Goodbye Lady Jane
In my years of collecting metal and hard rock, once in a while I come across a band that makes me wonder, “how did they get signed to that particular label?” In the case of the band Love Life, this is a case of a straight-up commercial hair metal band being signed to a label that, for all intents and purposes, was known for alternative artists, and was founded by the guy who brought us L. S. Underground. This is like if Bon Jovi was signed to the Alternative Tentacles label, or whatever flavor-of-the-month pop artist being signed to Metal Blade. You get the idea, I hope. Concerning the “why”, however, this is found on the Blonde Vinyl Memorial site: “…it should be noted that Blonde Vinyl tried to be a diverse label, and not just an alternative label. When seen from that angle, bands like Love Life and Sass O’Frass Tunic fit in just fine.”(source)
Anywhoo, Love Life, as mentioned above, was a late-80s, early-90s style hard rock and melodic metal band that, while the typical knee-jerk reaction is to paint with a broad Hair Metal brush, Love Life’s music is less Poison/Warrant/Bon Jovi and more Great White/Whitesnake/Cinderella in style. In other words, it’s more bluesy than sparkly.
The music on Goodbye Lady Jane is chock full of hook-laden hard rock goodness with some very decent riffs and big melodies. Songs like “Real Love”, “Do You Love Me”, “Girl Gone Bad”, the title track “Goodbye Lady Jane” and the boogie rocker “Do You Believe In Love” fill out the album, along side mid-paced anthem songs “Hearts On Fire” and “In Blue Again” and a couple of POWER BALLAD ALERTS “When Loneliness Comes Knockin'” and “1000 Reasons”. “Fill ‘Er Up” is a 13-second guitar riff, and there’s a cover of The Beatles’ “A Hard Days Night” that is fairly straightforward, like when Aerosmith covered “I’m Down” on Permanent Vacation.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised at how decent this album was. Since Love Life was basically Fear Not with a different guitarist, I was expecting the same kind of slickly produced commercial hard rock that was on that self-titled album. But, somehow-probably due to a little more raw production-Goodbye Lady Jane seemed a bit more solid, with a couple of instances where the skip button would come in handy. It’s not easy to find, and if you do happen across it, be sure to pick it up and check it out.