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hole lot of confusion over courtney love’s new album
June 25, 2009, 8:29 am
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250609_melissaaufdermaurMelissa Auf der Maur says Hole “reunion” is news to her

Turns out we weren’t the only ones to reel with surprise at Courtney Love’s revelation to the NME last week that her long, long, long-delayed solo album Nobody’s Daughter might in fact be released under the banner of her former band Hole – bassist Melissa Auf der Maur was rather taken aback by it too. In an interview with ExploreMusic.com, Melissa suggested that Courtney’s claims of a “reunion” were a little gung-ho and that any such plans were news to her. While she did go into the studio with Courtney to record some backing vocals at the request of producer Michael Beinhorn, who worked with Hole on 1998’s Celebrity Skin, she admits that she is “a little confused as to what the plan is”.

“We have not been in touch too much,” she added. “We’ve been in touch this year after 10 years of no contact, I will say that…[Michael] called me and asked me if I would sing on [Courtney’s] new solo record – which is what I understood it was. And I said ‘Yes’ because I enjoy working with him and…well, she and I have a history of making music together. And I’m happy to visit her again in the future…She’s a nutbag, [but] I really do care about her.”

It’s yet another strange chapter in the genesis of Nobody’s Daughter, an album that began life in 2005 as a collaboration between Courtney and songwriter/producer Linda Perry, with whom she’d penned most of 2004’s America’s Sweetheart. Those sessions were scrapped, as were, it seems, contributions from Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. The only constant collaborator appears to be ex-Larrikin Love guitarist Micko Larrikin, with Courtney still touting him as the project’s lead guitarist. There’s no mention of Hole co-founder Eric Erlandson, however, and Melissa is adamant that the project remains a Courtney solo effort. “I think you can’t take a Hole reunion that lightly,” she says. “It’s gonna take a little more organising than just ‘I’ll come and sing some backups and then we got Hole.”

Melissa is currently on tour to promote her new conceptual film, ‘Out Of Our Minds’. Watch the trailer below. Details on the new album and proposed graphic novel remain sketchy at present.

Alan Pedder


‘Out Of Our Minds’ trailer


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