Life, Love & Pain

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Life, Love & Pain
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 6, 1986
StudioMoon Studio, Sacramento, California
LabelWarner Bros. Records
ProducerJay King
Denzil Foster
Thomas McElroy
Club Nouveau chronology
Life, Love & Pain
Listen to the Message
Singles from Life, Love & Pain
  1. "Lean on Me"
    Released: February 1987
    March 20, 1987
  2. "Why You Treat Me So Bad"
    Released: July 20, 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauB–[2]

Life, Love & Pain is the debut album by R&B group Club Nouveau. It was released in late 1986 with production by Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy and Jay King. The album reached number one on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart and number six on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. Led by the hit single, a cover of the Bill Withers classic "Lean on Me", which went to number one on both Hot 100 and Dance charts and number two on the R&B chart, this was the only album that Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy would contribute to, as the duo left the group to form its own production team and focus on working with other acts, notably En Vogue and Tony! Toni! Toné!. Twelve-inch singles from the album were handled by then-WB subsidiary Tommy Boy Records.

Track listing[]

  1. "Jealousy" (Alex Hill, Denzil Foster, Jay King, Marcus Thompson, Michael Marshall, Thomas McElroy) — 4:46
  2. "Why You Treat Me So Bad" (Denzil Foster, Jay King, Thomas McElroy) — 5:07
  3. "Lean on Me" (Bill Withers) — 5:56
  4. "Promises, Promises" (Denzil Foster, Jay King, Thomas McElroy) — 5:25
  5. "Situation #9" (Denzil Foster, Jay King, Thomas McElroy) — 4:51
  6. "Heavy on My Mind" (Denzil Foster, Jay King, Thomas McElroy) — 4:43
  7. "Let Me Go" (Denzil Foster, Jay King, Thomas McElroy) — 4:23
  8. "Lean on Me (Pump It Up) Reprise" (Denzil Foster, Jay King, Thomas McElroy) — 2:17


Chart (1986-1987) Peak
Billboard Top LPs[3] 6
Billboard Top Black Albums[3] 2


Year Single Chart positions[4]
Hot 100
1986 "Jealousy" - 8 38
"Situation #9" - 4 -
1987 "Lean on Me" 1 2 1
"Why You Treat Me So Bad" 39 2 22
"Heavy on My Mind" - 42 -



  1. ^ Promis, Jose F.. Club Nouveau: Life, Love & Pain > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 2, 1987). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b "Club Nouveau US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  4. ^ "Club Nouveau US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-29.

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