You Say It’s Your Birthday: Hole’s Melissa Auf Der Maur

Also the birthday of Screaming Trees' bassist Van Conner.

Today is the birthday of Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der
Maur, who was born in 1972 in Montreal, Canada. Hole broke through to the
forefront of the “riot grrrl” movement of the early 1990s as one of the
hardest-hitting bands of the era, fronted by media darling and controversy
junkie Courtney Love.

The group formed in 1990 by Love and guitarist Eric
Erlandson, garnered attention through their flamboyant live shows and two early
singles, “Dicknail” and “Retard Girl.”

Their debut album, 1991’s Pretty
On The Inside
, was co-produced by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Gumball’s
Don Fleming. Hole and Erlandson replaced early drummer Caroline Rue with Patty
Schemel and drummer Jill Emery with Kristen Pfaff before recording their
sophomore work, 1994’s Live Through This, which featured the hits
“Violet” and “Doll Parts.”

But Hole was soon struck by a double tragedy;
first, Love’s husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, committed suicide in April
1994; then Pfaff overdosed on heroin two months later. Aud Der Maur was hired
to replace Pfaff so the group could tour, and by the year’s end Hole was raking
in critics’ acclaim.

The group contributeded a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s
“Gold Dust Woman” to the Crow II soundtrack; now that Love’s finished
with the media blitz surrounding her role in The People Vs. Larry Flynt,
Hole is beginning work on a new record. Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan is
expected to executive produce the album.

Other birthdays: Paul Kantner
(Jefferson Airplane/Starship), John Sebastian, Clarence Clemons (E Street
Band), Paul Pilnick (Stealers Wheel), Harold Brown (War), Scott Gorham (Thin
Lizzy), Mike Lindup (Level 42), Chris Walker, Van Conner (Screaming Trees) and
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins). — Beth Winegarner