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Courtney Love Explores Greed, Vengeance, and Feminism on "Nobody's Daughter"

November 12, 2009 2:09 PM ET

"It's more important than any record I've ever made, by far," Courtney Love tells Rolling Stone of Nobody's Daughter, her much-delayed and much-anticipated first release since 2004's America's Sweetheart. Love began writing songs for Nobody's Daughter in 2005 during a court-mandated rehab, then spent "66 and a half days" recording with producers Billy Corgan and Linda Perry. After road-testing the material in 2007, however, Love decided to rerecord the album with a different producer and a new band.

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For the LP, Love has resurrected her Hole moniker, making Nobody's Daughter the first Hole album since 1998's Celebrity Skin. "Wherever I lay my head is Hole," Love tells RS' Jenny Eliscu, who sat down with the singer at New York's Electric Lady Studios for an interview in the new issue. "It's four letters. It is one of the best band names in fucking history, if I do say so myself. For a while I was a little embarrassed it was maybe vulgar, but at least it's not phallic. It's H-O-L-E, it's a great band name, and it's mine." (Former Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson questions Love's ownership of the name.) Love's new Hole features 23-year-old Micko Larkin serving as guitarist and co-producer alongside Celebrity Skin producer Michael Beinhorn.

Love says David Bowie's Diamond Dogs, the "good side" of Pink Floyd's The Wall and Eighties goth served as references for Nobody's Daughter. Thematically, the album finds Love exploring greed, vengeance and feminism. "There's a lot of maternal instinct on there, and probably my favorite lyric is: 'Nobody's daughter, she's never was, she never will be beholden to anyone. She cannot kill. You don't understand how evil we really are,' " Love tells RS. "I don't even know what that really means, but I know it's something to do with my daughter and it's also to do with me."

The album — a collection of dark, ragged rock songs — is slated for a January release and includes the ballad "Honey" and the blues-and-punk cocktail "Skinny Little Bitch." For the full story on Love and her upcoming album, check out the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands now.

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