Hole singer Courtney Love is renowned as a lady who plows her own furrow. Courtney, who was married to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, is widely described as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s wildest women. Love was brought firmly back into the public eye last year after the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck and the conspiracy theory documentary Soaked in Bleach were released. Numerous theories since Cobain died have suggested that Love was responsible for Kurt’s death, and those theories have never died despite a number of police investigations proving otherwise.
Courtney has always done her own thing musically, as well. Earlier this week, Love showed that she has lost none of her legendary feistiness when she attended a party hosted by Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes fame. According to Uproxx, Love decided that if Radiohead are no longer willing to perform their 1992 breakthrough hit “Creep,” then she would.
— DIY (@diymagazine) January 7, 2016
Love surprised guests at the glittering party by hopping onstage to belt out Radiohead’s most famous tune. There is no doubt that Courtney totally slayed the tune, but sadly, Ultimate Guitar reports that it wasn’t in a good way. Some might say that Courtney murdered the song, rather than slayed it. They claim Courtney was “tipsy” and said “her singing was often off, and the whole thing was kinda cringey.”
Refinery 29 was more forgiving of Love’s performance and suggested that Love may be returning to her best.
“On stage, the former Hole singer slipped right back into her prime. The singer’s voice was raw, gritty, and powerful: all the components of a signature Courtney Love performance.”
Courtney and Kurt Cobain’s daughter seemed to enjoy mom’s performance. The relationship between Courtney and her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is often strained, but they appear to be on good terms at present.
Frances took to Twitter to praise her mother’s performance.
— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) January 6, 2016
Yahoo! Music was less than impressed with Love’s performance of “Creep,” and they described her performance as “raw and unhinged.”
“Although Love made a joke onstage that she felt like she was on American Idol, her performance was hardly a glossy production. This was a completely raw and unhinged moment, with the grunge goddess appearing barefoot on the tiny stage, her hair loose and wild, her lace dress riding up her thighs.”
Rolling Stone reports that Perry’s Los Angeles party was held to celebrate the launch of the movie Freeheld. The guest list was something of a who’s who of music stars. The guests provided an evening’s entertainment with some unlikely cover versions. After Love’s Radiohead cover, Christina Aguilera delivered her version of John Lennon’s “Mother,” the Cult’s Ian Astbury covered David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” and the Doors’ “Break on Through.”
Party host Linda Perry joined in the fun with a trio of Led Zeppelin covers. Of course, the beauty of music is that it is subjective, and people enjoy different things. Love’s version of “Creep” will doubtlessly please her fans, while those who love the original will likely be cringing, unable to believe what they have just seen.
In other Courtney Love news, the Huffington Post reports that Love’s much-anticipated fashion collaboration with Nasty Gal will be released on January 14. The collection is filled with garments that harken straight back to Courtney’s 1990s heyday.
The collection is full of lacey “babydoll” dresses and rock chick references. Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso says that the collection is mostly “about silhouette and the details.” It certainly reinvents Courtney’s grunge rock look for 2016.
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