Courtney Love: 'I Wanted to Be Grunge, but No One Would Let Me in'
Singer talks scene politics in new interview.
Posted on Jun 26, 2013 01:54 pm
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Courtney Love has been speaking about her status as a grunge icon, noting that Hole was a band who were not perceived as being grunge back in the early 1990s.
"And the last interview I had was with this guy where he was like, 'Yeah, you were part of a movement 23 years ago that I find important, grunge.' I'm like, 'No, we weren't. We were no more grunge than the [Red Hot] Chili Peppers,'" she said. "We weren't allowed to be grunge. I wanted to be grunge because it was a movement, but no one would let me in. So as unique as the Chili Peppers were on their island, Hole has always been on its own little island. I'd also say the same for Nine Inch Nails and the Smashing Pumpkins back then."
Love has also noted that Trent Reznor has gotten away with keeping his band name for a revolving line-up of musicians, something which both she and Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan have struggled with:
"Trent [Reznor] has definitely gotten away with a hell of a lot more than me or Billy [Corgan] in terms of calling his band Nine Inch Nails and no one caring who's in it. But that's probably because he's kept the lights down low. He never lets anyone else pose for a picture [laughs]."
Love went on to reaffirm that the classic line-up of Hole will not be reuniting any time soon:
"If I wanted to do one of those big money sell-out reunion things, you think I haven't been asked a million times? About as many times as I've been asked to do reality television lots of times. And the answer is just gonna stay the same: N-O."