Quantcast
 Everett True

quite honestly, the worst fucking thing I’ve seen this year (Courtney Love in Venice)

Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page

Courtney Love at Venice In Venice

It’s like a nightmare Dystopian vision of the future where minor celebrity counts for everything, and nothing else matters. 

Forget Amy. Jesus. That was nothing. A great singer having a real bad day. This video has left me wordless. Wordless. You might think it’s bad circa 2.20, with ‘Under My Thumb’ paled out and neutered into pointlessness. You might think it’s terrible, what with that smug butt-wipe of an introduction and smug butt-wipe of a singer talking with the self-styled “beautiful people”. But you ain’t seen shit yet, chicken. You ain’t seen shit yet. Just wait …

The following is reprinted from my live-to-air review of Hole 2.0’s last album Nobody’s Daughter.

33.43
Oh god. ‘Letter To God’. Oh god. Why does every fucking self-satisfied Hollywood-tainted fucking rock star feel like they HAVE to write a song like this if they live past 45? “Dear God/I’m writing this letter to you… I feel nothing… I never wanted to be/Some kind of comic relief/Please show me who I am”. “I’ve been tortured and scorned/Since the day I was born/But I don’t know who I am”. Oh fucking sweet Bangs. Oh fucking fucking heavens opening and weeping and letting down their light on poor, hard-done-by multi-millionairess Courtney. And why, oh why, oh why, does she thinks that if it was OK for Axl Rose to sing like this it’s OK for her? Get your Hole 2.0 cigarette lighters now so you can wave them in the air.

They’re laughing at you Courtney, not with you. They’re laughing at you.

22 Responses to quite honestly, the worst fucking thing I’ve seen this year (Courtney Love in Venice)

  1. Joseph Kyle June 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Good lord, are those temporary tattoos?

  2. Emily June 22, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Ugh, this was impossible to watch.

  3. Zebrah June 22, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Wish you’d realised what a pile of shit this woman is

  4. Zebrah June 22, 2011 at 6:19 am

    YEARS AGO, ET!!

  5. Otis June 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

    For what it’s worth, she didn’t write that song – Linda Perry did.

  6. Niall June 22, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Like Tad trying to find the frequency where people shit their pants, I think Courtney just found the frequency where people involuntarily throw up.

  7. Everett True June 22, 2011 at 8:50 am

    ike Tad trying to find the frequency where people shit their pants, I think Courtney just found the frequency where people involuntarily throw up.

    Brilliant.

  8. hannah golightly June 22, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Everett True just discovered the frequency that pisses me off.

    Well anyway, to say that Amy Winehouse’s performance was better is pretty deaf music criticism don’t you think??

    I don’t think this was Courtney’s greatest singing by any means… but there was some pretty good screaming. Also, I like her guts in singing punk vocals with an orchestra- clearly out of her depth and not playing to ‘her’ crowd. I saw her cover of Under My Thumb as a political statement akin to He Hit Me and And It Felt Like A Kiss (Hole Unplugged).

    Yeah, I am one of the biggest Hole fans around, and I can see that was pretty crap singing- but people don’t listen to Courtney expecting to hear Amy Winehouse’s technical ability or Celine Dion’s ‘beauty’- we listen to her as a voice of raw emotion and one of the last bastions of punk… yeah, punk. Her singing is the equivalent of a punk band who can barely play three chords, but have something to say, the will to be heard and don’t care if it’s not perfect or not liked. If you’re looking for grace, auto-tune, perfection or ‘singing talent’ go elsewhere. Courtney is more than the sum of her parts and the notes in her body- she is a VOICE.

    Next up, try reviewing the X Factor contestants, they are sure to have something that’s the antidote to this fucked up performance.

    As for saying that multimillionaires can’t complain- that’s the most prejudiced thing I ever heard you say. She’s not born rich anyway, she made money from doing the shit singing. And before you mention her other sad source of income, perhaps remember that you described her as someone with nothing to complain about. What happened with her husband is probably more painful than any of us could imagine.

  9. Scott Creney June 22, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This quote from Rob Sheffield concerning Courtney has always stayed with me. ‘What do you say about someone who could have been the next Bob Dylan, but chose to be Juliette Lewis instead?’

