“Your Love” is a song by the English rock band the Outfield, taken from their debut album Play Deep (1985). The song was penned by the band’s guitarist John Spinks.
Despite the band being from London, the song was not a major hit in the UK but was in the United States, where it reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Mainstream Rock chart in 1986.
“Your Love” became a major hit nearly solely in the United States, where it became a song of the summer. It was first released as the second single from Play Deep in November 1985. It was first pushed to album-oriented rock (AOR) radio, to maintain the momentum generated by the album’s lead single, “Say It Isn’t So”. After entering the top ten of Billboard‘s Top Rock Tracks chart (which measured the playlists of AOR stations across the U.S.), Columbia began expanding the song to top 40 radio in February 1986. It then peaked at number seven on the Top Rock Tracks chart during the week of March 1. The song entered the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1986, peaking at number six during the week of May 10. Overall, it spent 22 weeks on the Hot 100.
Rolling Stone contributor Jimmy Guterman wrote that the track “seems to advocate philandering,” and that “the repulsive misogyny contaminates the whole song.” Dennis Hunt from the Los Angeles Times criticizes the whole of Play Deep as “thoroughly derivative music,” he praises the song’s “lovely melodic line that’s engagingly performed by vocalist Tony Lewis, who has obviously been listening to Journey’s Steve Perry.”
The song’s music video was directed by Jon Jopson. The concept for the clip is the Outfield filming a music video for the song and prominently features a painting motif. They perform in front of a backdrop of the Play Deep album cover, which is also being finger-painted offstage by an artist, played by actress JoAnn Willette. Her character and lead vocalist Tony Lewis appear flirtatious throughout the clip. Willette was interviewed about her role on the blog Noblemania in 2013 and gave details about the making of the clip. It was shot in Astoria on a soundstage over one day; at the end of the video, Willette can be seen exiting the studio at dawn, the time the production wrapped. The video is mainly footage of the group playing the song, highlighting their unity as a performing band: “We didn’t want a situation where they had to be actors or something that wasn’t what they are,” said the band’s manager, Kip Krones, at the time.
The video was first added to MTV’s schedule during the week of 19 February 1986 and began attracting major rotation. It peaked at number two on MTV’s Top 20 Countdown in late April 1986.