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Throughout Hole's career, vocalist/guitarist Courtney Love's notorious public image has overshadowed her band's music. In their original incarnation, Hole was one of the noisiest, most abrasive alternative bands performing in the early '90s. By the time of their second album, 1994's Live Through This, the band had smoothed out many of their rougher edges, also adding more melodies and hooks to their songwriting. Through both versions of Hole, Love's combative, assaultive persona permeated the group's music and lyrics, giving the band a tense, unpredictable edge even at their quietest moments. Love formed Hole in Los Angeles in 1989, recruiting guitarist Eric Erlandson through a newspaper ad. Love had played with numerous bands before Hole, including early versions of both Babes in Toyland and Faith No More. Erlandson and Love eventually drafted bassist Jill Emery and drummer Caroline Rue into the band, recording their first album with producer Kim Gordon, the bassist for Sonic Youth. The violent and uncompromising Pretty on the Inside, Hole's debut record, was released on Caroline Records in 1991 to numerous positive reviews, especially in the British weekly music press. In early 1992, Courtney Love married Kurt Cobain, the lead singer/songwriter of Nirvana. For a couple of months, the couple was the king and queen of the new rock world; soon, that world came crashing in. Cobain became addicted to heroin and the couple fought to keep custody of their baby after a piece in Vanity Fair accused Love of shooting heroin while pregnant, charges which she vehemently denied at the time; she would later admit that she had taken small quantities of the drug. By 1993, their private world had settled down somewhat, with Cobain and Love recording new albums with their respective bands. Halfway through 1993, Love reassembled Hole with Erlandson, adding bassist Kristen M. Pfaff and drummer Patty Schemel. Hole was set to release their first major-label album, the more pop-oriented Live Through This, on DGC Records in April of 1994. Advance word on the album was overwhelmingly positive, with many critics calling it one of the best records of the year. Four days before the album was released, Kurt Cobain's body was discovered in the couple's Seattle home; he had died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound three days before. Two months after Cobain's death, Kristen M. Pfaff was found dead of a heroin overdose in a Seattle apartment, with rumors swirling that Love (understandably distraught over the recent tragedies) was abusing the drug as well. Two months later, Hole began touring again, with bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur taking Pfaff's place. "Doll Parts" was released as a single late in 1994, climbing into the Top 60 by the beginning of 1995. Live Through This topped many critics' polls at the end of the year, including Rolling Stone and the Village Voice. Shortly thereafter, Hole toured with the fifth Lollapalooza tour, staying on the road for the remainder of the year. Despite all the hardships, the album became the group's commercial breakthrough, spawning several MTV/radio hits and being certified platinum early the following year. The band went on an extended hiatus afterwards, during which time many assumed the band had broken up when it appeared that Love was focusing more on her burgeoning acting career (Feeling Minnesota, The People vs. Larry Flynt) than music. To satisfy their fans' demand for new music, two rarities collections were issued -- the 1995 EP Ask for It and the 1997 import My Body, the Hand Grenade. After numerous delays, the band finally regrouped to work on a follow-up to Live Through This, with longtime friend Billy Corgan signed on to be a musical consultant. The album was finally issued in September of 1998 to favorable reviews, but Schemel left the band (for reasons unknown) around the same time. Former drummer for New York City alt-rockers Shift, Samantha Maloney, filled the vacant slot as the group embarked on their first substantial tour in two years. By the tour's completion, Auf Der Maur had left to join the Smashing Pumpkins, while Maloney eventually served as a stand-in drummer for Mötley Crüe. Even though Skin was certified platinum shortly after its release, Love was unhappy with the way the album was handled by her record company and felt stifled by her contract, eventually bringing a lawsuit against the Universal Music Group trying to terminate her contract (she still owes