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’90s Alternative Song Lyrics Updated for 2014

The ’90s are back! Except they’re looking a bit worse for the wear, 20 years later, aren’t they? Specifically, the lyrics to some of our favorite alt-rock radio hits of the era have begun to sound painfully dated, with their references to phone booths and physical media, and their insistence on a gender binary even in songs that embrace sexual fluidity. So Flavorwire has done its loyal readers the favor of updating beloved tracks by Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Radiohead, and… Read More

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Did You Hear the One About How Courtney Love Can’t Sing or Play Guitar?

On the ninth day of September, in the year of our Lord 2014, we learned that Courtney Love is not a great singer. “But wait,” you might say, “Courtney Love has been famous for nearly a quarter-century now. We have known since the release of Hole’s debut album, Pretty on the Inside, in 1991, what her voice sounds like.” And yet, when a gentleman named J.M. Ladd — who says he was “hired through the venue to record this show” — uploaded an isolated recording of Love’s vocals and guitar from a 2010 Fashion Week gig, every music and pop culture publication on the Internet posted the clip, accompanied by some pointing, laughing commentary. “Courtney Love’s Isolated Vocal and Guitar Tracks Are Even Worse Than You’d Imagine,” Noisey sneered, in a headline that encapsulates the general response. … Read More

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Courtney Love Leaves a Gaping Hole in Our Hopes for a Hole Reunion

Between lonely glitter parties, controversial notes in wallets, an upcoming solo album, turning 50, and a possible Hole reunion, Courtney Love has… Read More

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Courtney Love’s 25 Best Songs

On this day in 1964, a child named Courtney Michelle Harrison was born to a pair of hippie parents in California. A few decades later, having changed her last name to “Love,” she would become one of the most famous — and divisive — musicians on the planet. Besides making the Gen-Xers (and even early millennials like your co-authors) out there feel ancient, Courtney Love’s 50th birthday is the perfect excuse for a few superfans to celebrate something that often gets lost amid all the tabloid headlines: her music. In our highly subjective opinion, these are the 25 best songs Love has ever recorded; tell us about your favorites in the comments. … Read More

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20 Years of Hole’s ‘Live Through This': 12 Musicians and Writers Dissect It Track by Track

Two decades after the release of Hole’s Live Through This, the level of critical praise and commercial success the album achieved is perhaps lost on those who didn’t witness it firsthand — largely because, Courtney Love has, unfairly, become one of rock’s biggest punchlines. A new generation that could really use the album identifies Love with her public outbursts, her legal battles, and worst of all, as just Kurt Cobain’s widow. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, we tapped some of our favorite feminist-leaning musicians and music writers (Flavorwire editors included) to dissect Live Through This front to… Read More

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The 25 Best Music Documentaries on Netflix Streaming

As the wise bard Madonna once said, “Music makes the people come together,” and she was right. Music is a source of magic in the life of human beings on earth. Sometimes people want to live inside a song so much that they make documentaries, bringing some visual acuity to aural pleasure. The best examples of this particular genre take your favorite songs, or songs you haven’t even heard before, and show how music leaves a mark on us. We rounded up a wild collection of 25 movies, from Oscar winners to cult oddities to Ken Burns, that you can watch… Read More

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Kurt Cobain Reading List: The Essential Books, Interviews, and Photos

I truly believe that there is very little left to say about Kurt Cobain.

In the 20 years since his suicide, we’ve searched for meaning in his actions on April 5, 1994, and most certainly in his actions before that day. Two generations — Gen X and millennials — idolize this man, who, despite dying just as Web 1.0 was taking hold, has become one of the Internet’s most discussed musical figures ever. Every anniversary — be it Kurt’s birthday, his deathday, every Nirvana album, grunge as a genre — must be celebrated with a rumination on Kurt Cobain. To which I counter: does the world need so-called new thoughts on Kurt when so many great ones already exist? … Read More

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Why Kurt Cobain Was the Last Rock Star: An Interview With Charles R. Cross

When Kurt Cobain killed himself on April 8, 1994, music journalist Charles R. Cross was in his office at the Seattle magazine The Rocket, “trying to figure out why Courtney Love kept putting off the interview she had promised us that week.” Later, he found out that Courtney was searching for Kurt, who had disappeared from rehab. … Read More

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25 of the Best Sophomore Albums Ever Made

You know how it goes: a band or a musician puts out a stellar first album, receives heaps of praise and success, and then goes back to the recording studio and turns out a second album. What a bummer, it’s not as good. But is this trend a real thing, or just a myth fueled by how disappointed we, as listeners and critics, can be when artists’ albums don’t live up to our expectations? What follows shows that plenty of great artists were able to avoid the sophomore slump — and, in some cases, turned out the best album of their careers.… Read More

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