Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love
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"Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" is a song by Van Halen, from their 1978 eponymous
debut album. "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love"
Single by Van Halen
When Eddie Van Halen originally wrote the song a year before the album was
released, he did not consider it good enough to show his from the album Van Halen
bandmates. B-side "Feel Your Love Tonight"
This song is also one of the few David Lee Roth-era songs that onetime Released 1978
replacement Sammy Hagar was willing to sing in concert when he joined the Recorded 1977
band in the mid-80's.  Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
In popular culture
Label Warner Bros.
This song was the infamous "total dumpout" song for WNEW (Broadcast the Writer(s) Eddie Van Halen
metropolitan New York area) when the station used too much vulgarity or David Lee Roth
anything deemed obscene by the company. After too many "dumps" by a show, Producer Ted Templeman
this song would start in order to give the master computer time to rebuild dump
Van Halen singles chronology
time on the radio station. The song would kick in when any show dumped out too
much. Many times the theory to how much dump time were in the computer were "Runnin' with "Ain't Talkin' "Dance the
the Devil 'bout Love" Night Away"
challenged many a nights by the "Opie and Anthony" or "Ron and Fez" show
(1978) (1978) (1979)
between June 1998 and January 2003.
The song has also been played for many years at Gillette Stadium whenever the New England Patriots are able to force an
interception or recover a fumble.
Notable cover versions
On Tim Hecker's album, My Love Is Rotten to the Core the first track, "Introducing Carl Cocks" is a digitally splayed
manipulation mainly based on the main guitar riff.
This song has also been covered by other artists such as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Minutemen (who play a
chorus-free version of the song).
Rappers Tone Loc and 2 Live Crew also sampled the main riff.
British dance act Apollo 440 sampled it as well, with their 1997 single "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Dub."
Velvet Revolver played the song when inducting Van Halen in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Die Hunns covered the song on their album Live Fast'.
Paul Di'Anno covered the song on the album '80s Metal Tribute to Van Halen
The Moog Cookbook covered the song on their album Ye Olde Space Bande.
The German band Jazzkantine recorded a jazz version of the song for their 2008 album Hell's Kitchen.
The Drive-By Truckers often cover the song in concert.
Billie Joe Armstrong of the punk rock band Green Day plays the opening lick at some of their shows.
Pearl Jam covered the song for the first time at their May 15, 2010 show at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
Polish female singer Doda uploaded her cover on YouTube and performed it live on the New Year's Eve 2010/11 concert
in Warsaw. In May 2011 she released her second studio album, 7 pokus głównych (The 7 Temptations), where dance-pop
cover of "Ain' Talkin' 'bout Love" written and produced by 5th Element was included as a bonus song.
All Music entry
V · T· E· Van Halen singles discography
Van Halen "You Really Got Me" · "Runnin' with the Devil" · "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" ·
Van Halen II "Dance the Night Away" · "Beautiful Girls" ·
Women and Children First "And the Cradle Will Rock..." ·
Fair Warning "So This Is Love?" · "Unchained" ·
Diver Down "(Oh) Pretty Woman" · "Dancing in the Street" · "Where Have All the Good Times Gone!" ·
1984 "Jump" · "I'll Wait" · "Panama" · "Hot for Teacher" ·
5150 "Why Can't This Be Love" · "Dreams" · "Love Walks In" ·
OU812 "When It's Love" · "Black and Blue" · "Finish What Ya Started" ·
For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge "Poundcake" · "Runaround" · "Top of the World" · "Right Now" ·
Live: Right Here, Right Now "Jump" (live) · "Won't Get Fooled Again" (live) ·
"The Seventh Seal" · "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)" · "Can't Stop Lovin' You" · "Not Enough" ·
Twister soundtrack "Humans Being" ·
Best of Volume I "Me Wise Magic" · "Can't Get This Stuff No More" ·
Van Halen III "Without You" · "Fire in the Hole ·
The Best of Both Worlds "It's About Time" "Up For Breakfast" ·
A Different Kind of Truth "Tattoo" · "She's the Woman" · "Stay Frosty" ·
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