September 17, 1991

On this day in 1991, Hole released their first LP titled Pretty On the Inside.

Hole recorded in March of 1991 at Music Box Studios in Hollywood, California with Kim Gordon and Don Fleming producing. The record was released on Caroline Records in the US and City Slang in Europe. Unfortunately, Canadians had to cross the border to get a copy of this “tape” at the time. I made the trip myself in 1994, so I know first-hand.

The album included the only chart maker “Teenage Whore”, but had many songs on it that I personally think kicked ass. “Mrs. Jones”, “Garbage Man”, “Pretty on the Inside” and “Good Sister/Bad Sister”. Singer Courtney Love somehow managed to mix in almost everything she and any other musician to cross her path had recorded in previous years, little snippets of songs such as “Black Sunday Dress” appear as well as sampling from Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl” and FleetwoodMac’s “Rhiannon”.

In a 1991 Canadian television interview with Much Music, Love commented on the album’s musical structure. She said that since the band was from LA, the “metal capital of the US”, they thought they were making a “pop record with an edge”, and were surprised by people’s reactions when they were told it was violent and extreme.

“It’s unlistenable— that record was a calling card for rock critics and hardcorers”. “This is what I do, and I’m not going to back down from it. I am announcing my persona as a cunt.”
Courtney Love, on the making of Pretty on the Inside 2011

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