Hole (American alternative rock band)

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Hole was an American alternative rock band formed by singer and guitarist Courtney Love and lead guitarist Eric Erlandson in Los Angeles, California in 1989. Influenced by Los Angeles' punk rock scene, and produced by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, the band's debut album, Pretty on the Inside (1991), attracted critical interest from British and American alternative press. Their second album, Live Through This, released 1994 by DGC Records, which featured less aggressive melodies and more restrained lyrical content, was widely acclaimed and reached platinum status within a year of its release. Their third album, Celebrity Skin (1998), which garnered them four Grammy nominations, marked a notable departure from their earlier punk influences, boasting a more commercially viable, "mature" sound.

The band had a revolving line-up of bassists and drummers, their most prolific being drummer Patty Schemel, and bassists Kristen Pfaff (d. 1994) and Melissa Auf der Maur. In 2002 the group disbanded to pursue other projects. Eight years later in 2010, Hole was reformed by Love with new members, despite Erlandson's claim that the reformation breached a mutual contract he had with Love. The reformed band released the album Nobody's Daughter (2010), which had originally been conceived as Love's second solo album. In 2013, Love retired the Hole name, releasing new material and touring as a solo artist.

Hole has been noted for being one of the most commercially successful female-fronted rock bands of all time, selling over three million records in the United States alone and having a far-reaching influence on contemporary female artists. Music and feminist scholars have also recognized the band as the most high-profile musical group of the 1990s to discuss gender issues in their songs, due to Love's aggressive and violent lyrical content, which often addressed themes of body image, abuse, and sexual exploitation.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Pretty on the Inside Hole 4.65 4
1994 Live Through This Hole 4.75 8
1998 Celebrity Skin Hole 4 10
2010 Nobody’s Daughter Hole 3.65 3
Unplugged and Unloved Hole 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 My Body, the Hand Grenade Hole 4 1
2004 My Beautiful Song Hole 3 1
Courtney Act Hole 1
Rumors, Lies, and Media Rape Hole 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Kiss Away the Darkest Day Hole 1
1994 MTV Unplugged Hole 1
1994 MTV Unplugged and Even More Hole 1
1995 Plugged and Unplugged Hole 1
1995 Riot Girls Hole 1
1996 Hole Hole 1
1999 1999-01-24: Big Day Out Festival: Sydney, Australia Hole 1
1999 1999-05-09: Atlanta, GA, USA Hole 1
1999 Don't Get Mad Get Even Hole 1
1993-12-11: Double Penetration: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA Hole 1
1994-09-03: Hex Object: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL, USA Hole 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Retard Girl Hole 1
1991 Dicknail b/w Burn Black Hole 1
1993 Beautiful Son Hole 3
1994 Miss World Hole 1
1994 Doll Parts Hole 4
1994 Violet Hole 3 3
1996 Gold Dust Woman Hole 2
1996 Softer, Softest Hole 1
1998 Celebrity Skin Hole 2
1998 Malibu Hole 2
1998 Celebrity Skin / Closing Time Hole / Semisonic 1
1998 Live Through This: Outtakes Hole 1
1999 Awful Hole 3 5
1999 Be a Man Hole 1
2000 Shut'em down LL Cool J / Hole 1
2010 Skinny Little Bitch Hole 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Ask for It Hole 3.5 1
1997 The First Session Hole 3 1
Teenage Whore Hole 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Princess of Love Hole 1

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