I’m listening to this album today because it’s old enough to have a drink with me now. Also “Teenage Whore” is still a great song. I like her energy, even though she’s scum.
21 years ago on August 23, 1991, Hole’s first album, Pretty On The Inside, was released. It was Hole’s first major release after the band’s formation in 1989, and features vocalist and rhythm guitarist Courtney Love, lead guitarist Eric Erlandson, bassist Jill Emery and drummer Caroline Rue.
The album was produced by Sonic Youth’s vocalist and bassist Kim Gordon and Gumball frontman Don Fleming, and despite its critical acclaim, Courtney Love has referred to Pretty On The Inside as “unlistenable”.
"It was all about the expression of my experience. I was not coming from a black void; I was trying to create light… I was trying to heal. It was the truth, but it was also me catching up with all my peers who’d gone all indie on me, and who made fun of me for liking R.E.M. and The Smiths.
I’d done the whole punk thing, sleeping on floors in piss and beer, and waking up with the guy with the fucking mohawk and the skateboards and the speed and the whole goddamned thing. But I hated it. I’d grown out of it by the time I was seventeen.
I try to place [beautiful imagery] next to fucked up imagery, because that’s how I view things. I sometimes feel that no one’s taken the time to write about certain things in rock, that there’s a certain female point of view that’s never been given space.”