Reason #416 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Love Stinks

love stinksThe ‘80’s ate ‘70’s rock bands for breakfast, a synthesizer playing Kraken that toyed with it’s long haired prey before tearing its throat out and tossing the remains on a pile labeled “Yesterday’s News”. That’s a fact, but there were a few that were able to make the leap, managing not only commercial success but also able to retain a majority of their artistic integrity and/or their original modus operandi, at the least. Once such group was the good time boogie band J. Geils Band, starting with Love Stinks which, for those who need a clue, was the one before the huge blockbuster Freeze Frame.

I love Freeze Frame, but this beats it. For one, back when such things mattered, this album cover stood out! Like the beginning of any David Lynch movie, the beautiful 50’s couple on the cover also had a strong undercurrent of menace about it that you just couldn’t put your finger on. The songs were great and started to show signs of adapting to the “new wave”, especially on Just Can’t Wait, the opener. Come Back, Night Time, Till The Walls Come Tumblin’ Down and the title track are all first rate, memorable rockers. Hell, I even love the film noir parody throwaway No Anchovies Please.