Last month, Courtney Love did what she did best and stirred controversy by putting down Bruce Springsteen‘s sax appeal. The Hole rocker insisted saxophones don’t belong in rock and roll during a rant which she has now revealed to Pitchfork, resulted in letters of apology being written.
“Unfortunately, there was my slip of the tongue, which was just a stupid thing blown way out of context. I had to write apology letters. I can’t go pissing off big rockstars who I like, who are nice to me. But listen to Germfree Adolescents — accidents are great in rock and roll, sometimes.”
The “slip of the tongue” in question involved Love explaining that her “Springsteen problem” was “just that saxophones don’t belong in rock & roll. They just don’t belong.” However, Love insisted she liked Springsteen as a person and opined that The Boss most likely doesn’t listen to Hole records.
Love also gave some insights on what occurred backstage during Nirvana‘s Rock Hall induction and how she and drummer Dave Grohl ended their formerly acrimonious relationship, which involved mudslinging from both sides. “On my way to the bathroom, I saw Grohl, and Grohl saw me, and he came up to me first – which really pissed me off, because I was going to go up to him first.”
“It brings tears to my eyes to talk about it. There were lawyers who called me tearfully and said it was the most moving moment of the night. There were some hecklers who booed me, which was weird and off and scary. I ignored it. I just looked at who was onstage and was like, ‘Ah, fuck it.'”
Regarding the band’s all-female fronted performance, Love said, “Initially, I thought it was sexist, and a little bit ghettoizing,” Love said. “But then I was like, ‘No, Kurt would have loved this.” She added that doesn’t know “where Lorde is going,” but reserved very high praise for St Vincent.
Love even touched on Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s record collection, which she says she will never sell. “This collection starts at age six and ends at age 27 – it’s like his soul in vinyl,” said Love. “Yes, there’s AC/DC, some Black Sabbath, the expected stuff. But it’s mostly novelty records like Dr Demento, and true indie of that period. Maybe we can eventually make an app out of it.”