Category: hole

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Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love photographed by Dora Handel, 1992. 

On this day in music history: April 12, 1994 – “Live Through This”, the second album by Hole is released. Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade, it is recorded at Triclops Sound Studios in Marietta, GA from October 8 – 30, 1993. The follow up to the band’s acclaimed debut “Pretty On The Inside”, the band work with Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade (Pixies, Dinosaur Jr.). The album sees them shifting to a more accessible sound but maintaining their punk and noise rock roots. Released one week after the death of Courtney Love’s husband Kurt Cobain, it is a critical and commercial success, spinning off three singles including “Miss World” and “Doll Parts”. Rumors persist after the albums release and for many years afterward, that Cobain actually wrote all of the songs. This is vehemently denied by everyone associated with the making of the album. The albums memorable cover art features a photo of model Leilani Bishop dressed as a beauty pageant contestant, with mascara running down her face from crying. The back cover features a childhood photo of Courtney Love, with the albums individual titles written on Dymo labeling tape. “Live Through This” peaks at number fifty two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Courtney Love photographed by Kevin Cummins, March 1993. 

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Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love photographed by Michael Levine, 1992.

On this day in music history: September 8, 1998 – “Celebrity Skin”, the third album by Hole is released. Produced by Michael Beinhorn and Eric Erlandson, it is recorded at Conway Studios, Record Plant West in Los Angeles, CA, Quad Studios in New York City and Olympic Studios in London from April 1997 – February 1998. The album marks a departure from the bands previously abrasive noise and grunge influenced material toward a more radio friendly sound. The band hire former Material keyboardist Michael Beinhorn best known for his work with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soul Asylum, Soundgarden as well as jazz musician Herbie Hancock. The album is the first to feature bassist Melissa Auf der Maur (replacing Kristen Pfaff after dying of a heroin overdose in 1994). Though credited in the liner notes and featured on the album cover, drummer Patty Schemel does not actually play on the album, being replaced with studio drummer Deen Castronovo (Ozzy Osbourne, Journey, Bad English). The reason for her lack of participation is that Schemel is strung out on drugs, and her playing is not up to par during the sessions. This creates friction between Schemel and the other members, leading to her eventually quitting the band. The title track (#1 Modern Rock) written by Courtney Love, Erlandson and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, quickly becomes a hit on modern rock radio and MTV. The album is well received by critics and fans alike, becoming Hole’s most successful release. It spins off three singles including “Malibu” (#3 Modern Rock) and the title track (#1 Modern Rock). Originally issued on vinyl on a limited basis in 1998, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Music On Vinyl in 2014. Along with the standard black vinyl pressing, “Skin” is also issued as a limited edition numbered pressing, on yellow and red “flame” colored vinyl. “Celebrity Skin” peaks at number nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love with their daughter Frances Bean Cobain at the MTV Video Music Awards

on September 9, 1992. 

Photos by Kevin Mazur

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Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love photographed by Dora Handel, 1992. 

On this day in music history: April 12, 1994 – “Live Through This”, the second album by Hole is released. Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade, it is recorded at Triclops Sound Studios in Marietta, GA from October 8 – 30, 1993. The follow up to the band’s acclaimed debut “Pretty On The Inside”, the band work with Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade (Pixies, Dinosaur Jr.). The album sees them shifting to a more accessible sound but maintaining their punk and noise rock roots. Released one week after the death of Courtney Love’s husband Kurt Cobain, it is a critical and commercial success, spinning off three singles including “Miss World” and “Doll Parts”. Rumors persist after the albums release and for many years afterward, that Cobain actually wrote all of the songs. This is vehemently denied by everyone associated with the making of the album. The albums memorable cover art features a photo of model Leilani Bishop dressed as a beauty pageant contestant, with mascara running down her face from crying. The back cover features a childhood photo of Courtney Love, with the albums individual titles written on Dymo labeling tape. “Live Through This” peaks at number fifty two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.