Rarely mentioned in the Kurt Cobain timeline is how Hole was set to release their album Live Through This
when he died by suicide. Nirvana and Hole were on equal footing when Nirvana released their Nevermind
album in 1991, taking them stratospheric. Hole, though, was also building an audience and getting lots of positive press. They signed with David Geffen's label DGC, which was ready to give Live Through This
a big push. The first single, "Miss World
," was issued in March 1994, but Cobain's suicide came soon after, putting any Hole promotion on hold. Still, DGC released the album on schedule April 12, exactly a week after Cobain's death.
Love was still reeling when Hole's bass player, Kristen Pfaff, died of a heroin overdose in June. It looked like the album would be forgotten, but Hole hit the road in August and the next single, "Doll Parts
," made a big impact, landing Hole their first chart hit and getting them significant airplay on radio and MTV. "Violet" was the next single, and kept the momentum going. The album ended up selling well over a million copies. Love remained a lightning rod, but even her critics could admit that she made some very impressive music.