Live Through This is the second album from Hole, released just four days after Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994. It was also the only and final album with bassist Kristen Pfaff, before she too died just two months later, of a heroin overdose.
It was particularly well received, sold millions of copies and even made it into Rolling Stone's Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list at #460 and in Time Magazine's 2006 All Time 100 Albums List. A Big Name Fan was influential British radio DJ John Peel who, in 1997, placed it at #19 in a list of his 20 personal favorite albums note when asked by the newspaper "The Guardian".
Persistent urban legends claim her late husband Cobain ghost wrote most of the material. Despite this baseless rumor Live Through This is widely acclaimed, with hit songs like "Rock Star" and "Doll Parts".
- "Violet" (3:24)
- "Miss World" (3:00)
- "Plump" (2:34)
- "Asking For It" (3:29)
- "Jennifer's Body" (3:42)
- "Doll Parts" (3:31)
- "Credit in the Straight World" (3:11)
- "Softer, Softest" (3:28)
- "She Walks on Me" (3:24)
- "I Think That I Would Die" (3:36)
- "Gutless" (2:15)
- "Rock Star" (2:42) note
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- Album Title Drop: "Asking For It"If you live through this with me, I swear that I would die for you.
- Alliterative Title: "Softer Softest".
- Arc Words: The word "milk" appears in several of the lyrics.
- Beauty Contest: Alluded to on the album cover and in the tracks "Miss World".
- Break Up Song: "Violet", reputedly about her breakup with Billy Corgan.
- Careful with That Axe: "Violet" and "Rock Star" have Courtney screaming her lungs out.
- Cover Version: "Credit in the Straight World" was originally by Young Marble Giants.
- Creator Cameo: The little girl on the back cover is Courtney herself at a young age.
- Creepy Doll: The dolls in the music video of "Doll Parts".
- Deliberately Monochrome: The music video of "Doll Parts".
- Face on the Cover: The model Leilani Bishop holding a bouquet, shown in close-up.
- Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Rock Star" (Olympia) seemingly ends, but Courtney his heard saying: "No, we're not done yet", and then the song continues for a few more minutes.
- Lighter and Softer: The album is more melodic and poppy than Hole's previous output.
- One song is named "Softer Softest".
- Mondegreen: "Gutless" sounds like "Godless".
- Non-Indicative Name: "Rock Star" is actually titled "Olympia", but the title was misprinted.
- One-Woman Song: "Miss World" and "Jennifer's Body".
- One-Word Title: "Violet", "Plump", "Gutless".
- Precision F-Strike: "I Think That I Would Die" is a a pretty slow and melancholy song, however it just makes the vitriol when she screams all the more powerful.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: "Asking For It" delivers this message.Was she asking for it?Was she asking nice?If she was asking for itDid she ask you twice?
- Real Life Writes the Plot: "Violet" is said to have been about her relationship with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins. "I Think That I Would Die" is about the custody battle between Love and Cobain over their daughter in 1992. "Miss World" and "Plump" also deal with motherhood. "Asking For It" was inspired by a 1991 concert incident where Love was assaulted and had her clothes ripped off while crowdsurfing, leaving her entirely naked.
- "Live through this" and "Asking for it" are derived from a quote from Gone with the Wind and "kill me pills" refers to poet Anne Sexton's who called her drug overdose by barbiturates and pentobarbital this. The refrain in "Plump" in which Love sings, "I'm eating you. I'm overfed" also bears similarity to a line from Sexton's poem "The Ballad of the Lonely Masturbator", which reads: "They are eating each other. They are overfed."
- Liv Tyler dances to "Rock Star" in Stealing Beauty.
- The song "Doll Parts" is also played in Juno.
- Also, if you listen closely to "Doll Parts", and are familiar with Anne Sexton's work, you can detect hints of "Self in 1958"; in particular, the dual representations of a woman's body as that of a doll.
- Urban Legend: To this day rumors circulate that Cobain had written the songs, not Love. This has been denied by everyone working on the album.
- Wham Line: "Asking For It", about rapists:Was she asking for it?Was she asking nice?If she was asking for itDid she ask you twice?