Courtney Love – “You Know My Name” Video

For all the insane bullshit she’s somehow associated with — voluntarily or otherwise — it’s really refreshing to be talking about Courtney Love, Musician, for a change. It would be unfair to overpraise her new double A-side single (it’s two songs, not Live Through This) but for what it is, I’d absolutely call the thing a triumph. I really like both halves, especially “You Know My Name,” which recaptures the fury and charm of Courtney at her mid-’90s musical apex, but also feels like the work of a wiser, funnier, cannier artist. Anyway, today she’s released a video to go with “You Know My Name,” and while any single wardrobe item in this thing probably costs more than the entire production run of her new record, it’s a fitting representation of both singer and song. Directed by Maximilla Lukacs, the clip features a heavily made-up C-Lo trashing a hotel room in decidedly grand fashion — it looks and feels a bit like Sofia Coppola’s ravishing, dreamlike Marie Antoinette. Check it out.