By the time "Malibu" was released in 1998, Courtney Love had become a successful actress and had moved to Beverly Hills, where she integrated into the celebrity culture she once railed against. She even hung out with Madonna.
It was quite a makeover, and it reflected in her music, which became more melodic and accessible. "Malibu" is a true pop song, a far cry from earlier Hole tracks like "Miss World
" and "Softer, Softest
Still, the darkness was there. While "Malibu" paints a pretty picture of the city, she rails against Hollywood culture in "Celebrity Skin
," the lead single and title track from the album.