Lana Del Rey and
Lana’s latest album, Ultraviolence, is a dark journey through abuse and heartbreak. Song titles include “Cruel World,” “Sad Girl,” “Pretty When You Cry,” and the title track, “Ultraviolence,” which proclaims, “He hit me and it felt like a kiss.” Produced by Black Keys‘ guitarist Dan Auerbach, Lana told him the desired feel of the album was “blue fire,” wanting to encapsulate the color blue particularly. In a June interview with Fader, she revealed her recent bouts with sickness, physical and otherwise, “I’d been sick on tour for about two years with this medical anomaly that doctors couldn’t figure out…It’s just heavy performing for people who really care about you, and you don’t really care that much about yourself sometimes. I thought it was sad. I thought my position was sad. I thought it was sad to be in Ireland singing for people who really cared when I wasn’t sure if I did.” Many think she’s a tragedy waiting to happen.
It’s not surprising then that the “Summertime Sadness” singer has decided to partner up with a tragedy that’s already happened, Courtney Love. Hatred towards Courtney Love intensified after her husband’s death, partially due to unfounded rumors of murdering Kurt Cobain and partially due to her reputation for heroin use, suicide attempts, public intoxication, and substance abuse during pregnancy. However, unlike other tragics (e.g. Lindsay Lohan), Love has managed to come through the struggle not quite on top, but nevertheless through. As the frontwoman for the hugely influential alt-rock band, Hole, Courtney Love became an icon of the Riot grrrl movement and a decent actress to boot, starring in the critically-acclaimed films Sid and Nancy, The People vs. Larry Flynt, and Man on the Moon (not surprisingly having a penchant for playing crazy, drug-addled characters). Love is still questionably delusional and still pretending to know how to play the electric guitar, but this recent coupling with Lana Del Rey on her 2015 Endless Summer Tour may just get Courtney back in good graces, or at least better graces.
That’s not to say Love hasn’t been on point with several recent successes including solo material – the songs “You Know My Name” and “Wedding Day”, TV performances in Sons of Anarchy and Lee Daniels’ Empire, and a lead role in a “pop” opera in Manhattan. Opening up for Lana Del Rey next summer will hopefully be a success as well, though it is admittedly hard to erase the false sexual allegations and countless legal battles against my beloved Dave Grohl. They did hug it out though at Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, so I’ll let it slide for now.