Live Through This is the second album by the alternative rock band Hole. It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. It also garnered the number 19 spot on Spin magazine's 100 best albums since 1985. It was released on April 12, 1994, just four days after the discovery of Kurt Cobain's body, Courtney's late husband, singer/songwriter of the band Nirvana (see 1994 in music).
The album was noted for being more accessible and melodic than the band's previous album, Pretty on the Inside. According to BMI's website, most of the songs credited officially to Hole were written just by Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson. "Doll Parts" was officially written only by Love and "I Think That I Would Die" was written by Erlandson, Love and Kat Bjelland. "Credit in the Straight World" is a Young Marble Giants cover.
Bassist Kristen Pfaff had decided to take a break from the band at the time of Cobain's suicide. In June 1994, she was found dead by boyfriend and bandmate Eric Erlandson from a heroin overdose. Two months after Kristen's death, Hole began an extensive tour, with Melissa Auf der Maur replacing her on bass.
There have been unsubstantiated rumors regarding Cobain's involvement in this record, from alleged instrumental and songwriting contributions, to claims that he effectively wrote the entire album. What is known is that Cobain sang background vocals for at least a few tracks; he can be heard in the bridge of the released version of "Asking For It", though his vocals are low in the mix. An alternate mix has surfaced which more prominently features his singing. He can also be heard towards the end of "Softer, Softest."
A year earlier, a b-side track for Beautiful Son, "Old Age", was credited as being written by Hole, but had a more complex origin: the song had been recorded a year before by Cobain's band Nirvana, but its lyrics were almost entirely different. Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson later clarified that the song had been given to Hole to re-write and record. An excerpt of "Old Age" is featured before the track "Credit in the Straight World" on the album.
A song entitled "Rock Star", which parodied the band The Lemonheads, was originally slated to close the album, but fearing legal action, the band and label chose to replace it with the track "Olympia". As the artwork had already been printed, however, the original song title remained.
Four singles were released from the album and three promotional videos were shot, for "Miss World" (still with Kristen Pfaff), "Doll Parts" (with L7's bassist Jennifer Finch replacing her) and "Violet" (already with Melissa Auf der Maur).
|1994||The Billboard 200||52|
|1994||"Miss World"||Modern Rock Tracks||13|
|1994||"Doll Parts"||Modern Rock Tracks||4|
|1994||"Doll Parts"||The Billboard Hot 100||58|
|1995||"Violet"||Modern Rock Tracks||29|
|1995||"Softer, Softest"||Modern Rock Tracks||32|
|1995||"Asking for It"||Modern Rock Tracks||36|
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