Mono (song)

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Single by Courtney Love
from the album America's Sweetheart
B-side "Fly"
Released February 16, 2004
Format CD single, maxi single, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2003
Studio Studio Miraval
Le Val, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France[1]
Genre Alternative rock, punk rock
Length 3:39
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Courtney Love, Linda Perry, Patty Schemel, Larry Schemel
Producer(s) Josh Abraham
Courtney Love singles chronology
"Hold on to Me"

"Hold on to Me"

"Mono" is the debut single released by Courtney Love, as a solo artist. Released the week after its parent album, America's Sweetheart, the single was overshadowed by issues Love was undergoing in her personal life – namely her drug addiction and legal problems – and was a subsequent commercial failure. A promotional music video for the song was also created.

Background and production[edit]

"Mono" was one of the first songs recorded during the sessions for America's Sweetheart, and was written by Love, Linda Perry, former Hole bandmate, Patty Schemel and her brother, Larry Schemel. The song was recorded at Studio Miraval, a chateau in the south of France, in 2003.

The alternate version of "Mono" – featured on the maxi single release – contains a sample of dialogue from the 1963 movie Cleopatra as spoken by actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Chris Milk,[2] the promotional music video for "Mono" received some airplay on channels such as Fuse, VH1, Kerrang! and MTV2, however, did not reach the level of popularity achieved by her previous releases with Hole. The music video featured a "sleeping beauty" theme.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mono" – 3:39
  2. "Fly" – 2:56 (Love, Jerry Best, Perry, P.Schemel)
  • Maxi single
  1. "Mono" – 3:39
  2. "Fly" – 2:56
  3. "Mono" (alternate version) – 3:41
  • 7" limited edition vinyl
  1. "Mono" – 3:39
  2. "Fly" – 2:56
  • Promo CD
  1. "Mono" (clean version) – 3:42
  2. "Mono" (explicit version) – 3:40


Year Chart Peak position
2004 Modern Rock Tracks[4] #18
2004 UK Singles Chart[5] #41


  1. ^ "America's Sweetheart (2004) |". Archived from the original on May 19, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Chris Milk. "Chris Milk – Director". Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Courtney Love – Mono at Discogs". Retrieved June 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Courtney Love – Chart history". Retrieved June 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Full Official Chart History". Retrieved June 25, 2017. 

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