Love Spit Love

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Love Spit Love
Love Spit Love in 1994, from left to right Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Richard Butler and Tim Butler.
Love Spit Love in 1994, from left to right Frank Ferrer, Richard Fortus, Richard Butler and Tim Butler.
Background information
OriginManhattan, New York City, New York, USA
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1992–2000
LabelsMaverick Records
Imago Records
Associated actsThe Psychedelic Furs
Guns N' Roses
Past membersRichard Butler
Tim Butler
Frank Ferrer
Richard Fortus
Lonnie D. Hillyer
Chris Wilson

Love Spit Love was an alternative rock band founded in 1992 by singer Richard Butler during the 1990s hiatus of the Psychedelic Furs.


When the Psychedelic Furs went on extended hiatus in 1992, Richard Butler contacted guitarist Richard Fortus, whose band, Pale Divine, had been the opener on the Psychedelic Furs' final US tour. The two began to collaborate on what Butler expected would become his first solo record. The duo enlisted drummer Frank Ferrer to help develop the material. As the songs took shape, however, Butler opted to push the project into a new band.[1] The band's name was taken from a 1991 performance art exhibit in New York, which featured three naked couples (of varying sexual orientation) openly engaging in acts of affection. The event was the brainchild of publicist Kelly Cutrone and her husband Ronnie Cutrone, an artist who worked closely with Andy Warhol; the event was aimed at protesting government censorship of "obscene" music and art.

To record their debut album, the band brought in Butler's brother (and Furs bandmate) Tim to fill in on bass. (Butler also co-wrote six songs on the album.) The completed self-titled album was released in August 1994 on Imago Records. The album barely made it into the US charts, peaking at No. 195 on the Billboard 200 in October 1994.[2]

The album's lead single, "Am I Wrong", reached No. 83 on the US Hot 100,[3] and was warmly received at alternative radio and MTV. (The song eventually appeared on the soundtrack to the 1995 movie Angus, with a marching band (Warren Township Marching Blue Devils of Gurnee, Illinois) added to the background of the song.)

Richard Butler and Fortus undertook a series of promotional tour dates in mid-1994, performing acoustically. For a late 1994 tour, the band enlisted bassist Lonnie Hillyer. The fall touring included an appearance on The Jon Stewart Show, where the band performed their second single "Change in the Weather".

Near the end of 1995, the band was approached by the music supervisor of the movie The Craft, who inquired if the band might record a cover of The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?". After initial reluctance, the band recorded the song, and it was released as a single from the movie's soundtrack in 1996. Warner Bros reused the band's cover as the theme song for the television series Charmed, which debuted in 1998.[4]

For most of 1995 and 1996, the band found themselves in a precarious situation with their label. Imago Records, which was founded as a joint venture between Terry Ellis and BMG, lost its distribution deal with BMG at the end of 1994. Ellis retained the contracts to the label's bands and hoped to find a new distributor. By 1996, however, the label went bankrupt, leaving the band to find another home. Later that year, Love Spit Love signed with Maverick Records. In the meantime, Chris Wilson replaced Hillyer on bass.

The band's second album, Trysome Eatone, was released in August 1997. The album spawned two singles, "Long Long Time" and "Fall on Tears".

After touring in support of the album, Love Spit Love spent the rest of the 1990s idle, before announcing an indefinite hiatus in 2000.[5] That year, the Psychedelic Furs decided to reform, with both Fortus and Ferrer joining the reformed lineup. Fortus later spent time as a supporting guitarist for Nena and is currently a member of Guns N' Roses along with Ferrer.




Year Title Chart positions Album
US Mod Rock
1994 "Change in the Weather" 31 Love Spit Love
"Am I Wrong" 83 3 89
1997 "Long Long Time" 33 Trysome Eatone
"Fall on Tears" 39


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Love Spit Love". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Love Spit Love Chart History: Billboard 200". 2019. Archived from the original on 20 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Love Spit Love Chart History: Billboard 200". 2019. Archived from the original on 20 September 2019.
  4. ^ Harris, Will. "A Chat with Richard Butler". Bullz-Eye. April 16, 2006.
  5. ^ Flinn, Sean. "Back in the Pink". Choler Magazine. August 2, 2000.
  6. ^ "Love Spit Love Chart History > Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Love Spit Love Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Love Spit Love Chart History > Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  9. ^ Australian (ARIA) chart peaks:

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