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Love her or loathe her, the opinionated, brutally straightforward, and seemingly always controversial Courtney Love is one of the most notable figures in alternative rock. Born on July 9, 1964 in San Francisco, CA, Love was raised in Oregon. As a teen, Love began listening to new wave and punk, musical styles that would influence her band Hole. After traveling to countries like Ireland, Japan, and England, Love moved to Los Angeles, CA. In 1986, Love appeared as Nancy Spungen's best friend in Sid and Nancy, director Alex Cox's film about Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his lover Spungen. Love was also cast in Cox's Straight to Hell. Neither picture brought Love the stardom that she craved. Love then relocated to Minneapolis, MN, and formed the all-female post-punk group Babes in Toyland with Kat Bjelland. Bjelland eventually tossed her out of the band. After working as a stripper in Alaska, Love returned to Los Angeles and started Hole in 1989 with Eric Erlandson (guitar), Jill Emery (bass), and Caroline Rue (drums). Hole released their debut album, Pretty on the Inside, in 1991. A year later, Love married Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Rumors of drug use between the two began surfacing in the press, and a Vanity Press article revealed that Love was using heroin while she was pregnant with their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. In April 1994, Kurt Cobain committed suicide; two months later, new Hole bassist Kristen M. Pfaff died from a heroin overdose. Although it was recorded before those personal tragedies, Hole's second album, the ironically titled Live Through This, captured the searing pain and violent anger of somebody undergoing a tragic loss. Rumors persisted that Cobain co-wrote a large portion of the album, a claim that Love vehemently denied despite claims to the contrary by many of Cobain's closest friends. No concrete evidence was ever released to back those claims, and she maintained a semi-professional relationship with his former bandmates by formering a partnership with them called Nirvana L.L.C. The organization would control all Nirvana related releases and try and protect the interests of the three parties, but strife between Love and the rest of the band developed through nasty press comments made by both sides. Meanwhile, Hole released Celebrity Skin in 1998, but the album came nowhere near the popularity of her previous effort. Despite the band's best promotional efforts (which Courtney dove headfirst into, as always), sales were discouraging enough for band members to start dropping off, essentially dissolving the group while her acting career was taking off. In 1999, Love was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the movie The People Vs. Larry Flynt. She would stay relatively quiet for a few years, making a few film appearances and bragging up various projects with Louise Post and Kat Bjelland that never surfaced. But when former Nirvana members Kris Novoselic and Dave Grohl announced a 45 song Nirvana retrospective that would include two never released tracks, Love immediately brought them to court in an attempt to wrestle away the rights to the material. Manager/boyfriend Paul Barber tried to become the peacekeeper in the situation, even showing up to the studio for the mixdown of one of the unreleased songs. But Love moved to dissolve Nirvana L.L.C. and managed to stop the release of the album until the matter could be brought to court. The box set was aborted and the three individuals began to hype the upcoming court hearings like a boxing match, inviting the press out and making sharp barbs at one another in interviews. She announced her intentions to spearhead a Nirvana "greatest hits" album a la the Beatles' #1's, and claimed that she had hundreds of home tapes to go through and a journal that she planned on publishing. Love also began to speak out on musician's rights, suing her record company and bringing to light unfair business practices on the part of the industry. She began making her interviews and speeches platforms for her newfound cause, and created quite a stir at the South by Southwest Conference in the spring of 2002 when she directly announced her intentions of starting a music industry revolution. ~ Michael Sutton and Bradley Torreano, All Music Guide
Ginger Wildheart is a busy man. 2012 saw the release of his solo Pledge Triple album 555% and the recording of the Hey Hello! noise pop record and the Mutation noise metal double album due to be released in 2013. And that’s just in one year.
Ginger is also the leader of British Rock legends The Wildhearts, who in April will embark on a four date tour for the 20th Anniversary of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Earth Vs’, followed by dates in New York and Tokyo.
His fan-funded triple album 555%, so named from how much it exceeded the original funding target, sent shockwaves through the music industry, earning the Classic Rock ‘Event of the Year’ award in the process. Recorded in three sessions with separate groups of musicians and comprised of 30 songs of a whole range of styles showcasing Ginger’s songwriting range. Track by track voting from 555% fans led to the creation of an abridged 12 song version, 100%, for commercial release.
555% was followed with a Pledge campaign featuring two vastly different projects.
Firstly Hey! Hello! features Victoria Liedtke on vocals, and Ginger on everything else basically, playing all instruments including the drums. Says Ginger: “Hey! Hello! allowed me to enter the world of lyrical fiction – much in the vein of Sparks, who are a massive influence on Victoria and I.” It also allowed Ginger to carry on in the world of ridiculously catchy songs, as Swimwear ably demonstrates.
The second project is Mutation, the darkness to the light that is Hey! Hello!, an experimental extreme metal double album, with contributors including members of Napalm Death, Hawkeyes and the infamous Mark E. Smith among many others.
And that’s just this decade! In the beginning there were The Wildhearts, an anarchic and hard to define band, garnering comparisons such as Metallica meets The Beatles. The first charge, from the early 1990′s to 1997 created classic albums ‘Earth Vs The Wildhearts’, ‘PHUQ’ and the ahead of its time racket of ‘Endless Nameless’. The band reformed in 2001, touring extensively including European & US tours with The Darkness and releasing albums including ‘The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed’, ‘The Wildhearts’ and ‘Chutzpah!’
Along the way, Ginger has contributed to many other bands and projects, including writing songs for Jason and the Scorchers, writing and touring with Michael Monroe, three solo albums before 555% (‘Valor Del Corazon’, ‘Yoni’ and ‘Market Harbour’) and the glam rock spectacle of Silver Ginger 5 with Conny Bloom.
Ginger was born to write and play music and the next project is just over the next hill, so strap yourself in and enjoy the ride!