Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: grunge female vocalists rock alternative alternative rock riot grrrl 90s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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US alternative rock band fronted by the effervescent Courtney Love (Courtney Michelle Harrison, 9 July 1964, San Francisco, California, USA; vocals/guitar). An ex-stripper and actress, who had minor roles in Alex Cox’s Sid And Nancy and Straight To Hell, and participated in formative line-ups of Babes In Toyland and Faith No More in an incarnation that only reached the rehearsal stage, Love formed Hole in 1989 with Caroline Rue (drums), Jill Emery (bass) and Eric Erlandson (b. 9 January 1963, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), following encouragement from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. The band quickly produced a trio of fine singles; ‘Retard Girl’, ‘Dicknail’, and ‘Teenage Whore’, which were pointed and unsettling dirges, set in a grimly sexual lyrical environment. Favourable UK press coverage, in particular from the Melody Maker’s Everett True, helped make Hole one of the most promising new bands of 1991.

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