Hole – Doll Parts (Music Video)

“Doll Parts” is a song by American alternative rock band Hole, written by vocalist and guitarist Courtney Love. The song was released as the band’s sixth single and second from their sophomore studio album, Live Through This, in November 1994 to accompany the band’s North American tour. It was also the first single to be […]

“Doll Parts” is a song by American alternative rock band Hole, written by vocalist and guitarist Courtney Love. The song was released as the band’s sixth single and second from their sophomore studio album, Live Through This, in November 1994 to accompany the band’s North American tour. It was also the first single to be released following the death of bassist Kristen Pfaff in June 1994. It went on to become one of the band’s most popular songs, peaking on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks at number 4, and is considered by fans and critics alike as one of Hole’s signature songs.

Origin and recording

Courtney Love is known to have written “Doll Parts” as early as November 1991, performing it acoustically at a Hole concert in Massachusetts under the working title “I Am.” The song developed into its final form less than two weeks later and became a regular number on setlists during the band’s tour of Europe the United Kingdom the following month. Journalist Everett True also noted that Love performed an acoustic version of the song to him over a telephone at 4 a.m. during the band’s tour.

The first known studio version of “Doll Parts” was recorded on November 19, 1991 at Maida Vale Studios as part of Hole’s first radio session with BBC DJ John Peel.A second version of the song was recorded on March 27, 1993 with Mark Goodier, another BBC radio host, during a short three-date tour of England. In October 1993, the band recorded the album version of the song as part of the Live Through This sessions at Triclops Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.

Music video

Following the death of bassist Kristen Pfaff, the promotional music video for “Doll Parts” was postponed until July 1994 when Hole commissioned Samuel Bayer — who had also directed music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana — to film and direct the video. The bassist featured in the video is Jennifer Finch of L7, an old friend of Love’s who stepped in as Hole had not yet replaced Pfaff. Though originally considered as a new bassist, Finch never joined the band.

Two edits of the video has been broadcast and/or released. The original version of the video had a large amount of doll imagery, which was later taken out and replaced with shots of a barefoot Courtney Love in a field of petals. The video uses both black and white and color imagery and shots of Courtney interspersed with shots of the band playing as a whole. The video also features a small blonde boy, which many take to be the figure of the late Cobain, as he pays more than a passing resemblance to the singer in his youth, who was also featured on the cover of Hole’s 1993 single, “Beautiful Son.”
The video was nominated for Best Alternative Video at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards.



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