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No More 'I Love You's

"No More 'I Love You's"
The Lover Speaks No More I Love Yous single cover.jpg
Single by The Lover Speaks
from the album The Lover Speaks
B-side
  • "This Can't Go On!"
  • "Of Tears"
Released July 1986[1]

March 1988 (re-issue)[2]
Format 7" single, 12" single
Length 4:04
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) David Freeman, Joseph Hughes
Producer(s) Jimmy Iovine, The Lover Speaks
The Lover Speaks singles chronology
"No More 'I Love You's"

(1986)
"Every Lover's Sign"

(1986)

"No More 'I Love You's" is a song written by David Freeman and Joseph Hughes and originally recorded by them as The Lover Speaks. It was released in 1986 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album.[3] The song was later covered by the Scottish singer Annie Lennox and became a hit for her in 1995.

The Lover Speaks version [ edit ]

"No More 'I Love You's" was the debut single for The Lover Speaks. After signing to A&M Records in early 1986, the band soon began recording their debut album with Jimmy Iovine as co-producer. In July, "No More 'I Love You's" was released as the first single from the album and reached No. 58 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the duo's only UK chart entry because the album and successive singles failed to chart.[4] In March 1988, the song was re-released as a single, but again failed to chart.[2]

Background [ edit ]

"No More 'I Love You's" had been the first song written by Freeman and Hughes as The Lover Speaks. It was demoed on a portastudio during a rehearsal studio session, featuring Robert Farrell (guitar), Barry Gilbert (keyboards) and Pete King (drums). It was then demoed again with the same line-up at Pathway Studios. Hughes' ex-girlfriend and singer June Miles-Kingston provided backing vocals. This demo was used as a guide when recording the studio version for their debut album. The recording of the song with Iovine used backing vocals from Freeman (sped-up to increase the pitch), Miles-Kingston and Alex Brown.[5]

As with each track on The Lover Speaks album, "No More 'I Love You's" is a reference to a concept in Roland Barthes' book A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (Fragments d'un discours amoureux). In the liner notes of the 2015 re-issue of the album, Freeman revealed of the track's lyrics: "Lyrically, when you say to someone "I love you", it could be to your kids, your lover, your parents, usually, you hear, 'I love you, too'. And then one day you say, 'I love you', and there's silence because that person has reached the 'no more "I love you's" stage'. They cannot say 'I love you, too'. It's as simple as that. All I did lyrically, I think, was put it in Gothic terms."[5]

Music video [ edit ]

A music video was filmed to promote the single. In America, it received active rotation on MTV.[6]

Release [ edit ]

"No More 'I Love You's" was released on 7" and 12" vinyl by A&M in the UK, Germany, France, Australia, America and Canada.[7] The B-side, "This Can't Go On!", was taken from The Lover Speaks album. The 12" version of the single included the additional B-side, "Of Tears", also from the album.[8]

In 1988, A&M re-issued the single in the UK on 7", 12" and CD. On the 7" release, "Tremble Dancing" was the B-side. The 12" and CD formats included an extended version of "Tremble Dancing", along with "Every Lover's Sign" and "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten".[9][10]

Critical reception [ edit ]

Upon release, Billboard listed the song under "New and Noteworthy" in their "Singles" section. They said: "A dreamy, eerie, British beat ballad that carries rock overstatement to splendid heights and misses no Spectorian trick; towering walls of sound."[11] Cash Box listed the single as one of their "feature picks" during August 1986. They commented: "This captivating debut has a good shot at CHR with its hooky female refrain and powerful lead vocal."[12] In August 1986, the song was voted best new song of the week ("Screamers of the Week") by listeners of WLIR 92.7 FM.[13]

In a contemporary review of the album, Terry Atkinson of Los Angeles Times said: "Though its ultra-romantic, stylishly emotional approach sometimes leads to Tears for Fears/Wham! mush, this new English duo bows with a frequently intriguing album. Unusual arrangements interweave a male voice with Freeman's female-like background vocals, enhancing the best tracks here - big-boom ballads "No More 'I Love You's", "Still Faking This Art of Love", "Every Lover's Sign" and the impressionistic "Of Tears.""[14]

