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Throwback Thursday: 'Violet' by Hole

by Carolyn Menyes   Jan 31, 2014 00:22 AM EST

Music Times believes that it's never too late to go back and try something old. Throwback Thursdays will go back and pull out an album that's at least 10 years old, so that you can find something new, or revisit something you've forgotten about.

Week of 1/30/14

Who: Hole

What: "Violet" from Live Through This

When: April 12, 1994

The biggest day in the footballs is right around the corner... the Super Bowl. The 2014 edition of the American tradition will see the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks. The music of Denver... not so well established. There's OneRepublic (kind of), India.Arie (ish... she was born there) and a few other acts, but the city has no distinct sound.

Seattle, on the other hand, has been the birthplace of hard rock for over two decades, most notably grunge, which as we all know, rose in 1991 like a black hole sun all thanks to Nirvana. But, we know enough about Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Instead, for this week's Throwback Thursday, let's look a little to the left of those guys at Hole.

Best known, of course, for its controversial frontwoman (and Mrs. Cobain) Courtney Love, Hole had a similar rise in the '90s music scene as a part of riot grrrl, a feminist counterpart to the grunge movement. Though Hole aren't as in tune with the riot grrrl movement as, say, Sleater-Kinney or L7, they helped to play their part and had the most commercial success.

In the early '90s (before its sunny Grammy-nominated album Celebrity Skin), Hole took the world by the balls with its perfectly crafted second album Live Through This. The song that kicked the album off with a gusto little found in modern music? "Violet."

"Go on take everything / Take everything / I want you to go on," Love belts in the song's power-packed chorus. It's hard NOT to get pissed while listening to "Violet," though the anger comes in all the right and good feeling ways. Seriously, listen to this track and try not to constructively smash things. It's hard, just like this rock. And it's worth a good ol' Seattle (or Olympia) listen.

Check out "Violet" below:

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