Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Beginner's Guide to Courtney Love
First of all, let me start by saying that Courtney Love is more than Courtney Love - she is a philosophy, and embodies so much more than her infamous marriage or drug notoriety. She is the lead singer for the 90s band Hole, and a damn gutsy gal. So let me introduce you to the legend, the lady, the LOVE, and then nudge you towards some other grunge-punk-amazingness that you just might feel like picking up after our tutorial.
Step 1. Forget everything you've heard about Courtney Love
Step 2. Meet Courtney Love, lead singer for the band Hole
Step 3. Realize she's not that scary! Really! You know that one crazy aunt you have that talks a little too much and will dance on tables when she's drunk? Well C is just like that. Only you don't even have to pretend to be offended when she gives you a half-consumed bottle of Jack Daniels for Christmas! Yay!
Step 4. Listen to anything off Live Through This, including, but not limited to:
Step 5. Repeat steps 1-4
Step 6. Think she would make the perfect partner in crime for a night in a seedy bar. Then question why you'd even want to spend a night in a seedy bar. Conclude that you've been listening to too much Courtney Love. Take a 5 minute breather with her ultimate foil, Ingrid Michaelson.
Step 7. Resume your education in awesomeness. Listen to Celebrity Skin, including, but not limited to:
Step 8. Realize how integral, underrated, and amazing Love was to the grunge and music scene in general. Debate starting to rock 90s menswear and biker boots.
Step 9. Check her vids, which are just as artistic and nonchalantly poignant as her lyrics. (Every pink link connects to one of them...just sayin)
Step 10. Jam out to her whenever you feel comfortable enough with yourself to admit she's your newfound idol. Listen to her lyrics. Wish you were half as badass.
Because CL is more than a woman, she's an attitude, here are the next steps if you feel you've advanced beyond a basic understanding of awesome-ness. While you're in the mood, listen to Men's Needs - The Cribs
and Sticks N Stones - Jamie T.
Don't worry, I won't think you're cliche for buying a Ramones T and getting a pixie cut. I wish it was 1995 too.