Love/Hate was formed in 1985 when Jizzy Pearl (real name Jim Wilkinson) joined Jon E. Love, Skid Rose and Joey Gold, in an 80s influenced electronica band called Dataclan, after their previous lead singer walked out while playing in Japan. They lived together in an LA warehouse and in the first year put out a 4 track EP and played a short and not very well received tour of Mexico. At this time the band had a very 'glam' look, wearing make up. This may have been part of their bad reception in Mexico.
In 1986 the band re-named themselves as Love/Hate from a song they played at the time called Love and Hate. They also changed their look and style to a more gothic image, having been influenced by the release of the album Love by The Cult. For the next couple of years they tried various styles of music and were pitched to many record companies in an attempt to get signed.
1987, the band settled on the rock genre, and had some limited success when one of their songs was used on the soundtrack for Critters 2 and an early version of 'She's an Angel' featured in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Around this time they briefly employed Bass player Tracy G who would later play in Dio. After seeing a video of a drunken performance, lead singer Jizzy resolved to turn himself and the band around.
In early 1988, Skid wrote a new collection of songs which would later form the bulk of the album 'Blackout in the Red Room'. They began performing regularly at the free Monday night 'No Bozo Jam' at Sunset Strip's Whisky a Go Go. This freed them from self promotion of one off gigs and they began to collaborate as a band to improve their repetoir of songs. However, the band felt much frustration as at that time many Sunset Strip were being signed by record companies, with Glam Metal at its height, but Love/Hate were repeatedly overlooked.
The band then put together a 4 track demo, and in December finally got a record deal with Columbia
Their debut album Blackout in the Red Room was recorded in 1989 and released in March 1990. It reached #154 on the billboard 200.
After a small club tour they supported Dio on an arena tour, their biggest to date, but were unpopular with the Dio fans.
At this time the video for the single "Why do you think they call it Dope?" was receiving good rotation on MTV, chiefly on Headbanger's Ball, and they went on tour with AC/DC to a much better reception. On this tour they first played in the UK, where they were very well received.
In 1991, they finished touring and started to write material for the second album.
The initial set of songs submitted to the label for the next album were all rejected and the band had to start again from scratch. They relocated to New York, again living together as they had done in their formative years.
At this point they began to have creative differences with the label. The band was trying to move toward a 'crossover' sound with more radio appeal, but the label thought they were losing their edge (Jizzy would later acknowledge they were correct). The band wanted to release 'Miss America' as a single, but the label vetoed this and instead decided to put out 'Happy Hour.'
However, 6 months before the album was released, Love/Hate secured a support slot for Skid Row's 'No Fucking Frills' European Tour. The label wanted to release an EP in support of the tour and in direct opposition to the band's wishes chose 'Evil Twin', a song the band had rejected for the second album. While touring Skid made numerous attacks on the Label in interviews, with Jizzy attempting to divert attention or prevent the comments being publisehd. After playing at the London Arena, Jizzy got into a drunken fight with Skid Row singer, Sebastian Bach, which briefly led to the band being ejected from the tour. But they made up their differences before the next show.
The album 'Wasted in America' was released later in the year and the band embarked on another European tour, this time in support of Ozzy Osbourne. On returning to America they were told that Columbia intended to drop the band, as the single for 'Happy Hour' had not sold and the follow up single 'Wasted in America' wasn't getting airplay on the radio.
The band were offered a support slot with Black Sabbath, but the label refused to support them. They also cancelled a marketing campaign planned around the single 'Miss America'. The band were then formally dropped by Columbia. Immediately following this, guitarist Jon E Love quit the band. Six months later a new guitarist, Darren Householder, was hired, whose style was very different from Jon.
Soon after being dropped, Skid sold his car to finance a third album. 'Lets Rumble' was recorded in a few days and the band went on a 9 week US club tour. BMG picked up the album and released it in the UK, which was followed by a 3 week UK tour. However, the label didn't want to release the album in the US. The band sent the album to a number of labels, but with the rise of Grunge their style of rock was out of fashion and there was no interest.
Eventually they signed with a minor label ato release 'Lets Rumble', but it was to be delayed till the following January. In an unfortunate turn, their manager gave a copy of the album to the KNAC radio station in LA, where the lead single Spinning Wheel started to get heavy airplay. But the band were unable to release it either as a single or an album and despite playing to packed audiences in LA they were unable to capitalise on this popularity. Eventually another minor label, Calibre, arranged to release the album, but coming out in 1994 it was too late and the radio popularity had passed.
In 1995 the band started writing and recording material for a fourth album, 'I'm Not Happy', using their own studio and recording on ADAT with Joey producing. During this Jon E Love re-joined the band when Darren left by mutual agreement. Two side projects were also formed and started playing gigs. 'Skoe', with Skid and Joey and 'Sineaters' with Jizzy and Joey. At a Sineaters gig Jizzy was approached by Mayhem Records, who wanted to release 'I'm Not Happy'. In December they played a 2 week tour in Germany.
In 1997 both side projects collapsed and Skid decided to put together a new album. Not having the time to write new material he instead put together tracks from excerpts of old B sides and other unreleased material, along with some songs from the now defunct 'Skoe'. Nearly all of the recording was done by Skid himself, with the rest of the band having very limited input. Jizzy reluctantly provided vocals. During recording the band travelled to the UK for a two week tour. On return to the US, Jizzy started a new side project with new musicians as did Joey. Upset and frustrated, the band sold all the bands equipment and Love/Hate split up. Skid employed Marq Torien from Bulletboys to complete recording for the album 'Layla' which was never released on a label.
In 1998 Jizzy was approached at a Warrant gig by their manager, who wanted to put Love/Hate on a tour with Dio. Skid declined to join in, but both Joey and Jon agreed. Cordell Crockett from Ugly Kid Joe joined to play bass in Skids absence. The tour was difficult and afterward Jizzy left the band again to sing with L.A. Guns.
In 1999, Jizzy put together an album of old Sineaters tracks that he had written and it was released as Love/Hate on the Perris label, titled 'Lets Eat'. Later that year he left L.A. Guns as they were reforming with their classic line up. There was some talk of the band reforming, but then in 2000 Jizzy was hired as lead singer for Ratt, which would occupy him for the next six years.
In 2002 Jizzy toured Europe as Love/Hate in support of ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, with some warm-up gigs in LA beforehand. The rest of the band was made up of Robbie Crane on bass, guitarist Keri Kelli, and drummer Dave Moreno . Picking up on the resurgent interest in rock bands of the late 80s/early 90s, regular low key club tours, including trips to Europe, would follow over the next few years.
In 2003 Love/Hate toured Europe (lineup unknown),
In 2004 Jizzy and Jon toured together in Europe as Love/Hate
The original lineup reunited for the first time in ten years, on February 24, 2007 at Club Vodka in Hollywood, California to perform their classic record "Black out in the Red Room" in its entirety. The show sold out, with an audience of 1,500.
In April 2007, Jizzy toured the UK as Love/Hate, with Pretty Boy Floyd and Bang Tango in support. No other Love/Hate members were present and the band was shared for all three acts with the lead singer changing through the evening. Additional support was from Gypsy Pistoleros
In December 2007 Jizzy, Skid and Joey toured Europe, with Darren Householder on guitar.. The setlist featured the whole of 'Blackout in the Red Room', played in the album order, plus selected tracks from the later albums. The tour was very well received by the UK fans. Support was from the Nottingham based New Generation Superstars, who were also invited on stage to play Straightjacket with Love/Hate on the final night of the tour at The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham.
Source for most of the history is the bands official website written by lead singer Jizzy Pearl.
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