Courtney Love slammed the lack of women on alternative rock radio, bemoaned the difficulties many rock bands face now and told Girls star Jemima Kirke in an interview for Humanity magazine: “I’m the last chick on alternative radio that they’ll play, and it’s really kind of stupid.”
While speaking about her new single, “Miss Narcissist” and the upcoming “Died Blonde,” Love admitted the tracks weren’t likely to make a dent on the Billboard charts, but would probably see some rotation on alternative radio. But, Love noted, those stations, like Los Angeles’ famed KROQ, rarely play other female acts other than the occasional track by “No Doubt [or] Paramore.”
“It’s so hard for rock and roll right now — it’s so hard,” Love added. “I have someone really close to me who is in a rock band and they’re excellent — they’re the best rock band I’ve heard in years — and they signed an old-school deal with Interscope. But it’s really a struggle and it’s a struggle just to be middle class. I’m not talking big houses and art collections. I’m talking about just getting by.”
Elsewhere in the wide-ranging chat, Love spoke about making friends with Miley Cyrus over Twitter and taking her to director Brett Ratner’s house — “It’s like a salon,” Love said. “You never know who you’re going to meet” — after drinks at the Chateau Marmont. Despite their burgeoning relationship, Love said she and Cyrus weren’t working on any music: “I don’t know that that would be a good match, but she’s really put together and smart. I liked her a lot.”
While Love also spoke about her recent tour with Lana Del Rey, the majority of her conversation with Kirke focused on her fledging acting career. While she’s acted throughout her career — including recent turns on Empire, Sons of Anarchy, and the pop opera Kansas City Choir Boy — Love said she’s now devoting the majority of her time and attention to honing her craft and landing good roles on stage and screen.
“In rock and roll, it’s really about being as vulnerable as possible and giving them what they want,” Love said. “But onstage it’s about pausing, about internal life, it’s about internal triggers — that’s one of the reasons I’m really challenged to do a play.”
Love mentioned one play in particular about aging rockers that she hoped to land, and said she believed she will return to Empire next season as well. Love is also set to star opposite James Franco in The Long Home, an adaptation of William Gay’s Southern gothic novel of the same name, which Franco is also directing.
Read the entire interview in Humanity magazine.