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Defending my girl Courtney

Some sound guy isolated Courtney Love's vocals and guitar during a live Hole show...and surprise! It sounds terrible!

Well, no shit Sherlock it sounds terrible. She's not an entire band. There are different acoustics. Studio versions always sound different. And to be completely fair, if you've ever actually listened to a Hole song, she doesn't sound that much different. Her vocals are supposed to raw and always have been raw.


I'm not by any means suggesting that Courtney Love is a good person, the perfect parent, a role model, great musician or whatever the fuck else. However, the kind of vitriol this woman receives on a daily basis is ridiculous. Who ever talks about how Kurt Cobain was ALSO a heroin addict and killed himself leaving behind his wife and child. No-fucking-body.

"It wasn't that I saw Courtney Love as a role model. Even through the self-pitying opacity of my adolescent angst it was fairly clear to me that she had some pretty serious emotional problems, to say the least. But in the early nineties, emotional problems were de rigueur, and I couldn't help but feel that Courtney had gotten a bit of a raw deal in the public imagination. Yes, she was an opportunist. Yes, she probably had a personality disorder. Yes, she had used heroin while pregnant (allegedly!) But what about the man who (allegedly!) had used heroin right along with her all that time? The tortured, unstable, desperately unhappy man who had now departed the planet, leaving her alone with a baby, a drug problem, and an army of maniacal fans screaming for her blood? Wasn't it his kid, his problem, hislife too?

"It took a special kind of guts to be a fuck-up as a woman, I thought. To say to hell with being a nice girl, the responsible one, the one who makes sure the man takes care of himself and eats properly and doesn't take too many drugs. To be just as nihilistic and self-destructive as a man, knowing all along that you'll get crucified for it, because somehow, the world will make everything your fault. He'll be a martyr, and you'll be a succubus. He'll be a genius, and you'll be a groupie. He'll be a hero, and you'll be an ugly fat crack whore who deserves to die."

— Rachel Shukert, "Nice Girls"


Also, what the fuck do you expect Courtney Love to sound like live? Have you ever even heard Pretty on the Inside? I'm going to go ahead and say she probably sounds more true to the studio version of the song than say someone like Britney Spears does. Punk/grunge/riot girl isn't supposed to sound clean or pretty. That's the goddamn point. I mean, Johnny Lydon is a terrible fucking singer, BUT THAT'S THE POINT.

/rant over.

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