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The Music World is Always Calling
One of the things that people wonder is that “Why are so many people gunning to be music performers?” Personally, there are about over a million ways to answer that question and each and every single one is complicated. Music has always been a highly evolving and endlessly fascinating thing. It haunts you when you’re not there; it keeps you going when you’re down; melody bug you until you bring it to life.
The fact that there is more than one way to bring music to life adds to its majesty and mystery. If you ask different musicians why they’re in the music field and how music makes them feel, you can expect a variety of answers. There’s a high probability that you’ll go through a LOT of people before you get answers that are remotely the same. We’ve been at this for a while and even we haven’t fully figured everything out. All we know is that we’re nowhere near the end of the journey.
Performing is a High like No Other…
Spotlight, tense/bored audience, faulty equipment, bad acoustics, show time! These are just some of the things that you can expect to come across when you’re a performer. It’s a stressful and sometime you can just stand there wondering why you ever got yourself into this whole mess…
Then…the performance starts. The audience which one seemed to cold and distant now start to sway to your tune and your words…to the beats that you provide! It’s truly a high that’s fairly impossible to describe. It is truly something that you need to experience yourself in order to truly understand. We may not be much in terms of being wordsmiths but performing is a truly indescribable feeling. You can feel dizzy yet firmly planted in the moment. You can feel like you’re high above everyone else watching yourself perform yet stay right there reaching out to the audience.
Of course, not everything will go the way you plan it—if it does, you and your band blessed, dude! Even with all the potential failures, the fights, sleepless nights, constant tuning of gear and whatnot, it’s truly something that you’ll want to go through again and again just to get that performance high!
Life is One Messed Up and Wonderful Journey…
As someone who’s been on the road since the 80s, we think that Jizzy can really attest to how severely weird life can be at times. You can believe that you’re in a really good place at one point then find yourself completely ass upwards to the sky. There have been a lot of ups and downs in the course of Jizzy’s career—it’s something that still pretty much amazes us whenever we think about it. We’ve always thought that a life that goes smoothly is not life at all—in fact, the messier it is the better. You don’t’ pick your life lessons from a life with no big waves in it!
We hope that you join us as we discuss Jizzy Pearl’s journey and look forward to future adventures!
Join the conclusion of the birth of the band Love/Hate as told by the very same Jizzy Pearl. Today, we delve into success and its subsequent misadventures.
The Cash Tour
After deciding on the cover, everything seemed to be covered in the color green. The band got a huge merchandizing deal. Skid managed to land a great publishing deal—the zeros on that thing was no joke. Everyone in the band a piece of that and Jizzy got his share to $20,000.
The band went on to start their tour—a real one—not the weird show they did down in Mexico. The band hit the road to promote Blackout and all four of them promptly got wasted by the attention. Jizzy describes how the spent as screwing everything they met, getting some drinks in, and screwing some more. The epitome of the Rockstar lifestyle on the road!
Love/Hate opened up for DIO on their tour and while they were not the sort of sound or band that DIO’s fans were into, it was still a 5,000-seater arena! Jizzy claims that this time on the road with the band helped to mature them all slowly (even with the hedonism in play).
Love/Hate in their touring suddenly found themselves in the midst of an adoring fan base in the UK—to this day a majority of their following is in the UK. Jizzy didn’t quite understand why they were so big there. He even postulated that maybe it was because of their booze lyrics or weird stage show. It could have also been because of their sarcastic take on life. Whichever it was, it worked and continues to work today (which is why Jizzy had a tour here). Everyone wanted a piece of Jizzy, the press, the shows—something that he says that Joey and Jon were not too pleased about.
After their UK tour, the band came back home and went to start on their second album. Something that was met with a lot of struggle since Sony decided to play a more active role in the creation of the album. They outright rejected the first batch of songs that the band sent. While Skid was doing the writing, Joe and Jizzy were responsible for a lot of the quality control regarding the songs.
