Malibu (song)

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Single by Hole
from the album Celebrity Skin
B-side "Drag" (UK CD, 7")
"It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (UK CD)
Released December 29, 1998 (1998-12-29)[1]
Format CD, 12", 7"
Recorded April 1997 (1997-04)–February 1998 (1998-02)
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 3:53
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, Billy Corgan
Producer(s) Michael Beinhorn, Eric Erlandson
Hole singles chronology
"Celebrity Skin"
For other songs, see Malibu (disambiguation).

"Malibu" is a song by American alternative rock band Hole. It is the fourth track and second single from the band's third studio album, Celebrity Skin, and was released on December 29, 1998 on Geffen Records. The song was written by vocalist and rhythm guitarist Courtney Love, lead guitarist Eric Erlandson and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, who contributed to a number of other songs on Celebrity Skin.

"Malibu" was one of the Hole's most commercially and critically successful songs. The song peaked at number three on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, and garnered a Grammy nomination in 1999. The song charted at number 264 on The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born list by Blender Magazine in 2005. The single features "Drag" as well as a cover of Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" as B-sides.

Background and history[edit]

Love wrote the lyrics to the song based on her late husband Kurt Cobain's stay at a rehabilitation clinic in Malibu, California while receiving treatment for his heroin addiction prior to his suicide in 1994. The single also includes "Drag", an outtake from Celebrity Skin which was replaced by "Malibu". The song was nominated for a Grammy Award[2] in the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal field, losing to "Put Your Lights On" by Santana. The single was certified Gold in Australia in 1999, with sales in excess of 40,000.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Paul Hunter, the music video for "Malibu" was shot in the eponymous city on a beach. The video features burning palm trees and the band performing the song. Eric Erlandson is also seen waxing a surfboard, who joked "it's Marilyn Manson, I wasn't there."[3] It also alludes to Baywatch and features lifeguards holding plastic dolls as Courtney Love walks into the ocean.

It also shows the band's new drummer, Samantha Maloney, who replaced the original drummer, Patty Schemel, who had left during recording sessions of the album.[4]

Track listings[edit]


All credits adapted from Celebrity Skin's liner notes[5] except where noted.

Guest musician
Technical personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1998-99) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 11
Canada Rock Report (RPM)[7] 16
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 40
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 38
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[10] 22
US Billboard Adult Top 40[11] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 81
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[11] 16
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[12] 3



  1. ^ "Malibu - Hole : Releases". All Music. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  2. ^ The Envelope - LA Times
  3. ^ Erlandson, Eric. * v i d e o t a l k * Retrieved on April 12, 2010.
  4. ^ Hole -Malibu - Vevo
  5. ^ Celebrity Skin (CD). Hole. Geffen Records. 1998. LC 07266. 
  6. ^ " – Hole – Malibu". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ Canadian Rock peak
  8. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  9. ^ " – Hole – Malibu". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Hole | Artist | Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c Celebrity Skin – Hole: Awards at AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  12. ^ "Malibu – Hole |". Billboard. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ Patty Schemel, Eric Erlandson, Chris Whitemyer (2011). Hit So Hard: The Life and Near-Death Story of Patty Schemel (DVD). The Ebersole Hughes Company.