Celebrity Skin
by Hole

Album: Celebrity Skin (1998)
Charted: 19 85

Songfacts®:

  • Courtney Love wrote this about the pressures of being a public figure.
  • Eric Erlandson has later revealed through posts on the fan site Kittyradio.com's message boards that he was very uncomfortable and displeased with Billy Corgan's involvement on the record. All guitar riffs were written by Erlandson and all lyrics were handled by Love and Corgan, who also played bass on several tracks. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jeremy - Shelbyville, KY, for above 2
  • There was California rock band called Celebrity Skin in the '90s who may have inspired the title for this song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Regina - Los Angeles, CA
  • This plays over the end credits of the 2019 movie Captain Marvel. It's the only song in the film released after 1995, when much of the movie takes place.

Comments: 11

  • Corey from Ede, Bhutanthis song is awesome i love it
  • Kait from Somewhere, OhIt does refer to merchant of venice
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnI'm still in love with this song. Courtney can do no wrong.
  • Austin from Smallsville,new England, --This song was featured on the video game Rock Band.And yes I did like this song before the game.
  • Sibella from Pretoria, South AfricaI wonder whether 'pound of your flesh' refers to The Merchant Of Venice...?
  • Paige from Brisbane, Australiai think it is about the fakeness of holywood and just how hard it is to make it
  • Roxy from London, Englandthe song title is a reference to a hollywood magazine that prints unortharised pictures of naked celebrities, the band is also a reference to that magazine.
    "why celebrity skin?"
    Courtney: "because i've touched so much of it"
  • Madalyn from Greensburg, Panot my favorite hole song but still pretty good
  • Leah from Humboldt, Iagood song. kind applies to trying to be who everybody wants you to be.
  • Kira from Edmonton, CanadaOne a Hole's hits. This song was pretty good, post grunge. Shows the ficklness of Hollywood - "hooker, waitress, model, actress - oh just go nameless!"
  • Teri from Lewisville, TxThis is also a reference to the LA band Celebrity Skin... I think this was written not only "about the pressures of being a public figure" but also Courtney's personal experience of being made over, into someone acceptible and accessible in the industry, as opposed to being a "Grunge Queen". Remember all the fuss made about her appearance at the Oscars (I think) after she had her make over and suddenly she became a media darling (for a while at least)?
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