If they weren’t, a lot of the fan loved songs would have ended up in an entirely different way. The band went to NY to record the second album where a lot of friction occurred. The band finished recording and went back home where the label thought they had “gone soft”. What follows are all but legendary “biting the hand that feeds you” moments that the band will be sort of known for.
The third part of the Love/Hate story as told by Jizzy Pearl’s own words. Come in to see the point where things “turned” for the band.
It was the spring of 1988 and the band seemed like they’ve pretty much gone through everything negative. Bad gigs, bad managers, bad performances, drunkenness—the works! The band was broke but band member Skid never faltered and wrote up a fresh batch of songs which will end up being most of the songs for their album “Blackout”.
Jizzy has primarily attributed much of their initial success to the Whisky “Bozo Jam”. At the time when bands would have to do the legwork and sell their own tickets to secure a spot to play, the Bozo Jam went on a different path. Louis, the amazing manager of Whisky, came up with the bright idea to capitalize on the fact that Monday was a usually slow day for the establishment.
Whisky would grant free entrance, several bands would get to play short sets using the same gear in order to save a lot of time. The band’s first gig wasn’t anything to write home about. It was practically empty but the band did not feel the pressure as it was FREE.
Word started to spread and soon attendance became packed and the band got more gigs. It was around December of that same year when Love/Hate performed before a huge crowd that had record people in attendance. After the show, one Ron Oberman of Columbia introduces himself and compliments Jizzy for his performance.
With the help of Dennis, the magic lawyer, the band brokered a deal and signed a deal with a $100,000 advance for the band. The next stop was of course: CELEBRATION MODE. Jizzy went on to express that this was the time when he felt truly vindicated for all the crap that the band had to live through in the past few years. All the grit and frustration of watching just about every other band get signed on except them.
Jizzy says that Jon wasn’t quite happy with the advance—saying that they deserved more. Jizzy was just too happy and just outright incredulous that Jon would still find a dark cloud behind the bright silver lining. The band jetted off to Hawaii for a grand celebration.
Of course, life has a way of screwing you over. Remember the three-year contract toxic manager? He hears of the band’s success and tries to get in on the proceeds. He sues the band and the band sues him back and they eventually settled out of court.
On to the good stuff! As any band could come to expect from their record label, there will be conflict. The label wanted to try different gimmicks or styles with Love/Hate—particularly when it came to their album cover. As it turns out, it’s Skid who painted a portrait and Jizzy cut out some letters that formed “Love/Hate” and put that on top of the image. That’s how the cover came to be.
To Be Concluded…
Having an opinion is one thing. Getting the opinions of others is even better. Without further ado, let’s talk about the Jizzy Pearl Forum! Ever since the internet came to be (probably when the last of the dinosaurs were dropping dead somewhere), people found it quite entertaining to post their thoughts and opinions online.
If any performer or celebrity was smart enough, they’d capitalize on that fact in order to build their brand further. After all, there’s nothing quite like getting information off of your fan base. They’ll be the first ones to tell you how much they love (or hate) your new thing. This is important if you’re currently in the process of trying new things.
After all, your fan base is what you’re relying in to score the money—get it?
So anyway, in the earlier incarnations of this website, there’s always been a forum. It had a pretty sweet run. People came in to dump their love or their hate—whatever, it was glorious. Of course if you guys are going to be part of it, at least “try” to be respectful of the other members in the forum. While dumping hate can be a normal occurrence, anyone who is outright spouting hate speech or is threatening will get the ban hammer. The Rock Gods do not tolerate that level of stupidity so do not even try.
You guys can expect the forum to pop up somewhere in the future (or not) who knows? Live in suspense!