Upon the song's re-issue as a single in 1988, Smash Hits selected it as their "single of the fortnight" during April 1988. Reviewer Tom Doyle said: "This is a classic "waxing" and no mistake. It originally flopped without dignity, but at least the Lover Speaks have the rather good sense to realise this record deserves to be top five and that nothing less will do. You're sure to recognise it, and whimper and blub at the tale of lurve gone mouldy which unfolds."[15]

In a retrospective review of the album, Michael Sutton of AllMusic commented: "The soaring, heartbreaking chorus of "No More I Love You's" must've mesmerized Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics; she covered it in the early '90s. The original version by the Lover Speaks is a stunner - stylishly crafted, soulful pop elevated by Freeman's booming voice. Like "No More 'I Love You's", "Absent One", and "Love Is: 'I Gave You Everything'" surge with bruised emotions. But the pain in Freeman's voice is exhilarating, not depressing, to listen to; sad and bitter words pour beautifully from his mouth."[16] Imran Khan of PopMatters said: "The original version is worlds away from Lennox's cover, opting for a far more baroque and windswept drama of romance and pop—an apt description of exactly what the Lover Speaks was all about."[17]

Track listing [ edit ]

1986 release [ edit ]

7" single
  1. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:04
  2. "This Can't Go On!" – 3:49
7" single (US promo)
  1. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:04
  2. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:04
12" single
  1. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:04
  2. "Of Tears" – 3:37
  3. "This Can't Go On!" – 3:49
12" single (US promo)
  1. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:04
  2. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:04

1988 release [ edit ]

7" single
  1. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:04
  2. "Tremble Dancing" – 4:16
12" single
  1. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:04
  2. "Tremble Dancing (Extended)" – 5:17
  3. "Every Lover's Sign" – 4:38
  4. "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" – 4:50
CD single
  1. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:04
  2. "Tremble Dancing (Extended)" – 5:17
  3. "Every Lover's Sign" – 4:38
  4. "I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten" – 4:50

Charts [ edit ]

Chart (1986) Peak

position
UK Singles Chart[4] 58
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles[18] 88

Annie Lennox version [ edit ]

"No More 'I Love You's"
AnnieLennoxNoMoreILoveYousCDSingleCover.jpg
Single by Annie Lennox
from the album Medusa
B-side "Ladies of the Canyon"
Released 6 February 1995 (1995-02-06)
Format
Recorded January 1994
Genre Pop
Length 4:50
Label Arista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"Little Bird" / "Love Song for a Vampire"

(1993)
"No More 'I Love You's"

(1995)
"A Whiter Shade of Pale"

(1995)
Music video
"No More 'I Love You's" on YouTube

"No More 'I Love You's" was the first single released by Annie Lennox from her second studio album, Medusa. The song features slightly altered lyrics from the original version and added background vocals that can be heard around the 2:50 mark of the song. Her version was also featured in the very first episode of The Sopranos and in the ninth episode of Hindsight.

Lennox's version was a commercial success, topping the singles charts of Canada, Italy and Spain, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart, and becoming a top-twenty hit in at least 10 other countries. In the United States, the song reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked atop the Dance Club Songs chart. In 1996, the song won Lennox the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 38th Grammy Awards,[19] the first to be awarded to a British artist.

