I won’t ruin this song for you by rambling on about the (real or imagined) influence of Riot Girrrl bands, and I won’t waste our time with some bullshit over-analyzing (and over-generalizing) re: Women In Punk, or the lack thereof.
Repeat after me: Fuck. That. Shit.
Just do yourself a favor and forget all that shit for long enough to enjoy this awesome fucking song.
We tapped some of our favorite feminist-leaning musicians and music writers to dissect Hole’s “Live Through This” front to back on it’s 20th anniversary. Contributors included Flavorwire editors, Pitchfork writers and members of White Lung, Tacocat and the Coathangers. Each writer picked a track and took a grungy walk down memory lane with it. Read the full story on Flavorwire.
I was a young girl growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, nestled comfortably into the Southern region known as the Bible Belt. The first time I heard and saw Hole, my proper little world was shattered. Yes, there had been others that challenged the status quo before, but Hole emerged as a badass female-run band right in the sweet spot of my adolescence. They were strong, rude, loud, and powerful while simultaneously embracing their femininity. Hole was scary and fascinating. - Julia Kugel, The Coathangers
This band can look down its family tree and find The Slits, Wire, The Raincoats, and a little Bikini Kill–not to mention their own delightful Ninjanuity (which is what Sergeant G used to call ingenuity with a vengeance). These ladies are brilliant and restless, and here to make their case is a breakup song you’ll be whistling all day.