Blog4 - Scratching the Surface of Love/Hate pt. 2

Scratching the Surface of Love/Hate pt. 2

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.

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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…

Blog2 - Scratching the Surface of Love/Hate pt. 1

Scratching the Surface of Love/Hate pt. 1

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.

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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…