Courtney Love graces the cover of NME this week. In a disarmingly frank interview, she discusses drug dependency, thoughts of suicide, and sex with supermodels. Here are a few more of her most memorable soundbites.
On her sexual adventures: “I had the one good threesome ever with Billy Corgan and a stylist in ’97.” (NME, April 2010).
On herself: “I’ve always been self-destructive. I need protection from myself. I’m a widow and a single mother… I am so alone, it’s freaky.” (NME, April 2010).
On drugs: “I thought I could be both Mick (Jagger) and Keith (Richards) at the same time, but one of you has to be sober and I’m not two people. Much of my high-jinx have been drug-related. When you’re under 30, whatever, but once you’re past 40 it’s just ugly.” (Clash, February, 2010).
On Hole guitarist Micko Larkin (pictured): “I hired him before he even played a note. The vibe was good, but he didn’t even bother to learn the songs. He was that good, and he knew it.” (Clash, February 2010).
On her daughter Frances: “She lives in LA, off a trust fund which is not as big as it should be.” (NME, April 2010).
On her lyrics: “I’m the best writer of this generation. And if you don’t believe me, fine. But I dare you to find a bad one in there.” (Rolling Stone, April 2004).
On being married to Kurt Cobain: “I never expected I would be connected to the Alpha male as some kind of ancillary object, and to this day it mystifies me.” (The Telegraph, April 2010).
On her acting career: “I didn’t really want to be a movie star. I can’t even stomach (although I do it sometimes) dating actors, because they’re bitches. They’re women.” (Heeb magazine, January 2009).
On fame: “Being famous is just like being in high school. But I’m not interested in being the cheerleader. I’m not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She’s the cheerleader, and I’m out in the smoker shed.” (Seventeen magazine, August 2004).
On drug addiction: “[Kurt Cobain] was an oblivion seeker, a fucking lotus eater. I never wanted that. I was the kind of drug addict that just wanted to be comfortable in my skin.” (The Guardian, March 2010).
On all-female bands: “There are fucking riot grrrls sitting there banging on pots and pans and talking about their vaginas, and that’s all really lovely, and like the writing is great – but the music blows.” (Heeb magazine, January 2009).
On her musical achievements: “I’m a catalogue artist: I compete with Bob Dylan.” (Rolling Stone, April 2004).
On feminism: “I’ll always prefer to play with women and hang out with women, and I’ll always be a feminist. But let me tell you something. Gloria Steinem never helped me out; Larry Flynt did.” (Spin magazine, October 2005).
On Jack White: “He’s a classicist, he’s confident, he carries himself well. If we passed each other in an airport, he’s the kind of guy who could just grab me and make out with me without saying a word.” (Rolling Stone, April 2004).
On Billy Corgan (again): “He’s mean in bed, a sexual withholder. But he is great, he’s got technique.” (NME, April 2010).
On Buddhism: “I started chanting when I was living on Hollywood Boulevard, working as a stripper. Within six months, I got my first million dollars and I didn’t have to strip for bucks any more. Then I met Kurt and we still chanted, but we did a lot of drugs together.” (The Guardian, December 2010).
On show business: “Carrie Fisher called this business of show “high school with ashtrays,” which it very much is. We’re all very codified in a 17-year-old’s mindset.” (Spinnermusic.co.uk, January 2010).
On sleeping with Steve Coogan: “I hadn’t seen any [Alan] Partridge. I’d just seen 24 Hour Party People. I had a lovely two weeks, then that turned into a year of weirdness. Then I just didn’t like him any more. He was awful.” (Clash, February 2010)
On blogging: “When I post, I forget I’m famous. It’s a really bad thing: I’m a good rock musician. I am one suck-ass celebrity, though.” (Spinnermusic.co.uk, January 2010).