Hole - Nobody's Daughter

There’s been a fair bit of skepticism and controversy around this “Hole” reboot, the band’s ninth lineup and one which features Courtney Love as its sole original member. But it’s really happening: We’ve heard the surprisingly successful alt.rock slab of “Skinny Little Bitch,” and since then Hole 9.0 has been doing the promotional rounds to prep the launch of Nobody’s Daughter: playing sets down at SXSW, performing “Samantha” for Jonathan Ross, and on. “Samantha”’s not new — co-written by Linda Perry and Billy Corgan, the song’s been on Love’s setlists since ’07, originally slated for a solo album that never happened. (Corgan’s since removed himself from the project — a distance Courtney’s tried to close via Facebook.)¬†Politics and history aside, “Samantha”’s final studio iteration on its own terms is a scorching and vindictive anthem for fucked-over victims, laced with crotch-empowered metaphors (“watch her wrap her legs around this world”) and spitfire slammery (“If you were on fire I would bring the kerosene / And that’s how much I hate / And I hate what you have said to me”).¬†The family friendly refrain delivered via striated sing-scream: “People like you fuck people like me in order to avoid agony / to avoid suffering.” “Samantha” came during Hole’s (great) SXSW set Stubb’s with a long-distance dedication: “Trent Reznor, 1994, stick that up your ass.” On that note, please enjoy the world premiere of Courtney Love’s custom-built Nine Inch Nails anal suppository:

Nobody’s Daughter is out 4/27. Hai, Courtney.

Hole Press Photo 2010

Comments (14)
  1. Not feeling this one at ALL because it sounds overly worked and overly produced. The previous versions were much better.

  2. I loved it! Pretty hard rock with attitude and strong lyrics and riffs!
    It’s going to take over, just like Skinny Little Bitch did!

    Cheers to everyone and thank you stereogum for the release!

  3. Surprisingly good track! Photoshop is awesome!

  4. it sounds great…but her voice is kind going

  5. Her voice is very Marianne Faithfull sounding these days, but this song is surprisingly catchy. I like it, and I didn’t think I would.

  6. Sounds too safe for me. Where did all the power from the demo go?

  7. bloody awful song but great work in photoshop!!

  8. It feels out of date, and too much like every other Hole song. Ok, but not anything wonderful.

  9. It’s absolutely amazing….I love it and this entire album is going to rock everyone’s world!!!!!

  10. It sounds like previous Hole without the all the power. This is too pop-y for my tastes. I’ll stick with the likes of Live Through This.

  11. OMG —- I love every version of it —- This song ROCKS —- So Haunting to me Samantha, Samantha will you every learn…

    PEACE, LOVE, HAPPINESS

    Mike

  12. Billy Corgan, Linda Perry, Courtney Love AND THIS IS WHAT WE GET?

  13. I’ve always dug Courtney Love and I’m sorta happy she resurrected the “Hole” moniker for this new album. Sounds really promising so far.

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