Courtney Love has shared the story behind “Doll Parts” in response to Miley Cyrus‘ recent cover of the Hole track.
In an Instagram post, Love writes that she was “touched” by Cyrus’ “very sweet” performance, alongside a video of Nirvana performing on U.K. TV in 1991. In the clip, Kurt Cobain declares, “I’d like all of you people in this room to know that Courtney Love, the lead singer of the sensational pop group Hole, is the best f*** in the world” before launching into a rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Love apparently heard about what Cobain said while she was just about to get on stage to play a show in Germany.
“Despite it seeming possibly vulgar to some, it isn’t, it was really sweet, and made me chuckle,” Love writes. “Sort of embarrassed and sort of not.”
Love says that she then later wrote “Doll Parts” while in the bathroom at a friend’s house party in Cambridge, Massachusetts as “people were pounding on the door.”
“It was about a boy, whose band had just left town, who I’d been sleeping with, who I heard was sleeping with 2 other girls,” Love explains. “It was my way of saying ‘You’re a f***ing idiot if you don’t choose ME, and here is all the desire and fury and love that I feel for you.'”
“Good songs don’t always come in 20 minutes but the force was strong and that one did,” she continues. “Anyway I married that guy.”
By Josh Johnson
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