Oh Courtney Love…
You may know her simply as Kurt Cobain‘s widow, or you may know her as the frontwoman of Hole… But more recently, you probably know her as a bit of a shit disturber.
Now there have been theories floating around for 20 years that she was involved in Cobain’s death in some form or another. Though it was officially ruled a suicide, there were obviously some hard feelings between love and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl after the fact, which manifested themselves as a big, long, dramatic feud over the rights to Nirvana’s music and finances after Cobain’s death.
You may even remember the time Love accused Grohl of hitting on and possibly sleeping with her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Obviously this turned out to be false, and Love apologized over Twitter.
It seems like Love and Grohl have buried the hatchet, however. They shared a hug earlier this year at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
And now the two were spotted laughing and hugging together at a party in New York on Monday.
A witness told the newspaper: “Courtney and Dave were nose-to-nose at the table in the back, laughing, crying and hugging. It’s nice to see those two burying the hatchet for real.
“Courtney doesn’t really drink, but she and Dave did tequila shots. They were very intense with each other. People were surprised … Michael Stipe looked like he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
“Then Courtney and Dave were heard making a 10-grand bet on who could get the most strippers at Scores,” the source said, referring to a local strip club.
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) October 14, 2014
It’s great to see that Love and Grohl have made amends. Now that that’s out of the way, it might be time for Love (and the rest of Hole) to make amends with someone else. See, there’s a sound engineer out there who was hired to record Hole’s set one night 4 years ago. After the show, he was left with a bunch of audio and an invoice that nobody wanted. So what does the sound guy who didn’t get paid do? He posts a video of the band playing Celebrity Skin with only the audio from Courtney Love’s vocals and guitar… And it’s a little cringe-worthy.
From sound engineer J.M. Ladd:
I was hired through the venue to record this show (including many others throughout that week) and was then left standing with a hard drive and an invoice no one seemed to want. Four years later I still have the files and not really any idea what to do with them. But I like to share. So here we are.
What you are hearing are just Courtney’s isolated vocal and guitar mics (with the obvious bleed from the rest of the band). I’ve muted everything else. This video I’ve borrowed from elsewhere on youtube and in trying to sync up my own audio I realized they were a little sloppy with their edit. But you get the idea.
To address the most obvious, inevitable question that I will be asked…this is not fake. Whether you think she’s the worst or this just makes her all the more “punk rock” is for you to decide. I’m merely presenting the facts as they are. Make of them what you will.
So, without further ado… The video!
If you don’t see anything here, it’s because it’s been removed due to complaints.
Now the vocals are okay, maybe “meh” at best, but at least she’s on key. The guitar, however, is the big thing that jumped out at me. First off, I wondered why she was even bothering to play a guitar, when there’s two other guitarists on stage. And what the hell is she playing? It almost sounds like she’s playingGuitar Hero and hitting none of the notes at times. Is it the guitar, or her? I’m assuming Hole has at least one guitar technician to ensure the guitars are all in tune. Maybe she beat the living piss out of that thing to the point where it was ridiculously out of tune. Or maybe she’s just not great at hitting the notes she needs to be.
For a little comparison, the sound engineer also released the same video mixed with the whole band’s audio, and took Love’s guitar completely out of the mix. It sounds considerably better.
I know, I know. It’s unreasonable to expect one person to sound as good as an entire band… But I really don’t think it’s too much to ask someone who’s playing sparse power chords to at least hit the proper power chords.
I guess that’s why you always treat the sound guy well.