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Courtney Love praises Nirvana reunion, makes peace with Dave Grohl

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    Courtney Love has never been one to shy away from voicing her inner most thoughts. Lately, though, it seems that whatever filter she did have has completely vanished, as she’s denounced Bruce Springsteen and “saxophone music”, slammed Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age, and voiced her disdain for any comparisons between herself and Yoko Ono. Yet, save for a few gushing tweets, she’s all but remained mum on Nirvana’s reunion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

    Now, in an interview with Pitchfork, she’s finally offering up her take on the performance, which saw the remaining members fronted by a quartet of female vocalists, specifically Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, and Lorde. Despite some early skepticism, Love said she approved of the overall concept and the performances.

    “Initially, I thought it was sexist, and a little bit ghettoizing,” Love said. “But then I was like, ‘No, Kurt would have loved this.'” Love expresses praise for the women who stood in for her late husband, aside from stating she doesn’t know “where Lorde is going”.

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    She added, “I like the St. Vincent girl a lot — I looked at some of her YouTubes and I like her look, her attitude, her whole thing. She was pretty cool, especially for being as nervous as she probably was.” Still, it was Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon’s take on “Aneurysm” that impressed Love the most.

    “Kim gave the punkest performance, the one that Kurt would’ve approved of the most,” she said. “It was the punkest thing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has ever seen. I was really proud of that.”

    Love discussed a variety of other topics, as well. Here’s just a few of her more choice quotes:

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    On making peace with Dave Grohl: “Someone suggested we go into the press room and hug it out, but I was like, ‘What? Nooo.’ We hugged privately. We didn’t whore it out. It was genuine. I had this long speech, which I worked my ass off on, and then I saw it on the teleprompter, and was just like, ‘Don’t even bother, just get this over with and bury the hatchet.'”

    On Sky Ferreira: “I’ve never worked with Sky, but I’ve talked to her, and I’m just like, ‘You gotta scream more, man.’ Just find it. Find your scream! ”

    On meeting Jared Leto at Edgefest in 2010: “Jared Leto is standing there with his pink mohawk after our set, and he goes, ‘Hey, pretty lady.’ And I was like, ‘Jared, I know you’re a rock star'” And he goes, ‘We sold out Wembley!’ And I’m like, ‘You’re Jordan Catalano… I’m sorry. I can’t stick around to see you play.’ My daughter isn’t a fan. I go by what my kid says.”

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    On her peers’ reunion tours: “I can’t live on the oldies circuit. The band started talking about everyone who’s done it. Patty (Schemel) brought up that Jesus Lizard had done it, and I’m like, ‘Wait, wait, wait—Jesus Lizard did a reunion tour?!’ Then Melissa (Auf der Maur)’s like, ‘Yeah, Sunny Day Real Estate did it.’ And I’m like, ‘How did Sunny Day Real Estate do a reunion tour?’ It’s like anybody that ever had a Sub Pop Single of the Month did a reunion tour! I’m like, ‘Next you’re going to tell me that the Dwarves did it.’ And they did! This is crazy!”

    On being inspired by PJ Harvey: “I always knew she was better than me, and I liked that. I like knowing that there is somebody who is a better guitar player, who had it down lyrically, and kicked my ass all over town.”

    Outside of rampant smack-talking, Love recently unveiled two new blistering singles, “You Know My Name” and “Wedding Day”. Replay both below:

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