    Truth is, this performance comes from the same nakedly honest (but also full of shit), putting it all out there, here’s my fucking heart that I’m handing to you so please love me place that she was coming from 20 years ago. When she says in the song, ‘Please tell me who I am,’ I don’t doubt for one second that she has absolutely no fucking idea. (I mean that in an identity sense, not like she’s too out of it to realize) and that she’s being totally and completely honest. At least as honest as Pretty On The Inside or Live Through This. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more to art than being honest.

    It reminds me, weirdly enough, of late-period F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    Sad. Just sadder than sad. And then there’s this.

    http://hipsterrunoff.com/altreport/2011/06/courtney-love-officially-dating-jack-donoghue-salem.html

  10. Everett True June 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

    It reminds me, weirdly enough, of late-period F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    I took that as a given.

  11. hannah golightly June 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Rob Sheffield isn’t worth listening to. Why should Courtney Love have been Bob Dylan? She hates hippies or so I’ve read. She didn’t squander her Bob Dylan abilities, she excelled her being Courtney Love abilities. To say she’s opted to be like Juliette Lewis is an insult (I love Juliette Lewis by the way)- she’s made her own path. If it were left to Bob Dylan and Juliette Lewis to inspire me then I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar in the first place.

  12. hannah golightly June 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Beware Scott is brandishing the Hipster Runoff link. You have been warned.

  13. Scott Creney June 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    To clarify, I think RS was saying that Courtney was a genius lyricist (see In Utero) who could have taken music/songwriting in all kinds of directions. Instead she settled for being an artisitcally lazy (new album every 5 years or so) out-of-control trainwreck that can veer, depending on the music behind her, from compellingly fascinating to just plain atrocious.

  14. Everett True June 22, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    She spent – what? – a million dollars getting America’s Sweetheart right? That doesn’t indicate someone with a wealth of ideas going into a studio to me. It indicates quite the opposite, the thinking that if you spend enough money something interesting will happen and you can gloss over the paucity of imagination. Clearly not true.

    Give me fucking Boo Frog or Tunabunny or Hannah Golightly or Amy Winehouse any day.

  15. Domo Arigâteau June 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    It’s not good but it’s not that bad. But it is boring, both as performance and as subject matter. The fat English pig who introduced it was appalling of course. And there really are worse things in music. And yet it’s only music. It’s not important, it really isn’t.

  16. Naa Naa June 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Now an honest review on the crap Lady Gaga makes, too, please

  17. Everett True June 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Now an honest review on the crap Lady Gaga makes, too, please

    You might well enjoy this (in words) or this (in pictures).

  18. hannah golightly June 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Hang on wasn’t it Boo Frog who bribed you with freebie tshirts and stuff Everett? ha ha So if you throw SOME money at the problem it can work? ha ha Courtney Love should have sent you a free tshirt! ha ha ha

  19. Gerry June 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    My views on how an artist should be judged vary from situation to situation, but I wouldn’t be comfortable with the medical equivalent of that performance if I went the doctor.

  20. Zebrah June 23, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I’m really starting to warm to Everett True. It’s taken a while…

  21. Tom July 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    wow. courtney love sucks and is pointless. when was this ever not the case?

  22. hannah golightly July 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    @Tom- Considering how ‘pointless’ you find her, you are still interested in her enough to come read this and add your condemn. Funny that.

    @Erika- Love that response. You make a good point about her wanting to be something she’s not- aka. Pop star. She always wanted to play the romantic lead in the school play, but always got cast as a the wicked witch.

    I have a theory that Courtney’s desire to be more pop than suits her natural capabilities mixed with her personal breakdowns and the prescription pills that she took to survive them plus her nose jobs (singers physically sing using their face, body and vocal chords) has changed her voice and lyrical ability in a negative way. But at least she’s still going and is still entertaining in whatever way. I wish she was back on form like Hole circa 1994 and before, but that’s unrealistic and unfair given the context. Having said that, when I saw the new version of Hole down at the Brixton Academy last year, she WAS back on top vocally, musically and personally… which is more than can be said for Amy washed-up Wino, whose performances seem unanimously dire these days.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.