The Love/Hate I knew might be gone but at least two great videos survive, an immortal celebration of a captivating group hitting on all cylinders.

A lot of great bands came out in the ‘90s but you’ve probably never heard of them because they weren’t associated with the grunge movement. If you lived in America during that time period you experienced a changed in the musical landscape that happened seemingly overnight. The hard rock and heavy metal thrill ride came to a screeching halt leaving the budding ‘non alternative’ groups with little chance to develop. Beginning their careers on ‘big record labels’ only to be dropped after their debut release.  Although I can think of more than a few acts that suffered this plight the one I will always remember is Love/Hate and their 1990 debut release –  Blackout In The Red Room.

I’ve always thought of Love/Hate as a sort of pseudo Guns N’ Roses. At the time Blackout in the Red Room (1990) came out the ‘gunners’ were on a long term hiatus. Nobody knew when they would release another album, if ever. Love/Hate filled the G N’R void for me. Spilling out songs about drinking and drugs in a vibe I knew.

Music videos for the tracks “Blackout In the Red Room” and “Why Do You Think They Call It Dope” received decent airplay on MTV. Love/Hate hit the road supporting DIO and AC/DC.

Unfortunately, disagreements over style led to delays in the group’s follow-up Wasted in America (1992). Lack of sales and the arrival of the grunge movement caused the band to be dismissed by their record label. Love/Hate never recovered, releasing a handful of albums that were quickly forgotten: Let’s Rumble (1993), I’m Not Happy (1995), Livin’ Off Layla (1997) Let’s Eat (1999).

Music videos can be mini-time capsules, forever holding the fire and youth that propelled greatness. The Love/Hate I knew might be gone but at least two great videos survive, an immortal celebration of a captivating group hitting on all cylinders. \m/

 

Love/Hate (1990) are:

  • John E. Love – Guitars
  • Joey Gold – Drums
  • Jizzy Pearl – Vocals
  • Skid Rose – Bass

 

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