Blog10 - Scratching the Surface of Love/Hate pt. 4

Scratching the Surface of Love/Hate pt. 4

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!

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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.

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The Return

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 End…?

Blog9 - Scratching the Surface of Love/Hate pt. 3

Scratching the Surface of Love/Hate pt. 3

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.

The Deal

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.

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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.

The Cover

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…

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…