five more albums under her current agreement), so she can release music via the Internet. The future of Hole became even more uncertain in early 2001, when Love announced plans to launch a new outfit, called Bastard. Signing with Epitaph, the band consisted of Love, former Veruca Salt guitarist Louise Post, former Rockit Girl bassist Gina Crosley, and to the delight of longtime Hole fans, Schemel is back on drums. In typical Love style, this lineup eventually dissolved into only her and Schemel and the group essentially broke up before it even began. Despite the lack of any substancial project, Love finally announced the end of Hole in May of 2002. Unlike her often bitter press situations, she claimed that the situation was friendly and she would still remain friends with the previous members of the band. Love released her first solo album, America's Sweetheart, in 2004. The following year she began working on new songs, despite battling an alleged eating disorder and a stay in rehab after violating her probation by using drugs. Working with artists including producer Linda Perry, Billy Corgan and guitarist Micko Larkin, formerly of Larrikin Love, the album Nobody's Daughter began to take shape over 2006 and 2007. In mid-2009, Love announced that Nobody's Daughter would in fact be a Hole album. She began promoting the album in earnest in early 2010, performing shows in Europe and the U.S. -- including gigs at the South by Southwest Festival and on The Late Show with David Letterman -- before its release. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato
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  1.   Song
  2.   Celebrity Skin
  3.   Violet
  4.   Doll Parts
  5.   Miss World
  6.   Malibu
  7.   Plump
  8.   Retard Girl
  9.   Clouds
  10.   Rock Star
  11.   Asking for It
  12.   Best Sunday Dress
  13.   Teenage Whore
  14.   Pretty on the Inside
  15.   Someone Else's Bed
  16.   Gutless
  17.   Drown Soda
  18.   You Know You're Right
  19.   I Think That I Would Die
  20.   She Walks on Me
  21.   Softer, Softest
  22.   Turpentine
  23.   Reasons to Be Beautiful
  24.   Credit in the Straight World
  25.   Babydoll
  26.   Sugar Coma
  27.   Teenage Whore (At Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Ca. September 11th, 1994)
  28.   He Hit Me (jam) / Best Sunday Dress [At Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca. December 9th, 1994]
  29.   Plump (At Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca. December 9th, 1994)
  30.   Never Go Hungry
  31.   How Dirty Girls Get Clean
  32.   Loser Dust
  33.   Letter to God
  34.   For Once in Your Life
  35.   Samantha
  36.   Pacific Coast Highway
  37.   Honey
  38.   Nobody's Daughter
  39.   Skinny Little Bitch
  40.   Be a Man
  41.   Jennifer's Body
  42.   Phonebill Song
  43.   Petals
  44.   Heaven Tonight
  45.   Boys On the Radio
  46.   Northern Star
  47.   Dying
  48.   Awful
  49.   Beautiful Son
  50.   Dicknail
  51.   Garbage Man
  52.   Sassy
  53.   Good Sister/Bad Sister
  54.   Mrs. Jones
  55.   Berry
  56.   Loaded
  57.   Starbelly
  58.   Pretty on the Inside/Clouds
  59.   Radio intro / Good King Wenceslaus (At Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca. December 9th, 1994)
  60.   My Beautiful Son (At Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Ca. September 11th, 1994)
  61.   Asking for It (At Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca. December 9th, 1994)
  62.   Asking for It (At Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Ca. September 11th, 1994)
  63.   Use Once & Destroy
  64.   Hungry Like the Wolf (At Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Ca. September 11th, 1994)
  65.   Plump (At Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Ca. September 11th, 1994)
  66.   Sugar Coma (Reprise) / Radio Outro [At Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca. December 9th, 1994]
  67.   Doll Parts (At Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca. December 9th, 1994)
  68.   Hungry Like the Wolf (At Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca. December 9th, 1994)
  69.   Miss World / We Three Kings (At Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca. December 9th, 1994)
  70.   Sugar Coma (At Community Theater, Berkeley, Ca. December 9th, 1994)
  71.   Johnnies in the Bathroom
  72.   Playing Your Song
  73.   Miss World (At Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, Ca. September 11th, 1994)
  74.   Hit So Hard

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