Pretty on the Inside

~ Release group by Hole


Pretty on the Inside is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Hole, released on September 17, 1991 in the United States on Caroline Records.[1] Produced by Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, and Gumball frontman Don Fleming, the album was Hole's first major label release after the band's formation in 1989 by singer-songwriter Courtney Love and lead guitarist Eric Erlandson.

The album features distorted and alternating guitar compositions, screaming vocals, "shock value" lyrics, and "sloppy punk ethics", a style which the band would later distance themselves from, opting for a less abrasive sound on their subsequent releases. Love's lyrics on the album are often narrative, graphic, and abstract, detailing issues of violence, self-realization, and womanhood. The record was dedicated to Rob Ritter of the Los Angeles punk rock acts Bags and The Gun Club.

Pretty on the Inside was well received by alternative music critics, garnering favorable reviews in Spin, NME, and The Village Voice. It received considerable commercial success in the United Kingdom, where the record's lead single, "Teenage Whore," entered the UK Indie Chart at number one in September 1991. It has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States and gained a contemporary cult following among punk rock fans, and has been cited as a seminal influence for songwriters and musicians such as Brody Dalle and Scout Niblett. Despite its critical acclaim, frontwoman Courtney Love has, in later years, referred to the album as "unlistenable." An LP version of the album was reissued in the United States in August 2011 to celebrate its twentieth anniversary.

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Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Pretty on the Inside CD 10 Caroline Records (US pseudo-indie label) CAROL 1710-2 017046171021
Pretty on the Inside CD 11 City Slang SLANG 012 0718750407122
Pretty on the Inside CD 11 Caroline Records (US pseudo-indie label) 040712


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