I Love You – I Love You [1991]

Country USA          

Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 81/100

Band Members Jeff Nolan – Guitar, Mike Kossler -Bass, Tom Sweet – Drums, Chris Palmer – Vocals

Tracks 01. Hang Straight Up, 02. Open you, 03. Love Is, 04. 2, 05. She’s the One/I.N.S.E.T., 06. Swing, 07. Jesus, 08. Flies, 09. Jamf, 10. Fuzz the Whirl, 11. The Lamb

Profile I Love You was a band that formed in Hollywood, CA in 1988 from the ashes of Florida punk-metal gods, Sinful Pigeons. Original members were Jeff Nolan, Chris Palmer, Aaron Rubin, and Elliott Crawford. After recording a version of Elvis’ “Burnin’ Love” for the SST compilation The Melting Plot, Phil Newman of Painted Willie and Sin 34 fame joined the band as bass player. That lineup performed many Hollywood/Los Angeles shows and completed two U.S. tours. Hollywood stomping grounds in the early days were Raji’s, The Anti-Club, The Coconut Teaszer, The Gaslight, and The Whiskey. During that time, Christina Applegate pulled a few strings and secured I Love You a spot in Married With Children history by choosing their song “Insurrection” as the background music for her ‘sleep-over episode’ in MWC’s second season.

In 1989, I Love You released ILY LIVE, a 5 song EP, which included a cover version of Cream’s “SWLABR”, on Medusa/Enigma Records. The EP was co-Produced by Daniel Rey (Ramones, L7). A video followed for the song “Steppin’ On Baby”. After a heated bidding war, I Love You signed with Geffen Records in the summer of 1990. To celebrate, they toured with 7Seconds for 2 months to prepare for their upcoming sophomore Geffen release with new drummer Tom Sweet and bassist Mike Kossler fully on board. After a fast and furious recording session in Sausalito, CA, with Engineer and co-Producer Geoff Workman (Warrior Soul, Queen), ILY released I Love You, their self-titled, first LP, in Spring of 1991.

A video followed for the song “Hang Straight Up”, which was featured on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball several times. Geffen released two singles from the album, “Hang Straight Up” and “2”, and a special, limited edition purple vinyl promo single for “She’s The One”. For the next 2 years ILY toured often, playing shows with Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, Flaming Lips, Afghan Whigs, Alice In Chains, Rage Against The Machine, Masters Of Reality, Faith No More, Nirvana, NRBQ, Kyuss, King’s X, Butthole Surfers, L7, Social Distortion, Smashing Pumpkins, Soul Asylum, R.E.M. and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few.

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