Love is regarded today as one of the protopunk bands. In typical protopunk style, they seemed to labor under a curse - and it hit Love harder than just about anybody else. Lead singer and frontman Arthur Lee served prison time on a weapons charge after hitting California's "three strikes" limit for other offenses. While he was incarcerated, Love bassist Ken Forssi died of a suspected brain tumor at age 54, and Love rhythm guitarist Bryan MacLean died of a heart attack at age 52 (on Christmas!) after a significant struggle with heroin addiction. Then Lee was released, and died of complications from leukemia at age 61.
If Ken Forssi rings a bell for you surf-punks, that's because before Love he played bass for The Surfaris. They were the ones with "Wipe Out