I was punk, now I’m just stupid

Awful – Hole

Hole was, of course, Courtney Love’s band. They got a lot of snide comments about only being famous thanks to her marriage with Kurt Cobain. But for those who actually listened to their music, that case was pretty hard to make.

Their first batch of songs veered toward a sort of gritty, acoustic variant on grunge and punk. In fact, the famous Nirvana Unplugged show reminds me quite a bit of Hole’s music, suggesting that Cobain may have picked up as much from her as she ever did from him.

Then, in 1998 they came out with Celebrity Skin, and a whole new round of condemnation began. It had a pop sheen that seemed to make it more of a kind with, say, Matchbox 20 than with Nirvana. But again, the haters were wrong. Sure, the sound had changed. But times had changed, too. Grunge had already faded into the past, and Hole took the opportunity to turn out one of the better guitar-pop records of the late-90’s.

This song in particular seems to be a comment on the shift. It’s both self-critical (ironically describing the commercialization that turns punk rock into radio-friendly pop) and stridently committed to the principle that in spite of those problems, there’s something magical and transformative about such music. She’s totally honest about the brighter, shinier future and the horrors lurking underneath but takes a leap of faith regardless.

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One Response to I was punk, now I’m just stupid

  1. HenryPonds says:

    I listen to person in a similar position.Pete Townshend’s younger (much) brother Simon Townshend has put many great CDs over the past 25 years & when you mention his name people still say Simon WHO?? Check him out at http://www.SimonTownshend.com Simon’s site is loaded with FREE tracks! Simon has since become a TRUE member of THE WHO and rightfuly so because of his vocal and guitar support of his big bro. P.T—–> Cheers! HenryPonds

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