HOLE LOT OF LOVE?

IS MEL­LON COL­LIE AND THE IN­FI­NITE SAD­NESS RE­ALLY ABOUT COURT­NEY LOVE?

Kerrang! (UK) - - Smashing Pumpkins -

Be­fore there was Kurt and Court­ney, there was Billy and Court­ney. And whether al­legedly rekin­dling their ro­mance af­ter Kurt’s death or en­gag­ing in Twit­ter spats well into the 21st cen­tury, these two seem des­tined al­ways to be en­twined.

In­deed, ru­mours per­sist that their tem­pes­tu­ous re­la­tion­ship has been doc­u­mented for pos­ter­ity in the lyrics of Mel­lon Col­lie And The In­fi­nite Sad­ness.

Per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, many of these have come from Court­ney her­self. Speak­ing to 6Mu­sic in 2014 about the ru­mours, she namechecked Bod­ies, Tonight, Tonight and Where Boys Fear To Tread as songs which she in­spired, mis­chie­vously not­ing that when Billy “stopped writ­ing about me, he stopped mak­ing hits.”

Oth­ers have pointed to X.Y.U. (as in “Ex, Why You?”), while the ti­tle of Bul­let With But­ter­fly Wings cer­tainly sounds like a de­scrip­tion of the Hole front­woman. There is also, of course, a song on the al­bum sim­ply ti­tled Love, but while the ‘Love is sui­cide’ cho­rus on Bod­ies can’t help but feel jaggedly rel­e­vant in the cir­cum­stances, it might be stretch­ing things a lit­tle to sug­gest that ev­ery use of the word is a ref­er­ence to Court­ney.

Billy isn’t one for elu­ci­dat­ing his lyri­cal in­spi­ra­tions, say­ing to Ad­dicted To Noise in 1995,“There’s 30 themes on the al­bum, but peo­ple are go­ing to fo­cus on one or the other.” It’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that even Court­ney hasn’t claimed that all two hours of Mel­lon Col­lie are about her. And let’s face it, if it re­ally was all about her, she prob­a­bly would have let us know

Now, Siamese Dream…

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