There is a lot surrounding Hole‘s second album, Live Through This that came out in 1994. A lot of history, a lot of controversy and so many great lines. It came out a week after Kurt Cobain died and just a few months before bassist, Kristen Pfaff’s death in June. While still a strong rock album, it was less abrasive than Hole’s first album Pretty on the Inside released in 1991. It received more critical claim and really launched Hole into rockstar status.
A long time ago I read Poppy Z. Brite’s book, Courtney Love: The Real Story which gave some insight into Love’s life from childhood up to the writing and release of Live Through This. Taken with a grain of salt, it still gives quite a lot of context to the lyrics throughout the album. A lot of Live Through This was written while Love was pregnant with Frances. Here are 7 of my favorites that I think appropriately represent Courtney Love, her life and her wittiness.
1.”Miss World” – “I’m Miss World, somebody kill me.”
2. “Violet” – “I want to give the violent more violets.”
3. “Jennifer’s Body” – “My better half has bitten me.”
4.”Gutless” – “I don’t really miss God, but I sure miss Santa Claus.”
5.”Asking For It” – “If you live through this with me I swear that I would die for you.”
6. “Plump” – “Like a liar at a witch trial, you look good for your age.”
7. “Doll Parts” – “I want to be the girl with the most cake/I love him so much it just turns to hate/I fake it so real I am beyond fake/And someday, you will ache like I ache.”