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My Body the Hand Grenade


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Audio CD, October 28, 1997
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Anthology of Rare & Unreleased Recordings 1990-95.

1. Turpentine
2. Phonebill Song
3. Retard Girl
4. Burn Black
5. Dicknail
6. Beautiful Son
7. 20 Years In The Dakota
8. Miss World (Demo Version)
9. Old Age
10. Softer, Softest (From MTV's Unplugged)
11. He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss) (From MTV's Unplugged)
12. Season Of The Witch (From MTV's Unplugged)
13. Drown Soda (Live Version)
14. Asking For It (Live Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 28, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: December 10, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Efa Imports
  • ASIN: B000003SWL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kellie on July 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a strange album. A compilation of b-sides and rarities that your parents would call "ear-splitting electronic garbage."
This album is sheer genius. Sure, it is earsplitting and those not used to the noise might get a headache, but this is Courtney Love at her finest. This is a completely solid album, a wonderful anthology. There are no weak spots, there are no mistakes, there are no fillers. Let me explain.
1. Turpentine: Very, very early Hole and arguably the best. This song drips of malice and filth and sleaze. The guitars are very interesting, also.
2. Phonebill song: The loudest song on the record. Another early one, and very punk. There is nothing paticularly special about this song, but it's interesting to compare it to some of Hole's late stuff and see how they've grown.
3. Retard Girl: Hands down the best song on the album. It just SPEWS venom and cruelty. "God I hate that retard girl. . . HIT HER!" There are no facades with the song. Nor are there any apologies.
4. Burn Black: A very interesting song. The guitars will pierce your eardrums, but the song is a very important one. It has a strange neo-feminism that really isn't heard anywhere else.
5. Dicknail: This is one sick song. The lyrics are twisted and so are the guitars, but this album wouldn't be complete without it.
6. Beautiful Son: A slightly disturbing song. The music is bland and the lyrics are rather frightening. Not a personal favorite.
7. 20 Years In The Dakota: This song will blow your mind. It's sweet and demented at the same time. The tune is soothing, but the lyrics won't let you drift off.
8. Miss World: A demo version. It's quite different from the studio version. There's no, "I made my bed, I'll die in it" type-stuff and it's mellower.
9. Old Age: A gem.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Herron on August 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album spans their entire career. It's excellent.

1. Turpentine- 5/5... Perfect way to start the album. Courtney's screaming is placed right where it should be. Very strong guitar riffs. Excellent drumming.

2. Phonebill Song- 4/5... It's a good song to get you even more hyped than Turpentine did. It has great energy and it sounds almost live.

3. Retard Girl- 5/5... One of my favorite Hole songs. Great bass introduction to the song followed by a great guitar riff and strong drumming. Courtney's screeches are perfect in this song.

4. Burn Black- 5/5... Such an energy in this song. You can almost taste the anger Hole is feeding you. The lyrics are hateful, and mocking. Great chorus and bridge. This song makes it worth buying the whole album.

5. Dicknail- 4/5... Such a strong song here. The lyrics tell a story and Courtney's voice makes it even more enjoyable.

6. Beautiful Son- 5/5... A song about Kurt and how he wore Courtney's dresses. Very sweet. The song is almost as beautiful as Kurt himself. ;)

7. 20 Years In The Dakota... 5/5 Courtney managed to put in her signiture wail and make it even enjoyable to Avril fans. This is a great ode to Yoko Ono. Very mocking beat. Just... excellent. You can really feel the energy. It makes you want to sing along.

8. Miss World- 4/5 This is an orginal version of the song and it's just pure joy. Far better than the version on Live Through this too.

9. Old Age- 5/5 Has to be one of the best songs on the album. Just so beautiful, and sad. You feel like Courtney is telling your story. The lyrics tell a sad story, and although Courtney doesn't scream, this is a classic Hole song.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing album, it has semi-rare tracks and non-album versions of really good songs like the demo of "miss world" and the mtv unplugged verion of "softer softest", and the awesome "hard" song from back in the day "burn black". For anyone who likes hardcore (i guess) to more mellow soft grungy songs, i recommend this. Plus, hole just simply RULE, new and old stuff. And it's the step ya need between "Pretty On the Inside" and "Live Through This" i guess you can call it the last thing released before they went poppy (excluding their cover of "Gold dust woman"). GO GET IT NOW :-)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Hole are by far the greatest band in the world. Someday when I, a dazzeling female musician, am recognized to be the most amazing rocker grrrl on the planet... I will say "Hole is the band that gave me the voice and vision to work my a** off to get here!" For fans who don't wish to take Hole's pop-punk 101, by tracking down/listening to all the rarities, singles, and Pretty On the Inside, you can take the easy slacker way out, and just buy My Body the Hand Grenade, first. It's kinda like the X-Files movie... for people who've watched the show all five season up to the flick, it's a celebration, but for newer, less adventurous mainstream fans, it's simply a crash course done quickly, which you may or may not like/appreciate. I love Hand Grenade, which has the best version of Burn Black around! This compliation was masterminded by Eric and Courtney (mostly Eric, I'm sure)... and it contains brilliant photos showcasing all the many versions of the band, from Caroline and Jill all the way up to magnificent goddess Melissa and pretty-pouter Patty. I recommend this album to all and everyone, and if you like/love it, do yourself a favor and pick up Ask For It, while you're at it! Grrrls kick a** and Hole are the best of the best!
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