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Album Review

On the surface, the music of Love/Hate's debut may seem no different than most any late-'80s L.A. pop-metal, but the band's performance exudes a fury and belligerence that posers such as Poison or Warrant could never even grasp; actually, they would turn on their heels and run away screaming from it. The band literally "plays on 11," from the very first crunching power chord of the title track to the last cymbal crash of the frenzied "Hell Ca., Pop. 4." In between, they alternate the sheer power of "Rock Queen," "One More Round," and "Straightjacket" with the haunting yet beautiful melodies of "Mary Jane" and "She's an Angel." The strangely message-oriented "Why Do You Think They Call It Dope?" does stick out like a sore thumb — no thanks to its funk-metal bassline and overtly commercial mix. But with delirious performances, such as guitarist Jon E. Love's on the massive "Tumbleweed," there is little here to criticize. Blackout in the Red Room is a very impressive album.

Customer Reviews


Hello iTunes: The name of the band is Love/Hate NOT Hate & Love.

Great debut album fueled with high energy rock n' roll delivered by a vocalist whose voice peels the paint from the walls. The songs are all about drugs, drinking, and getting laid...awesome!


One of the best albums EVER

I still own and listen to this CD. I dont think you can find a better band in the 90's that didnt have a lot of success which is a shame. Jizzy Pearl is truly a standout vocalist, right up there with anyone. The title track, all the way to Slutsy Tipsy, Slave Girl, Rock Queen, Tumbleweed all excellent songs that make the point, keep it simple. Most people dont want to have to look at a chart to go along with their music and these guys nail it. They truly lay it down. I would reccomend this whole album to anyone. It's a huge influence on me as a musician and music fan!

Get with it, iTunes!

Get the name of the band right, for crying out loud! It's Love/Hate, not Love and Hate.

This album brought me out of my innocent high school years and into the party time of my life. This was the perfect soundtrack to the endless barhopping of those days. Still love Slutsy Tipsy and of course the title track. Other standouts are Rock Queen and Fuel to Run. Love this!


Formed: 1985

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Heavy metal band Love/Hate was initially formed as Data Clan in 1984 by vocalist Jizzy Pearl, guitarist Jon E. Love, bassist Skid Rose and drummer Joey Gold. The band recorded one album before Pearl left to sing with L.A. Rocks; Data Clan replaced him with Jim Wilkinson and changed their name to Love/Hate. By 1987, however, Pearl returned and after playing around Los Angeles for a year, Love/Hate signed with Columbia. The group's debut album Blackout in the Red Room was released in March 1990. Two...
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