May UK Tour
If you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t catch the big announcements last year, here’s a quickie reminder that Jizzy Pearl will be touring the UK next month. Here are the dates and locations:
May 2: Bannermans, Edinburgh
May 3: Think Tank, New castle
May 4: Real Time Live, Chesterfield
May 5: Slade Room, Wolverhampton
May 6: Fuel, Cardiff
May 9: Bullingdon, Oxford
May 10: Ironroad, Evesham
May 11: Tivoli, Buckley
May 12: Diamond Rock Club, Ballymena
May 13: Camden Underworld, London
May 16: Face Bar, Reading
May 17: Waterfront, Norwich
May 18: Pure, Wigan
May 19: Audio, Glasgow
May 20: Snooty Fox, Wakefield
There you guys have it! The former Love/Hate frontman will be returning to the UK where his band has seen a cult following and massive success. You’ll be doing yourself a solid by checking out the ticket availabilities for your chosen venue ASAP before they run out.
Having a band is a pretty great thing. It’s not something that just anyone can do. If you’re lucky enough to be part of one, learn from the best and take in these top mistakes you need to avoid!
Signing the dotted line too quickly
Paperwork can be the death of your band if you’re not careful. There are lots of bands out there that want to be signed, this is true. That has always been the game as far back as the 80s and it’s still the same now. When Love/Hate first started out, the members got blinded by the thirst to succeed that they made some pretty bad decisions.
One of them was to sign a three-year contract with a good for nothing manager that ended up suing them for a part of the band’s earning that he did not contribute to in the least. When you’re a young band starting out, don’t be too quick to jump the gun regarding any Joe that invites you to their place so you can look at their gold and platinum records. For all you know, those could be there simply because they ran coke for some big band back in the day.
NOT using your Social Media
Social Media! What any rock band would have given to have this ditty back in the day! Self-promotion is a great thing. Back then this would have meant printing out fliers, standing in corners, and just praying that people actually showed up to your gig. Now, you lucky bastards have self-promotion at the tips of your fingers.
One to the best ways to build your brand is to advertise yourself through your social media. Post clips of songs. Post videos of old performances. Share personal stories. Share updates on tracks or albums. Create events. Use social media to find events you can be part of. Test how warm the waters are by asking your fans questions.
The possibilities are endless and FREE. We cannot put enough emphasis on the FREE part. It’s a pretty sweet hack that you’d be a special kind of stupid to not take advantage of.
NOT having a kickass vocalist
People who can play an instrument well can be a nice concept but it’s the vocalist that makes 80% of the impression. It doesn’t matter if you’ve all been buddies since you were in diapers, if they don’t have it—they never will. They can try to go take voice lessons or whatever but if the Rock Gods just aren’t into it, you need to let go.
Unless you’re trying to be a jazz band, then you really should look into finding a kickass vocalist to draw attention to your band in the right way. Since we are in the age of social media, you can trust people to have pretty damn short attention spans. If they don’t feel your vocalist, there’s a big chance they’re not going to listen to the rest of song—no matter how great the rest of the band plays their instruments.
Jizzy Pearl is more than just your average long-lived Rockstar! Today, we take a look at the books that’s he’s published through the years. What most people don’t quite realize about Jizzy is that he branches out and is quite hands-on in other projects that promote his brand.
After trying his hand out at blogs and realizing that his fans (and haters) were quite interested in what he had to say, he decided to try his hand out at publishing his thoughts. Here are some of his literary gems that provide a deeper insight into the brash musician.
I Got More Crickets than Friends
Published in 1999, most people had believed that this was a bio of sorts. Instead, they were treated to a humorous look into the world of Jizzy Pearl. His anecdotes on misadventures and his rants are pretty much an unexpected combination of wit and gritty frankness. Most people that did not buy this book when it first came out have come to realize what a gem it actually is.
Fans and haters alike weren’t able to deny the solid laughs that his creatively developed retelling of events delivered. I Got More Crickets than Friend enjoyed a good print run and was eventually turned into an e-book.
Angst for the Memories
A follow up to his first book yet a different treat altogether. This book was released when Jizzy was the vocalist of Ratt. This particular book is a 25 short story compilation born from Pearl’s creative mind. Angst for the Memories is chock full of extremely frank and hilarious pieces of fiction.
