By Courtney E. Smith
With Not Fade Away, we take a look at the legacy of some of the greatest albums of the past few decades – some iconic, some lesser known – as they celebrate significant anniversaries. Today we look at Hole’s revered second album Live Through This, which turns 20 on April 12.
Released on April 12, 1994, Hole’s landmark Live Through This is an album that is inherently female, unforgivingly dark, and perfectly self-aware.
It was also the mainstream world’s introduction to Courtney Love, who sang lead and wrote most of the songs on the album with guitarist Eric Erlandson. And it became one of the most controversial albums of the year due to luckless timing: It was released one week after Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
But as much as the music drew a certain type of person to the band, so did the album’s artwork and packaging. That focus on the visual elements was deliberate, and according to Robin Seibert (neé Sloan), the former creative director for Geffen/DGC Records, it was also all thanks to Love. “This is all Courtney’s creation,” Seibert told Radio.com.