Pet Hate


 Pet Hate

When people talk of bands who burst onto the music scene, were incredibly productive for a short period of time, and then disbanded, they think of acts like Nirvana, or Cream, bands who were active for a few years and managed perhaps an album a year for these periods of time. Pet Hate are in fact the epitomy of a band that exploded in such a manner, releasing every single one of their studio efforts in the same year (1984). The band's members didn't stop being active after this: Alistair Terry, the group's singer, released his solo album "Yonge at Heart" in 1986, and certain members of the band regrouped to form Wild Ones and release "Writing On The Wall" in 1991 (both of these were also Heavy Metal Records releases, along with the two Pet Hate albums.) The band had also previously been known as Silverwing, and had released the album "Alive & Kicking" in 1983 before becoming Pet Hate.

Following the success of their first album, "The Bride Wore Red," Pet Hate decided to step up their game for their second release, bringing in producer Eddie Leonetti, who had previously worked with Angel on their album "Sinful," which they had originally wanted to call "Bad Publicity" - sound familiar? Angel's record company rejected this name and the album cover they had wanted to use, so Pet Hate decided not to let a good idea go to waste. Naturally, it helped that Heavy Metal Records had a slightly more relaxed attitude to album covers: take a look at the cover for Split Beaver's "When Hell Won't Have You" (HMR3) to get the idea...