Background [ edit ]

In a 1995 article she wrote for The Independent, Lennox revealed why she chose to record her own version of the song:

"The Lover Speaks was a group formed by a man called David Freeman. When the song was released it made a mild murmur in the charts, but I don't think it ever really became a hit. There are quite a few songs floating around which should have touched the consciousness of the nation - they should have made their mark, and this is one of them. I thought, well, I might be sticking my neck out to do this, but I really wanted to give it another chance because it's a magnificent song. The lyrics are extraordinary, poetic and abstract - the perfect sort of vehicle for me."[20]

David Freeman said in 2015: "When Annie Lennox covered 'No More "I Love You's"', she nailed it! She has the ability to be camp and soulful. We were very lucky that she recorded our song."[5]

Critical reception [ edit ]

Music & Media wrote about the song: "It's that contrast between the superbly sophisticated cover of the Lover Speaks' 1986 soul hit and the weird intermezzo of talking and hysterical laughing that makes it so irresistible. At the playlist meeting of Metro Radio Group/Newcastle it grew on the attendants after a few spins. Recalls head of music Liz Elliott, "Because she mostly only cuts original material, at first nobody realised it was a cover. Then we all admitted how cleverly she has adjusted the song to her own style."[21]

Chart performance [ edit ]

The song became the highest-charting solo single for Lennox in the United Kingdom, entering and peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks. It spent a total of 12 weeks on the UK chart. The track also became a top 25 hit in the United States, peaking at number 23. With it, Lennox won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, beating Mariah Carey, Vanessa L. Williams, Dionne Farris, and Bonnie Raitt. The song topped Canada's RPM Top Singles chart, Italy's Hit Parade chart, and Spain's AFYVE chart; on the Canadian chart, the song was Lennox's second number-one hit, following "Walking on Broken Glass" in 1992.

Samples [ edit ]

Lennox's version of "No More 'I Love You's" has been sampled three times. It was first sampled for the Nicki Minaj song "Your Love" on her 2010 single. The song was originally recorded two years before but never intended to be put out for release until it was leaked in January 2010. After becoming a hit, it was slightly rewritten and re-recorded and this revised version was released in June 2010. Prior to the official release of Minaj's song, the cover was sampled in 2009 by Jason Derulo and Auburn in their song "How Did We". It was then sampled by J.R. Rotem for singer Razah's 2010 single called "I Remember", using the same instrumental beat used for "How Did We".

Music video [ edit ]

Lennox co-directed the music video with Joe Dyer. It featured Lennox dancing with travesty ballerinos in homage to Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The video also features actor Jake Canuso. It was nominated for a MTV award for Best Female Video.

Track listings [ edit ]

7" single

  1. "No More 'I Love You's"
  2. "Ladies of the Canyon"

CD 1

  1. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:50
  2. "Ladies of the Canyon" – 3:40
  3. "Love Song for a Vampire" – 4:17

CD 2

  1. "No More 'I Love You's" – 4:51
  2. "Why" (Unplugged version) – 4:59
  3. "Cold" (Unplugged version) – 4:57
  4. "Walking on Broken Glass" (Unplugged version) – 3:59

Tracks 2, 3, 4 taken from a live acoustic session for MTV Unplugged in July 1992.

"Whiter Shade of Pale"/"No More 'I Love You's"

  1. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" — 4:49
  2. "No More 'I Love You's" (Radio edit) — 4:28
  3. "No More 'I Love You's" (Junior's club mix) — 7:34
  4. "No More 'I Love You's" (Soundfactory mix) — 11:40
  5. "No More 'I Love You's" (Tribal mix) — 8:18

* Medley of "No More 'I Love You's", "Take Me to the River", and "Downtown Lights".

Charts [ edit ]

Certifications and sales [ edit ]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versions [ edit ]

  • David Freeman would record his own solo version of the song after the breakup of The Lover Speaks. It was released on his fifth studio album Apart & Together (1996).[54]
  • Yvette Fielding covered the song on the celebrity version of Stars in Their Eyes in 2005, notably choking on confetti towards the end of the performance.[55][56]
  • Maria Pia De Vito covered the song for her 2009 album, Mind the Gap, but recites the alternate lyrics featured in the Annie Lennox version.
  • Mexican experimental rock musician Juan Son covered the song in 2009 for the mariachi-covers compilation Mariachi Rock-O. The version features Mariachi Tecalitlán, a Mariachi band from Guadalajara.
  • The song was covered by Welsh singer Rhydian for the album Waves (2011). This version shares elements from both the original and the Annie Lennox version.

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