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