Some have gone on to describe the first story entitled “DEATH=JOB=DEATH” as something akin to the earliest works of Mr. Stephen King himself. From each piece you can gleam snippets of what it’s like to be on the road. The many different hotel rooms and people you come across. It’s a good look into the “Rockstar lifestyle” with Pearl’s own brand of humor.
Published in 2011, this is the third book that Jizzy Pearl has shared with the world. This book still carries the dark humor that Pearl is famous for. He carries on with twinges of fiction in this book. He’ll take you right into the midst of the partying, the drugs, and endless parades of girls.
Be forewarned that these tails are not for the feint of heart. Be prepared to delve into some pretty shocking stories that involve anal, an unhinged kitten killer, and groupies that are well into their old age.
This reverie is borne of the many years of stardom and tours. Reviews have called the short stories “hard to put down” and as something that you breeze though without intending to. Jizzy has released this book along with his previous written works in digital format. So you can get it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and even for Kindle!
If you want to grab your own copies, but aren’t quite sure how to go about it, give us a holler as 860-274-2822.
Having a band is great but sometimes things just fall apart. If you’re ever thinking of going solo, just how do you go about it? That’s what we’ll be discussing today.
What is going “solo”?
Most musicians start out as part of a group. There’s always been a sort of security in a group—its pretty much hardcoded into our DNA. While it would be great to be surrounded by a supportive bunch that has the same dream as you, sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Harmony in the group disintegrates.
Going solo is the decision a musician makes seriously. You still want to be a musician, right? Who says you have to stay in a place where you feel you’ve reached your full growth potential? Just like when shellfish shed their old homes in order to grow larger, that’s pretty much what going solo is. You leave the past behind and you strive forward, blazing your own path in an already precarious industry.
Going solo isn’t going to be a cakewalk. Scientists have actually found that going solo can be hazardous to your health. The pressure is higher. You no longer have the safety net of a band member stepping up when you slip up over anything. Everything is going to be on your shoulders and that’s it.
So if you’ve made the brave decision to go solo, how do you survive it? Here is a solid tip from someone who has been down that path: Jizzy Pearl.
One of the primary things that mess you up as an artist is all the bad energy that you bring with from your old band. No matter how tightly knit your band was, when you’re dealing with a creative bunch, it is inevitable that fights are going to break out. Artists don’t usually go solo until either of two things occurs: they have a huge fight with their band or they just decide to try it out on their own. Either one will leave a bit of negative energy in the air.
Either way, it is going to be draining like no one’s business. With that said, once you decide to go solo, it is important to take care of your own needs first. Go on a vacation, cut off connection from those that wish to drag you down, pick up a temporary hobby—whatever it takes just to recuperate your drive and your energy.
There’s no sense in trying your hand in making new music if you seriously have nothing left in the tank. You’re just setting yourself up for failure and that’s going to hurt you further—as a person and as an artist. Going solo means that you’re taking a break from the entire BS parade that used to dim your possibilities.
Taking care of yourself in the ways YOU think are best is what you should prioritize. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t make sense to other people. Look out for number 1 and everything else will follow.
Today, we continue to explore the origins and struggles of the band Love/Hate through Jizzy Pearl’s unique perspective.
The Story Continues…
We last ended the tale with the subject of a manager that Jizzy describes to be an outright drunken and psychotic mess which tied the band down with a three-year managerial contract. What Jizzy and the band did not know at the time was that Mr. 3-year manager was pretty much a fraud. He harassed record label executives and their secretaries with obscenities when they didn’t answer right away or why they had not signed “his band” yet. He would be obnoxiously pushy with the demos of the band.
The band was completely in the dark and did not realize that the market they wanted to hard to break into was slowly but steadily growing to hate them—worse, laugh at them. It was a downright mess. Then it came to the point when Mr. 3-year manager started billing the band for his “services”. This included his wife’s lunches or his kid’s new drum set, and pretty much anything that he had attributed to “making the band work”.
If you’re wondering why the band got themselves into such a position to begin with, Jizzy says that when you’re a young band and you’re desperate, you go with what’s handed to you. The thirst for success is so strong that it completely blinds you to everything else. The band made a rather costly move and it will continue to haunt them in their latter successes.
