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Watch Hole’s Full Valentine’s Day MTV Unplugged Set


Watch Hole’s Full Valentine’s Day MTV Unplugged Set

Back in the days when MTV used to mean music television, they aired an irreplaceable series of concerts of bands playing acoustically. The series was called Unplugged and, when I finally got satellite TV, I lived for the reshowings on MTV 2.

On Valentine’s Day 1995, Hole hit the stage at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a set of 11 songs. The band — Courtney Love, Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Eric Erlandson — played a host of their own hits. This set also included few covers like Duran Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf, the Carole King-penned He Hit Me (And it Felt Like a Kiss), and a couple of Nirvana tracks.

One of the coolest parts about the MTV Unplugged series was how impromptu it was. The artists could break a song out in the middle of a set unexpectedly, thus leading to an impromptu cover of one of the last songs Kurt wrote; the as-of-then unreleased, You Know You’re Right.

Hole’s entire performance is raw, unfiltered. The difference between having a setlist that an artist sticks to and going out there guns blazing works amazingly.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. For Hole? It absolutely fuckin’ did.


(LtR) Melissa Auf Der Maur, Eric Erlandson, Patty Schemel, and Courtney Love



A proudly queer, freelance music journalist, Em splits her time between Durham and London. When she's not at a gig, mouth-agape, she'll be camped outside of a Parisian bistro taking photographs of strangers. The little pleasures in life are the most meaningful to her: Her dog, family-and-extended, and Milkybar buttons. Her motto -- a snippet from Alexander Pope's Essay on Man -- is, "hope springs eternal."

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