Singled Out: Adler's The One That You Hate
This was actually one of the first songs that Lonny and I co-wrote together. I had the music and verses laying around for a while, but couldn't quite nail the chorus. One day we were sitting in Lonny's office and I played him the song in it's original form. When I got to the chorus, Lonny started singing "I'm the one that you hated / the one you didn't want to believe. I thought it was great! We immediately finished the song, recorded a demo, and took it to Steven. Lonny and I have a great chemistry together, so it just flowed naturally.
The lyrics are about two people that are no good for each other, but for whatever reason won't break up. I've seen it a million times over the years. Maybe it's the sex, maybe it's the convenience, maybe they're just scared to move on and start over, but a lot of people seem to be attracted to the people that they hate. Love and hate are intimately linked within the human brain.
This was one of the last songs that we recorded for the album even though we wrote it early on. One night Slash was at the studio and we played him a couple of the songs. When this song started playing, he was grinning ear to ear, so we knew either it's a kick ass song or it's so bad we're making him laugh. A few days later John 5 from Rob Zombie's band came to the studio and listened to some songs. He had the same reaction and stopped us after the first chorus and said "That's It! That's your first single!"