It was in the year 1987 when the band had to take a long hard look at their status as a band. They were now pretty much a laughing stock to the music industry thanks to their “manager” and they still weren’t making any money. So what did the band do next?
They shrugged it all off and kept going. Jizzy calls such a move the best sort of advice he can give to any band: JUST KEEP GOING. Around this time bands like Guns N Roses, Faster Pussycat and others were making it big on the strip. Love/Hate collectively felt extreme frustration yet smiled and congratulated the other bands that made it. See, you definitely needed a strong spine to survive the music world?
This does not mean, however, that everything was all harmonious with the band. There would be times when Jon was notorious for his flakiness. Jon would constant be late or not bother to show up to rehearsals. The band brought on Tracy G. to “shake him up”. It seemed to work—for a couple of weeks. Tracy shortly quit over Jon (and his attitude).
On a personal note, JIzzy said this year was the year that truly turned things around for him. After viewing his horrendously drunk performance when they were opening up for LA Guns, Jizzy realized that he needed to clean up his performances. No more drunken rants on stage.
The following year, the band got signed on with Columbia and more funky things went down.
To Be Continued…
A lot of bands through the years have emphasized the importance of “harmony”. However, just how crucial is it when in comes to band dynamics? That’s what we’ll be picking at today.
What is “harmony”?
No, we’re not talking about harmony in terms of music. We’re actually referring to harmony when it comes to band dynamic. There have been a lot of bands that emphasize the importance of harmony or getting along with everyone who’s in your band.
By “everyone in your band” this isn’t limited to the actual people who play the instruments or the ones that sing. It’s their +1s like lovers, sweethearts, or whomever. There is this great recent belief that great music cannot be borne from adversity or conflict. That’s hardly the case.
Here are some bands that recorded great hits but actually despised one another:
- Blink 182
- Guns N Roses
- Beach Boys
- Simon and Garfunkel
Some of the groups listed above are pretty big icons in the world of music. Most people don’t even truly want to believe that Simon and Garfunkel hate each other. After all, they “harmonize” so well, don’t they?
That’s the thing about music. It can spring from even the most inhabitable and the ugliest places imaginable. You can even think of it as a flower that doesn’t give a damn whether or not it’s surrounded by love or happiness. It just takes whatever energy is there and hangs in the air until it manifests. Take Love/Hate for example, when Jizzy Pearl joined the band it wasn’t exactly their choice on the matter. Their manager had pretty much pulled an ultimatum—it’s either Jizzy becomes part of the band or all their funding gets cut.
Now, we don’t know about you guys but if someone we didn’t know was pretty much shoved into our artistic space, there’d be no harmony in that! The band went on to create some classic albums like Blackout all the while there was a lot of fighting going on behind the scenes. When the band first started, they were hungry. Record deals were always the number one pursuit and they weren’t just making the cut somehow.
It was a generally frustrating time and Love/Hate isn’t alone when it came to that time in their journey as a music group. Music isn’t something that you just happen to pick up as you cross the street. It’s something that you pretty much make out of nothing. You will have the raw materials to back you up (talent, funding, equipment, etc) but just because you have all of that with you does not automatically mean the music will come—let alone good music.
Harmony as a group can help the production a little better. However, even when you’re in the midst of fighting, your talents can still all work together to form something bigger than yourselves. If ever a breaking point does occur, you use whatever it is you’ve learned in that time of discord and have better things working for you when you start another journey.
Love/Hate has quite a history to its tale. Today, we try to scratch the surface a little and use the words of Jizzy Pearl himself to see how the band came to be.
What is Love/Hate?
If you aren’t familiar with Love/Hate, you’re missing out on a LOT. This band had a rather rocky start. Ask anyone in the music business and they will tell you how much of it all is pretty much 24/7 cutthroat competition. It’s not something that anyone with a weak spine will live through. Every band pretty much needed to be on call with all their stuff—including guitar amps for practice.
