Isolated Mic Exposes Courtney Love’s Earsplitting Guitar Playing

Courtney Love is on the cover of the new issue of Paper Magazine, and in the accompanying interview, she discusses the possibility of reuniting the classic Hole lineup in 2015 — something she had gone back and forth on earlier this year. That lineup hasn’t played together since the release of Hole’s great 1998 album, Celebrity Skin, an album that came up yesterday, when videographer J.M. Ladd posted on YouTube some footage of a more recent, non-classic incarnation of Hole playing Celebrity Skin’s title track at NYC venue Don Hill’s in September 2010. Of course, while you can see the whole band playing, the only person you can hear is Love, whose guitar and vocal tracks are isolated in the mix. Explains Hill:

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.

When you watch the video, the first thing you will notice is that Courtney is barely playing guitar, and when she does play, it is … not the right notes? Not all the notes? Not actually notes or even music? The second thing you’ll notice is her voice, which, frankly, sounds pretty good, much better than I expected it to! Then, you can compare the isolated-mic footage with the full-performance footage of the same song and see how much Courtney’s band is picking up her slack. My two cents: Big fuckin’ deal, her guitar is a prop. Better than Sid Vicious, whose bass wasn’t even plugged in at Pistols shows and he didn’t even know it. But still … maybe she’d be better off unplugging that thing, too. Watch both vids below.

(Via Noisey.)