Sunday, April 19, 2015

My Top Ten By Courtney Love

  Courtney Love made a grunge heavy list of her top ten favorite albums for Spin Magazine's Alternate Record Guide, published in 1995, a year after her husband's suicide. That's the same year Hole's second album, Live Through This, went platinum and Barbara Walters named Love one of the year's 10 Most Fascinating People. There are two Nirvana albums, but equally interesting is the Echo and the Bunnymen album which I can imagine her listening to on a walkman as she travelled around Ireland and England in 1982.

1. Echo and the Bunnymen : Heaven Up Here
2. Nirvana : Nevermind

3. Gun Club : Fire of Love
4. Pixies : Surfer Rosa

5. Mudhoney : Superfuzz Bigmuff EP

6. Leonard Cohen : Songs From a Room
7. P J Harvey : Dry

8. Husker Du : New Day Rising

9. Nirvana: In Utero
10. Nine Inch Nails : The Downward Spiral

Fun fact : Courtney played "The Bride" in a 1988 Ramones video for "I Wanna Be Sedated".


  1. Twenty years later "Live Through This" still bangs it out. Classic. Just goes to prove that rock and roll is the people's music because for all the Courtney drama she made one powerful rock album. She put her mouth where her money was, so to speak. And from her Top Ten list I can see her inspirations were no slouches either. Maybe Kurt's demise was not the demons in his head but the fact his wife thought the Bunnymen made a better album than his…Just sayin'…...

  2. Nothing from her years as a Julian Cope groupie?

  3. Or the riot girl scene. Kim Gordon, Who produced her first album, has a few choice words about Courtney in her autobiography