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On this day in music history: April 12, 1994 - “Live Through This”, the second album by Hole is released. Produced by Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade, it is recorded at Triclops Sound Studios in Marietta, GA from October 8 - 30, 1993. The follow up to the band’s acclaimed debut “Pretty On The Inside”, the band work with Paul Q. Kolderie and Sean Slade (Pixies, Dinosaur Jr.). The album sees them shifting to a more accessible sound but maintaining their punk and noise rock roots. Released one week after the death of Courtney Love’s husband Kurt Cobain, it is a critical and commercial success, spinning off three singles including “Miss World” and “Doll Parts”. Rumors persist after the albums release and for many years afterward, that Cobain actually wrote all of the songs. This is vehemently denied by everyone associated with the making of the album. The albums memorable cover art features a photo of model Leilani Bishop dressed as a beauty pageant contestant, with mascara running down her face from crying. The back cover features a childhood photo of Courtney Love, with the albums individual titles written on Dymo labeling tape. “Live Through This” peaks at number fifty two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Happy 21st birthday, Live Through This! (released April 12, 1994)

“I wanted to capture the look on a woman’s face as she’s being crowned… this sort of ecstatic, blue eyeliner running, kind of ‘I am, I am — I won! I have hemorrhoid cream under my eyes and adhesive tape on my butt, and I had to scratch and claw and fuck my way up, but I won Miss Congeniality!”  Courtney Love