Pacific Coast Highway (song)
|"Pacific Coast Highway"|
|Single by Hole|
|from the album Nobody's Daughter|
|Released||April 6, 2010|
|Recorded||August 2009 at Electric Lady Studios, New York|
|Genre||Alternative rock, power pop|
Mercury/Island Def Jam
(Universal Music Group)
|Writer(s)||Courtney Love, Billy Corgan|
|Producer||Michael Beinhorn, Micko Larkin|
|Hole singles chronology|
"Pacific Coast Highway" is the fifteenth single from alternative rock group Hole. It is the second single from the band's fourth studio album Nobody's Daughter. It was released as a digital download on April 6, 2010, and was added on Modern Rock radio in the United States on May 5, 2010.
Background and history
"Pacific Coast Highway" was written by Courtney Love in a Los Angeles hotel on December 24, 2005. The song, which was one of the first to be recorded for her second studio album, How Dirty Girls Get Clean, in 2006, was later contributed to by producer Linda Perry and Billy Corgan. In 2009, when being recorded as a Hole song, various new additions were made to the song, most notably a solo and a final bridge, both of which were written by guitarist, Micko Larkin.
The track was described by NME as,
One of the earliest songs on the session, toughened up from the Perry era, this confessional song is nonetheless one of the record’s more plaintive moments, in the vein of 'Malibu'. Lyrically, it finally addresses the scars she still bears over her husband’s death in the most brutal fashion: "I knew a boy who came from the sea/he was the only boy who ever knew the truth about me... I knew a boy who left me so ravaged/do you even know the extent of the damage? ... I’m overwhelmed and undersexed?/Baby what did you expect?/I’m overwrought and so disgraced/I’m too ashamed to show my face/And they’re coming to take me away now/what I want I will never have/I’m on the Pacific Coast Highway/With your gun in my hand".
In its week of release it became the most added song to modern rock radio in the United States.
- Digital single
- Pacific Coast Highway - 5:13
On May 24, 2010, Courtney Love stated that a promotional music video for "Pacific Coast Highway" was in the works.
Musicians and personnel
- Courtney Love - vocals
- Micko Larkin - guitars, additional producer
- Shawn Dailey - bass
- Stu Fisher - drums
- Jack Irons - additional drums
- Jenni Muldaur - backing vocals
- Michael Beinhorn - producer
- Owen Lewis - assistant producer
- Noah Goldstein - engineer
- Ryan Gilligan - additional engineer
- Ian Shea - additional engineer
- Pete Bischof - additional engineer
- D. Sardy - mixing
|United States||April 6, 2010||Digital download|
- "Pacific Coast Highway". Island Def Jam. Retrieved 02-04-2010.
- Martin, Dan (18-06-2009). "The Return Of Hole - Part Two - The New Album Track-By-Track". NME. Retrieved 18-03-2010.
- "Pacific Coast Highway (Hole)". iTunes. Retrieved 11-04-2010.
- Love, Courtney. Twitter / Courtney Love: "Backlash Blues" Nina Simo... http://twitter.com/CourtneyLoveUK/status/14597653859 Retrieved on June 20, 2010.