Hole was an American alternative rock band founded in Los Angeles, California in 1989 by lead singer Courtney Love and guitarist Eric Erlandson, in the wake of Erlandson answering Loves classified ad wanting to start a band. Inspired by Los Angeles' punk rock scene, their first album, Pretty on the Inside, was produced by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, and attracted critical interest from British and American alternative press. Their second album, Live Through This, was produced three years later and featured less aggressive melodies and lyrics, and went on to achieve platinum status within a year. Their third album, Celebrity Skin, marked a notable departure from their earlier punk influences, boasting a more commercially viable sound; the album sold around 2 million copies worldwide, and earned them significant critical acclaim. They disbanded in 2002, their individual members exploring independent projects, only for Love to reform the band with all new members. The reformed band released the album Nobody's Daughter (2010), which had originally been conceived as Love's second solo album. In 2013, Love retired the Hole name, releasing new material and touring as a solo artist.
- Courtney Love lead vocals, rhythm guitar (19892002, 20102012)
- Eric Erlandson lead guitar (19892002, 2012)
- Mike Geisbrecht rhythm guitar (19891990)
- Lisa Roberts bass (19891990)
- Caroline Rue drums (19891992)
- Jill Emery bass (19901992)
- Leslie Hardy bass (19921993)
- Kristen Pfaff bass, backing vocals (19931994, died 1994)
- Patty Schemel drums (19921998, 2012)
- Melissa Auf der Maur bass, backing vocals (19941999, 2012)
- Samantha Maloney drums (19982000)
- Micko Larkin lead guitar (20102012)
- Shawn Dailey bass (20102012)
- Stu Fisher drums (20102011)
- Scott Lipps drums (20112012)
- Album Title Drop: Live Through This is named for a line in "Asking For It" ("If you live through this with me, I swear that I would die for you").
- Atomic F-Bomb: "I Think That I Would Die" from Hole's Live Through This is a a pretty slow and melancholy song, however it just makes the vitriol when she screams all the more powerful.It's...
- I Am the Band: Hole has had at least 15 members, with lead singer Courtney Love being the only constant. (then, the co-founder said the name can't be used without him, but Love ignored by saying it was her band).