Big Fat Love was formed in Manhattan in 1984 by singer/guitarist John Berry, who three years earlier co-founded the Beastie Boys; also comprising bassist Bosco, guitarist Eric Hubel and drummer Michael Diamond -- a.k.a. the Beasties' Mike D. -- the group's earliest incarnation proved short-lived as Diamond exited soon after. Berry was the next to go, and with the addition of vocalist Tom Cushman and drummer Erik Talbert, Big Fat Love forged ahead, opening a series of dates for Big Audio Dynamite in 1987; B.A.D. frontman Mick Jones subsequently agreed to produce a session for the band, but after recording three tracks Bosco relocated to the tropics, effectively dissolving the group. When Bosco returned to New York in the early 1990s, he attempted to regroup Big Fat Love, finally convincing the other members to record new material under the auspices of the Beasties' Adam Yauch; the resulting LP, Hell House, soon followed on Grand Royal.