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for February 7, 2003

What's Love Got To Do With It?
by Stiffy Biceptz

I've always appreciated Courtney Love. I not sure why, there's just something about her that appeals to my sense of independence, or disruptiveness. I don't even think that's a word.
I definitely like her better as an actress. She's a natural, especially playing street smart, punky rolls like in '200 Cigarettes' and 'The People vs. Larry Flynt'. Her first Hole album 'Live Through This' was okay, but musically she could never get out from under being HIS wife.
Lately, Courtney has been getting a little kooky. First, the ongoing battles with the unarmed members of Nirvana over rights to the dead bands financial legacy have smelled all too Yoko Onoish, and just plain ridiculous. The punk/alternative thing would have been to just let it all go to Chris and Dave. It was their music after all. Now its finally been settled, but only after numerous lawsuits and name calling, and that's what she's best known for now.
Awhile back, there was all sorts of nonsense about her and Michael Stipe hooking up, and we saw pictures of them holding hands in some airport. Two words: Will & Grace. Technically three words.
For some unexplained reason MTV recently had a Courtney Love marathon, where for many hours they showed her hanging out on pillows in a studio over time square, chatting with various and sundry people about music, politics and nothing. For a short time it was oddly compelling, but it didn't last too long. She had Stipe call in, and he dribbled on about politics and such, but it really didn't seem to have any purpose other than to confirm they were both still alive and had something important to say. At least to each other. The most interesting thing was her ability to never stop talking, and to change from topic to topic every minute, without skipping a beat. Okay, it was interesting.
Just the other day, she was arrested in London for being disruptive on a transatlantic flight. Seems she wouldn't sit down, and kept yelling at the crew, etc, etc. See previous paragraph. Didn't Peter Buck from REM recently get in trouble for the same thing ? Is this what Stipe does to people? Hmmmm.
And let us not forget her most entertaining performance at the MTV Music awards a few years back. Madonna was being interviewed by Kurt Loder, and Courtney Love practically jumped into her lap and started battling for attention. She all but challenged Madonna to a mud wrestle, then spontaneously flipped herself off the chair into a jumbled heap in front of the camera. That was the first time I ever saw Madonna look shocked. What goes around comes around.
All this notwithstanding, I still like Courtney. She's a lot of fun, kinda wacky, but I think pretty harmless. I hope she does more movies.

©2003 Stiffy Biceptz

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