1990's alt-rock band Hole returned last week with a new record, their first since 1998 before the group took an extended sabbatical so lead singer Courtney Love could focus on bad parenting and serving as a punch line and tabloid fodder. Hole, in the 1990's, were an impressive alternative rock band with Love's over sized personality and raw emotion driving the engine and raw venom dripping lyrics elevating the material. The fact that Love always seemed to be teetering somewhere between overdose and mental breakdown gave the band that sense of danger, spontaneity and spark. Their 1994 release 'Live Through This' is one of the better rock albums of the decade, in my opinion. Ultimately the band - which has had enough members to put Spinal Tap to shame - split when it became increasingly obvious that Miss Love didn't quite have her shit together and perhaps her career was the least of her concerns. After years experimenting with acting - and I suspect a lot of drugs - Love issued a solo record titled 'America's Sweetheart' that might as well have been called 'Hot Mess' cause it played up the drug addled whack job persona that the tabloid media had presented of her. The album, overall, felt disingenuous, as if she wrote music for that "character." The album also musically seemed unsure of what it wanted to be. In short, it was an underwhelming effort, and when she labored for years on the follow up, she really didn't seem like an artist to concern yourself with anymore. As Axl Rose has proven, fans will only wait so long for that much ballyhooed follow up before they just don't care. When Love finally did return to the studio and began recording her next solo project, to be titled 'Nobody's Daughter,' it barely registered a blip on my pop culture radar. However, that would soon change when I learned, in an article in NME, that Love had announced a Hole reunion that would apparently follow her new solo record.
Pretty lame, Courtney.