Love Me Bad

Album: Memories of a Beautiful Disaster (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • James Durbin had a difficult childhood growing up in Santa Cruz, California, losing his father to a drug overdose at the age of 9 and shortly afterwards being diagnosed with Aspberger's Syndrome and Tourette's Syndrome. However from an early age, he showed an interest in music and Durbin's mom encouraged him to embrace his artistic inclinations. As a teenager, he took part in various local theatrical musical productions and was the lead singer in a metal band called Hollywood Scars, where he went by the stage name of Jimmy Levox.
  • Durbin's breakthrough came when he reached the final of Season 10 of American Idol. His pitch-perfect voice and hard rocker's attitude made him one of the most popular contestants of the series. After finishing fourth, he signed to Wind-Up Records (Evanescence, Seether). This is Durbin's first single released from his debut solo album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster.
  • The single was released online on October 19, 2011 and was also released to mainstream Top 40 radio stations. A second single, "Stand Up," was also sent to the more hard rock-oriented stations.
  • The video was shot 90 minutes away from Las Vegas in a dry lake bed out in the desert of Barstow, California. Durbin told Noisecreep that, "it was a day full of rock 'n' roll debauchery." He explained: " I accidentally blew up a 1971 Dodge Charger by driving it too hard! The hood was on fire and there was smoke everywhere. I just remember the fire department guys we had on set running towards me screaming, 'Get the f--- out!' It was insane."

    The rest of the video had to be filmed, "with the car on a flatbed truck being pulled on a Uhaul. We actually lit up a lot of things on fire during the shoot," the singer continued. "I even got some gasoline on myself at one point. At the end of the video I drop a torch and destroy the whole set. Just wait till you see this dude – it is full-on heavy metal!"
  • Durbin wrote the song with Marti Frederickson (Aerosmith, Def Leppard) about the unhappiness he feels whenever he has to go out on the road leaving behind his fiancée, Heidi and their son Hunter. He explained: "It's a song about regret, and I find I'm able to sing it because I look at that every time I go on business and have to leave Santa Cruz and my family."

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