October 15 [12:00 EDT] -- Hole's much anticipated "My Body The Hand Grenade" is now available in the U.K., but don't be fooled by it's apparent lack of chart success in that country. The record, a collection of rare or previously unreleased tracks compiled by guitarist Eric Erlandson and released only in Britain by the City Slang label, has fallen afoul of the Chart Information Network, a music industry organization that regulates the country's national music chart.
England's New Musical Express reports that the vinyl edition of the record is being victimized because it contains a poster one inch larger than the guidelines laid down by CIN, thus its sales are not being counted. According to the NME, City Slang were unaware of the ruling until the day after the album went on sale. Ironically, notes NME, the poster is surrounded by a one-inch border.
Also affected by a CIN ruling is the "Death to the Pixies" double disc release which the CIN, because of a technicality,
has insisted on listing as two separate albums. The record is appearing twice on the chart, both under the same title.
The Hole record includes 14 tracks, among them Hole's first recording, 'Turpentine', taped in a L.A. basement in March 1990; three songs from Hole's "Unplugged' performance from Feb. '95; material gleaned from BBC sessions also recorded in 1995; and tracks from their first two singles, "Retard Girl" and "Dicknail."
Erlandson wrote the liner notes, bandmate Courtney Love was in charge of the artwork which includes photographs taken throughout the band's history.