered by industrial metal band Bile, by Andru Branch in the film Love Stinks, Joan Jett in the film Mr. Wrong and Adam Sandler in the movie The Wedding Singer. The song was also featured in the film Opie Gets Laid. In late July 2009, "Love Stinks" was heard in a series of Swiffer commercials.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Wolf and Seth Justman, except where noted

  1. "Just Can't Wait" – 3:24
  2. "Come Back" – 5:11
  3. "Takin' You Down" – 4:05
  4. "Night Time" (Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer) – 4:31
  5. "No Anchovies, Please" – 2:41
  6. "Love Stinks" – 3:44
  7. "Tryin' Not to Think About It" – 6:22
  8. "Desire (Please Don't Turn Away)" – 3:35
  9. "Till the Walls Come Tumblin' Down" – 4:01



  • Producer: Seth Justman
  • Engineer: David Thoener
  • Mixing: David Thoener
  • Mastering: Joe Brescio
  • Studio assistant: Jesse Henderson
  • Arranger: Seth Justman
  • Art direction: Carin Goldberg
  • Design: Carin Goldberg, Mark Handel
  • Photography: Cadence Industries Corp.


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 18

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Come Back" Club Play Singles 69
1980 "Come Back Pop Singles 32
1980 "Just Can't Wait" Pop Singles 78
1980 "Love Stinks" Pop Singles 38


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Love Stinks". Robert Christgau.