Love would know, having stripped for a living before the band broke big, having made a career of, among other things, being looked at.
As much as it concerns trauma and misogyny, Live Through This , like all great rock records, quakes with desire. Love deciphers what it means to be an object of desire, but she also plays a woman who wants ravenously. She would not be a vessel or a muse. Her husband did not cast her in the drama of his life. She wanted him and chased him down, and then she wanted their child, and she believed that her desire mattered, that it had substance. Doll Parts. Credit in the Straight World.
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Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. They are overfed. A song entitled "Rock Star" was originally slated to close the album, but a last-minute decision was made to replace the track with "Olympia". Since the artwork had already been printed, however, the title of "Rock Star" remained and was also used for further releases. The track lyrically mocks the riot grrrl music scene of the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington , criticizing "the hive mind of the Olympia scenester In summarizing the record's themes, Spin noted:.
Live Through This is both a scruffier and more commercial record than Pretty on the Inside. The angsty rants of yore remain, but they're decorated with a lot more poetry. Milk as in mother's is a recurring motif, as is dismemberment. Female victimization remains the overall theme, this time depersonalized into odd, accusatory mini-narratives in which a variety of female characters receive the protection of Love's tense, manic-depressive singing.
Hers is a natural songwriting talent, full of excellent instincts, and yet wildly unsophisticated. Fashion model Leilani Bishop is shown on the cover of the album, shot by photographer Ellen von Unwerth , dressed in beauty pageant attire with a tiara and a bouquet of flowers, with mascara running down her eyes in tears of joy.
I have hemorrhoid cream under my eyes and adhesive tape on my butt, and I had to scratch and claw and fuck my way up, but I won Miss Congeniality! The back cover of the album features a family photo of Courtney Love during her childhood in Springfield, Oregon ,  with the individual track listings appearing to the right, printed on embossing tape.
Music scholar Ronald Lankford commented on the contrast between the images on the front and back cover, interpreting the back image of Love as symbolizing the "antithesis of the contest winner on the cover. The young girl, then, seems to represent femininity in its natural state, before the fall of adolescence. The album debuted on the U. Billboard at number As of , the album had sold more than 1. It has also achieved platinum status in Canada and Australia.
In June , just before Hole was scheduled to embark on an international tour to support the album, bassist Pfaff was found dead in her Seattle apartment of a heroin overdose. Following the album's release, rumors began circulating alleging that Love's recently-deceased husband, Cobain, had ghostwritten some of the songs.
In a Time magazine piece, it was noted that "[the rumors] started immediately that it was Cobain, not his wife, Courtney Love, who wrote the majority of these churningly catchy songs. Forget that there's no proof, that their marriage was collaborative and that it's a nasty thing to say, Live Through This is clearly a woman's work [and is] far more swaggering than any album any grunge man ever came up with.
Love adds her signature rage and feminist rhetoric to the formula. Love made several responses to the songwriting allegations, first in "All this time I have never addressed this. That's the first thing. I was really competing with Kurt. And that's why it always offends me when people would say, "Oh, he wrote Live Through This. It was too Yoko [Ono] for me. It's like, "No fucking way, man! I've got a good band, I don't fucking need your help. Cross conducted interviews with everyone associated with the making of the record, and found that all parties agreed that Love and Erlandson wrote the songs.
In their review, Rolling Stone noted that "Love delivers punk not only as insinuating as Nirvana's but as corrosive as the Sex Pistols '. More significantly, Live Through This may be the most potent blast of female insurgency ever committed to tape.
She has charisma and attitude to burn, and she knows it. In The Village Voice , Robert Christgau noted the album's less caustic sound but praised Love's songwriting: "Punk aesthetic or no punk aesthetic, Courtney Love's songs wouldn't be compromised and might be deepened by steeper momentum and more articulate guitar noise.
But they prevail anyway. Their focus is sexual exploitation, and not just by the media, evil straights , and male predators of every cultural orientation. She's also exploited by Courtney Love, and not only does she know it, she thinks about it. Musician Magazine wrote, "[Kurt] Cobain's much-discussed, little heard other half finally gets the chance to escape gossip-column purgatory and succeeds with flying colors Courtney Love's foul, funny eloquence Thankfully, with every year that passes, it becomes easier to put the record's emotional baggage to one side and appraise it on the strength of its songs.
AllMusic praised the "raw pain" of the lyrics and described the album as an attempt to "compete in the commercial alternative rock arena", stating that notwithstanding the lyrical rawness, " Live Through This rarely sounds raw because of the shiny production and the carefully considered dynamics.
Despite this flaw, the album retains its power because it was one of the few records patterned on Nevermind that gets the formula right, with a set of gripping hooks and melodies that retain their power even if they follow the predictable grunge pattern.Aug 17, · Hole / Live Through This Fan Post by Valerie Lopez It is hard to listen to Hole’s album and disconnect the lead singer, Courtney Love, from the complicated history with Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. That is a truism if you were a consumer of music in the s. Millennials might have a different relationship to this [ ].