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Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (1978) - Van Halen - All About the Song ...

Even today, many decades later, this composition continues to sound as fresh as it did when it first saw the light of day.....

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (Van Halen): Song Story + Mixed Up Everything version

"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" is a legendary composition from the debut album of Van Halen. The song became literally the band's calling card, but at first it did not inspire much confidence in Eddie Van Halen... The musician considered the melody too banal, and for a long time he did not dare to show his creation to the rest of the band members....

However, as time shows, all the excitement was in vain! "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" became one of Van Halen's most popular songs, remaining on the band's live set list throughout the long years of their existence....

Single cover
Single cover

The track has not lost its relevance even today, but on the contrary - it won the title of "golden classic". And the gorgeous cover by Mixed Up Everything is the best proof of that!

Cool acoustic cover

Mixed Up Everything
Mixed Up Everything

Mixed Up Everything is a young Australian rock band consisting of four brothers! Many people know the band thanks to their YouTube channel, where they publish their music videos... So, among their masterpieces was a gorgeous acoustic version of Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"! In just a few days the clip collected almost 100 000 views and a lot of approvals from users... Well, - this victory is absolutely deserved, because the guys gave their best 100%!

It's worth adding that the brothers' performances have caught the attention of rock maestros such as Foo Fighters and The Offspring. In 2017, Mixed Up Everything released their debut album Ex Nihilo, and in 2018 they went on their first European tour! It seems unbelievable, but since 2014 the guys have been earning up to $300 a day playing the streets of Australia and Europe!

How did Eddie Van Halen write "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love"?

Now it's time to talk about the story behind the creation of this beautiful song.....

Even today, after many decades, this composition continues to sound as fresh as it did when it first saw the light of day... And that was in October 1978.

"The original intention was that Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love would be a parody of punk rock... Just two chords - I thought it was very silly! But the final version of the song didn't sound like punk at all... It was something very sincere and nice..." said Eddie in an interview. - Eddie Van Halen said in an interview.

"And then I doubled the solo section with an electric sitar. And guess what? I would never have guessed it was an electric sitar myself! It sounded more like a humming guitar! It's really weird..."

According to the author himself, "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" was written in just one day, in the basement of David Lee Roth's parents' house! By the way: the singer's house was often used as a rehearsal space....

Van Halen
Van Halen

As for Eddie, he called the song the "lamest" song he'd ever written... It took him about six months to work up the courage to show it to the rest of the band.

Few people know, but "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" and "Loss of Control" were written to mock the nascent punk scene... Van Halen were not punk rockers, but they shared with the latter a desire for immediacy and short, punchy melodies... Eddie's band disliked the over-elaboration of the twisted epics born of the '70s prog-rock era....

Interesting facts about the song...

American rock supergroup Velvet Revolver performed "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" in 2007, at Van Halen's induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1990, punk band One Life Crew sampled the riff from "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" for their song without permission. Van Halen subsequently sued for $300,000 for copyright infringement!

"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" turned out to be one of the first songs that Billie Joe Armstrong - lead singer and guitarist for the punk rock band Green Day - learned to play.

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