The story goes something like this.
A band forms and they play the LA scene. They can’t get a US deal but they end up getting a deal to release albums in the Japanese market. They do two albums on the Japanese deal and then their guitarist leaves to join another project which is just kick starting.
The band calls it quits only to reappear a few years later on a US label “Pasha”, with only the singer left from the original band.
In order to participate in this new scene, the singer signs a deal with the label which gave the bulk of the publishing and royalty payments to the label.
Because when you have nothing, you will sign anything just to have a chance to do what you love for a living. And he wasn’t the only one. Many artists signed deals that benefited the labels a lot more than the artists. And today, these kind of “bad” artist deals still exist.
To everyone’s surprise, the album goes to Number 1, on the back of a cover song, which wasn’t really a hit for the original artist who wrote it, but suddenly, its huge. And all the monies went to the label and the producer and the original song writers. Despite selling millions of physical product throughout the years, the singer died with huge debts and was almost broke.
But as he said once upon a time, “when push comes to shove, I get to do what I love for a living”.
And that my friends, is the brief, short story of Kevin DuBrow. He got to do what he loved and others got wealthy.