Pacific Coast Highway (song)

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"Pacific Coast Highway"
Single by Hole
from the album Nobody's Daughter
Released April 6, 2010
Format Digital download
Recorded August 2009 at Electric Lady Studios, New York
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 5:13
Label CherryForever
Mercury/Island Def Jam
(Universal Music Group)
Writer(s) Courtney Love, Billy Corgan
Producer(s) Michael Beinhorn, Micko Larkin
Hole singles chronology
"Skinny Little Bitch"
(2010)
"Pacific Coast Highway"
(2010)
"Letter to God"
(2010)

"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,[1] and was added on Modern Rock radio in the United States on May 5, 2010.

Background and history[edit]

"Pacific Coast Highway" was written by Courtney Love in a Los Angeles hotel on December 24, 2005[citation needed]. The song, which was one of the first to be recorded for her second studio album, How Dirty Girls Get Clean, in 2006[citation needed], 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[citation needed].

Critical reception[edit]

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".[2]

In its week of release it became the most added song to modern rock radio in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital single[3]
  1. Pacific Coast Highway - 5:13

Music video[edit]

On May 24, 2010, Courtney Love stated that a promotional music video for "Pacific Coast Highway" was in the works.[4]

Musicians and personnel[edit]

  • 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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States April 6, 2010 Digital download[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pacific Coast Highway". Island Def Jam. Retrieved 02-04-2010. 
  2. ^ Martin, Dan (2009-06-18). "The Return Of Hole - Part Two - The New Album Track-By-Track". NME. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Pacific Coast Highway (Hole)". iTunes. Retrieved 11-04-2010. 
  4. ^ Love, Courtney. Twitter / Courtney Love: "Backlash Blues" Nina Simo... https://twitter.com/CourtneyLoveUK/status/14597653859 Retrieved on June 20, 2010.