Three minutes and forty-four seconds of heavy, heavy blues/pop make up EMI/America 45 RPM #8039, a definite ode to romance gone wrong. Imagine Lou Reed's "Vicious" as performed by his Rock & Roll Animal band on Lou Reed Live at half-speed and you've got the riff, "Louie, Louie" gone hard rock with drums another Bostonian, Billy Squier, would use exactly a year later on his Top 20 hit "The Stroke". You can actually sing "Vicious, you hit me with a flower" over the music. The Peter Wolf here isn't the lustful schoolboy of the Freeze-Frame album from 1981, it's the Mad Magazine episode where they dubbed his ex-wife Faye Runaway. And speaking of Runaways, it's a song that fits Joan Jett well and her Blackhearts went and performed it on the soundtrack to the film Mr. Wrong. The oddity for The J. Geils Band is that it's such a simple riff rocker far removed from the novel integrity of "Give It To Me" or the unbridled exuberance of "Looking For A Love". The refinement of this band from an earthy bunch of blues fanatics to polished rock and roll act made for some fun, but did it lead to their going their separate ways for so many years? Seth Justman's production technique is solid as a rock, and recorded out at the legendary Longview Farm in Western Massachusetts there's a controlled intensity and in the pocket performance. Only edging the lower rungs of the Top 40 in May of 1980 this song and others on the album pointed the group in its new direction which would turn them into a platinum act. Years later it is totally different from what Peter Wolf, Danny Klein and Jay Geils/Magic Dick would put on their solo projects, solid blues and, in Jay's case, some jazz. "Love Stinks" is The Jay Geils Band as rock stars, and during the reunion tour in 1999 they played all this material with finesse and a vengeance. Isolated from their catalog, though, "Love Stinks" is a definite anomaly.