Violet – Hole

Three days now. This Sunday is the end… Everything and everyone should end on a weekend. “And the sky was made of amethyst and all the stars were just like little fish”

Last time I did a Top Ten (with caveats) I was signing off with Queen & David Bowie, Blondie, The Slits, The Specials, Beastie Boys, Kanye West and Iron Maiden. Last time I finished the site on a year end count down I did include Courtney Love’s latest release. It’s possible to do this ending over and over. Endings are easy. It’s the inbetween parts that take their toll.

“And the sky was all violet, I want it again, but violent, more violent, yeah, I’m the one with no soul, one above and one below”

It’s all coming down to this moment. The best thing about being old is you got to see all the cool bands right? There is no rock show more powerful and moving than seeing Hole live. There is no songbook tighter, more effective or more affecting than Hole on record. There is no more magnificent punk rock, grunge, alternative icon rock star than Courtney Love. Sure we can talk of Iggy Pop (I often do) and John Lydon. Of Sid and Nancy (she was in that). Of Kurt and Courtney (she was in that too).

Picking the ultimate Hole song is a close run thing between Doll Parts (I named a chapter in my book after that one) Celebrity Skin, Awful, Miss World, Olympia, Pretty On The Inside. This is powerful & affecting music. And it’s wonderful for dancing to. Exquisite time machine stuff. I’m picking Violet over all the others for deeply personal reasons. I won’t go in to it too much. I’ll just say the time and the place it evokes was heavenly then and heartbreaking now. Time takes its toll. We grow old… or we don’t.

Courtney Love is a perfect rock star in my eyes. Fantastic songs. Genuinely changed the game as she played it. Incredible iconic voice. This band in their prime were fucking amazing. Their prime by the way went from Pretty On The inside to Celebrity Skin. Nobody’s Daughter was a perfectly acceptable postscript. America’s Sweetheart was everything a post Hole Courtney could give her fans. I know she’s not universally loved. Hole divides opinion. Good. Good art should. In or out it doesn’t really matter. We can agree to disagree. I know I’m right. Even if you’re sure I’m completely wrong.

I’m just an old fart with a fat record collection. That shouldn’t be a reason to bang on indefinitely.

“You should learn when to go”

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