Love & Special Sauce is an alternative hip-hop band from
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are known for their unique, 'sloppy', and
'laid back' blues sound that encompasses classic R&B. The band features
Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love, Jeffrey Clemens on drums, Mark
Boyce on keyboards, and Timo Shanko on bass.
The band formed in January 1993 when Dutton was performing at a Boston bar,
The Tam O'Shanter. Here he met drummer Jeffrey Clemens. Dutton and Clemens
began working as a duo, and were joined a few months later by bassist Jim
Prescott and became the house band at The Plough and Stars in Cambridge,
Massachusetts. In 1994, they released their self titled debut album on Okeh
Records. On the strength of the single 'Cold Beverage', due in part to the
song's rotation on MTV, the album nearly went gold. After which, trying to
capitalize on the success of the album, the group toured heavily, eventually
landing a spot on the H.O.R.D.E. tour.
In 1995, they released their follow-up album Coast to Coast Motel. Although
it did not sell as well as the first album, it is considered by many critics
as the stronger of the two. On tour following the release of the second
album, the group nearly broke up, due to disagreements about the group's
finances. Deciding on a hiatus the three members went their separate ways,
working on various side projects.
By October 1997 the group had reconciled their differences and released
their third album, Yeah, It's That Easy, which along with their own work,
showcased their collaboration with several other bands and musicians,
including All Fellas Band, Philly Cartel, King's Court, and
Dr. John. This soul-influenced album was more
similar to their debut album than their previous release.
Soon after G. Love & Special Sauce set out on another world tour, returning
to Philadelphia in 1999 for the release of their fourth album,
Philadelphonic. Philadelphonic was followed up with Electric Mile in 2001,
an album that shows the wide-ranging influences of the trio, incorporating
hip-hop, funk, psychedelica, blues, and soul in equal and ambitious measure.
Ever the road band, Mile was followed by extensive touring. During this time
they performed as the house band for Comedy Central's show Turn Ben Stein
On, which ran from 1999-2001.
In summer 2005, the band featured in an advertisement for the launch of
Coca-Cola Zero, featuring the group's own unique version of the noted
Coca-Cola advertising song 'I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing'. On June
24, 2008, Superhero Brother was released. On January 15, 2009, G. Love
announced on the band's website that bassist Jimi 'Jazz' Prescott is no
longer a member of the band.