Van Halen released Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love in 1978. It has since been covered often, for instance by Minutemen in 1984, by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones in 1991 and more recently by Die Hunns in 2006. Surely the oddest one out cover is the version by Jazzkantine from 2008.

Apart from that the song has been sampled usually for the opening guitar lick by Eddie van Halen. The 2 Live Crew used it in their unimaginatively titled Fuck Shop from 1989. Scatterbrain jammed it somewhere in 1990 Down with the Ship song (which features tons of famous guitar songs). The most famous sample usage however is by English dance formation¬† Apollo 440 in their 1997 track Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub. Apollo 440 uses another iconic sample in the song. The opening “Let’s go back to the rock and see it in 440” is from the 1971 film (The Andromeda Strain (IMDb) and fits quite well in the clash of a rock song redone by Apollo 440.

And since I love the Apollo 440 much more, here’s Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub:

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