If there was anything Love/Hate had in spades, it was a lot of spine. They started out as a band named Data Clan—something that almost made it big but took the wrong gamble at the wrong time. Jizzy had mentioned that while he wasn’t yet part of the band, he was very good friends with the manager at the time. The band was getting some offers for record deals but the then vocalist thought that the standing offers weren’t enough. As such, he had the “brilliant” idea to have a huge event wherein the crème de la crème of record labels of LA would be invited. He had hoped to start a bidding war to drive up the offers.
However, what history will tell you is that talent isn’t the primary ingredient to success in the music industry. It’s more about timing. Needless to day, the plan had backfired and now no one wanted to offer the band anything. To recuperate their morale, the manager had the band packed up to play six weeks in Japan. However, for his own personal reasons, the vocalist up and left with 2 weeks to go. The band left Japan in disgrace and along comes Jizzy Pearl to join the band.
The band had moved in together in a warehouse and tried their hand making things work. Jizzy Pearl had stated that they weren’t at all musically compatible with his vocal range being a tenor and the rest being baritone. The band was constantly struggling with making ends meet—with band member Joey’s parents stepping in to fund the band whenever their utilities were about to get cut. They tried their hand at the glam rock scene and sadly did not make it through to the industry. Jizzy Pearl had shared several anecdotes through the years of having to go out dressed like a woman.
They did, however, had a tour down in Mexico—which was a tad disastrous—with centavos, bottles, and small rocks being hurled at the band and even an unfortunate concussion incident involving a rude fan and an overzealous roadie. It was in 1986 that Data Clan had officially transitioned into Love/Hate. Breaking away from the glam rock thing, they tried their hand at the whole British gothic style.
The band went through some ups and downs which included a crazy manager which signed them up for a three-year contract and turned them into a toxic subject for record labels everywhere.
To be continued…
Music can come from anywhere. Chicago, however, has a special talent of producing some of the best musicians and artists of their generation. Today, we take a look at some of them!
The rock band with the self-styled description of “rock and roll band with horns”! These gentlemen have made their mark in musical history with their hits like “You’re the Inspiration” and “Hard to Say I’m Sorry”. They’ve had the honor of being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame—not a small feat in the least! Not a lot of bands can claim that they have more than four albums that have reached number 1 in several music charts all over the world.
The Smashing Pumpkins
Anyone who has been into the alternative scene will automatically know who this band is. With the highly talented Billy Corgan leading the band, they dominated much of the 90s music charts. While the band has been rocked with internal turmoil, this has not stopped them from producing enduring hits like “Ava Adore” and “Tonight, Tonight”.
Earth, Wind & Fire
If you were to think of soul, funk, and disco, there’s a high probability that this band is going to pop up in your mind. This is the band responsible for the great dance hits of “September” and “Boogie Wonderland”.
Just because he wasn’t born in Chicago doesn’t mean this talented blues player isn’t considered an honorary Chicago resident! His contributions to the Chicago blues sound are legendary! His influence is continued to be felt to this day in age. In fact, the thriving blues community of Chicago has Muddy Waters to thank!
Fall Out Boy
You don’t have to an old band in order to make this list! While these fine gentlemen have had a bad rep through they years (we can’t understand why), they have powered through all the hate and delivered hit after hit. Their vocalist, Patrick Stump, has an amazing vocal range and continues to improve with each album that this band releases!
How can we not include the person who has inspired the likes of Eric Clapton and the legendary Jimi Hendrix? Buddy Guy is one of the pillars of the blues community along with his fellow band member Muddy Waters. So it’s only right that he’s part of this list!
Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! Who in their right mind has not heard of that phrase? Well, these legendary rockers also gave us all “The Best of Times”. Their album entitled “Paradise Theater” treated listeners with instant classic gems that are still worth listening to this day.
This isn’t just our bias speaking. Jizzy Pearl and his voice are treasures that have given birth to some iconic performances and songs. We’ll be discussing more about Jizzy Pearl and his accomplishments in latter articles so you’d best stay tuned!
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