The Vault: Love/Hate’s Ode To Getting Pulled Over By The Cops

Dec 14th, 2006 // 11 Comments

blackout.jpgOne of the grimiest bands to make the vault from Headbanger’s Ball to MTV’s daytime hours was Love/Hate, whose Black Out In The Red Room was full of references to drugs, sex, and passing out in the streets. “Why Do You Think They Call It Dope?” even managed to crack the Dial MTV top ten–with only one word, an errant “fuck,” bleeped out. Sixteen years later, we’re wondering if this song’s lyrics would make it intact on the post-Columbine edition of the channel, because there’s no way the references to dimebags and errant roaches would pass muster today. (Okay, that slap bass at the beginning probably would cause the song to be rejected out of hand, too.)

Love/Hate – Why Do You Think They Call It Dope? [MP3, link expired]
Love/Hate – Black Out In The Red Room [MP3, link expired]
Love/Hate [Official site]

  1. noamjamski

    OK now y’all are talking my language!

    Jizzy Pearl is the man! Perhaps Love/Hate can play some US shows now that he has quit his job as the singer of Ratt, paving the way for their reunion with Steven Pearcy.

    As a young impressionable Metal Head I loved Black out in the Red Room. It was heavier than LA Guns, less bluesy that Faster Pussycat, but still had that great LA sleaze sound.

    In the good old days a video like Love/Hate could be shown next to Armored Saint or Smashing Pumpkins, no big whoop!

  2. Maura Johnston

    actually if you look at the love/hate site, skid rose floats the possibility of having a reunion show sometime next year.
    (also the site has full downloads of all their albums.)

  3. noamjamski

    heheh yeah I’m on the site now. It is pretty great. Instead of working I am reading the 16 chapter history of the band by Jizzy.

    Who knew they started out as a new wave band called Dataclan??

  4. Calexxia

    Ok, now this is weird! Two Idolator posts in one day about people I know personally! Jizzy’s great (his last album VEGAS MUST DIE) was a lot of fun (He recorded it when he moved back to LA for a bit, but he’s back in Vegas now). Personally, I prefer his writing to his singing, but the man can definitely “bring it” live.

  5. brasstax

    Why did I always mix this band up with Warrior Soul at the time? Or maybe it was somebody else, who knows.

  6. noamjamski

    Warrior Soul was a great band. New Yorkers to boot!

    Last Decade Dead Century and Drugs, God and the new Republic are both pretty great.

    They were probably the only Metal band singing about Ecstasy in the early 90′s before rave culture took hold in the public consciousness. One of the guys in Alice in Chains is wearing a Warrior Soul shirt in their unplugged performance.

  7. brasstax

    Yeah, I had Last Decade Dead Century and remember listening to it a fair amount at the time, but I couldn’t even tell you now what it sounded like.

    But I realized that wasn’t who I was confusing Love/Hate with. That Love/Hate album and the first Saigon Kick album came out at about the same time, right? They were both totally atypical of what was generally being played on HBB in those days, and thus have left a grey blurry spot in my memory.

  8. Mo!

    I gotta hand it to you. You know your metal. Next thing you know, we’ll be seeing posts about Tuff.

  9. Calexxia

    Let’s leave Stevie Rachelle OUT of this discussion, PLEASE? Although, the grossest and currently funniest thing I can think of about any of the hairbands is Phil Lewis of LA Guns jacking off into a spoon, then getting upset when the pictures hit the internet!

  10. Maura Johnston

    This is the greatest comment thread in Idolator history. At least this week.

  11. brasstax

    Idolator should do a “metal week” at some point.

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