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Hole was an American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1989. It was founded by singer and guitarist Courtney Love and guitarist Eric Erlandson. It had several different bassists and drummers, the most prolific being drummer Patty Schemel, and bassists Kristen Pfaff (d. 1994) and Melissa Auf der Maur. Hole released a total of four studio albums between two incarnations spanning the 1990s and early-2010s, and became one of the most commercially successful rock bands in history fronted by a woman. Influenced by Los Angeles' punk rock scene, the band's debut album, Pretty on the Inside (1991), was produced by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, and attracted critical interest from British and American alternative press. Their second album, Live Through This, released 1994 by DGC Records, which featured less aggressive melodies and more restrained lyrical content, was widely acclaimed and reached platinum status within a year of its release. Their third album, Celebrity Skin (1998), marked a notable departure from their earlier punk influences, boasting a more commercially viable sound; the album sold around 2 million copies worldwide, and earned them significant critical acclaim. They disbanded in 2002, and the members individually pursued other projects. Eight years later in 2010, Hole was reformed by Love with new members, despite Erlandson's claim that the reformation breached a mutual contract he had with her. The reformed band released the album Nobody's Daughter (2010), which had originally been conceived as Love's second solo album. In 2013, Love retired the Hole name, releasing new material and touring as a solo artist. Hole received several accolades, including four Grammy Award nominations. They were also commercially successful, selling over three million records in the United States alone, and had a far-reaching influence on contemporary female artists. Music and feminist scholars have also recognized the band as the most high-profile musical group of the 1990s to discuss gender issues in their songs, due to Love's aggressive and violent lyrical content, which often addressed themes of body image, abuse, and sexual exploitation.

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Genres rock alternative rock grunge punk experimental
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Top release Celebrity Skin

Albums

  1. Pretty on the Inside
    1991
  2. 4.0
    Live Through This
    1994
  3. 5.0
    Celebrity Skin
    1998
  4. Nobody’s Daughter
    2010
  5. Unplugged and Unloved

Other releases

  1. Retard Girl
    1990
  2. Teenage Whore
    1991
  3. Dicknail b/w Burn Black
    1991
  4. Beautiful Son
    1993
  5. MTV Unplugged
    1994
  6. Violet
    1994
  7. Kiss Away the Darkest Day
    1994
  8. MTV Unplugged and Even More
    1994
  9. Doll Parts
    1994
  10. Miss World
    1994
  11. Riot Girls
    1995
  12. Plugged and Unplugged
    1995
  13. Ask for It
    1995
  14. Gold Dust Woman
    1996
  15. Softer, Softest
    1996
  16. Hole
    1996
  17. The First Session
    1997
  18. My Body, the Hand Grenade
    1997
  19. Celebrity Skin / Closing Time
    1998
  20. Live Through This: Outtakes
    1998
  21. Celebrity Skin
    1998
  22. Malibu
    1998
  23. Don't Get Mad Get Even
    1999
  24. Be a Man
    1999
  25. 1999-01-24: Big Day Out Festival: Sydney, Australia
    1999
  26. Awful
    1999
  27. 1999-05-09: Atlanta, GA, USA
    1999
  28. Shut'em down
    2000
  29. My Beautiful Song
    2004
  30. Skinny Little Bitch
    2010
  31. Grease Your Hips
    2015
  32. Radiant Baby Angels, Vol. 2
  33. 1994-09-03: Hex Object: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL, USA
  34. The Princess of Love
  35. Courtney Act
  36. Radiant Baby Angels Vol. 3
  37. 1993-12-11: Double Penetration: Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  38. Rumors, Lies, and Media Rape
  39. Radiant Baby Angels Vol. 1