Hole aren't the first band that jumps to mind when most people think of dance remixes.
But the grunge-and-glam L.A. quartet has taken the sonic leap and recruited Ted
Ottaviano, the former leader of defunct N.Y. synth-pop band Book Of Love, to remix their
current radio hit "Malibu."
"We just wanted to see if we could tweak the song a bit and come up with some kind of
dance remix," guitarist Eric Erlandson said.
The new "Malibu" (RealAudio excerpt of original version) is the
first remix in what Erlandson said was originally conceived as an album-length series of
dance tracks to accompany the band's latest album, Celebrity Skin. While no
other plans for remixes are scheduled, the band is considering future club versions from
the album's tracks.
Although the "Malibu" remix -- the first of its kind from Hole as far as Erlandson could
remember -- is not currently scheduled for release, Erlandson said the band used it as its
exit music during a string of January dates in Australia and New Zealand on the massive
Big Day Out Tour.
"The idea was to find a bunch of DJ guys and give each one a song and release those
mixes to clubs," Erlandson said, "just get them in clubs and not release them. But it didn't
happen because [the album's first single] 'Celebrity Skin' took off so fast and people got
sick of it by the time we wanted to start the remixing stuff."
Looking to give the tunes a more club-oriented feel, Hole turned to Ottaviano, whose old
band, Book Of Love, were best known for such lush, clubby pop tunes as the 1985 hit
"Boy" and "Pretty Boys and Pretty
Girls" (RealAudio excerpt) from their 1988 album Lullaby.
Revealing a previously hidden penchant for dance club culture, Erlandson said his
interest in remixing and club music has been stoked lately by the work of British big-beat
star Fatboy Slim (born Norman Cook).
"I just came from a Fatboy Slim show and there's something cool about a guy up there
with just two turntables making that music," Erlandson said from Australia last month. "It's
not like the Prodigy or Chemical Brothers where you have these guys up there playing
something. It's just this guy with two turntables and all the kids dancing and going crazy."
At the time, Erlandson said he was a bit afraid to follow in Fatboy Slim's footsteps when
Hole played the same Melbourne club, the Metro, the next night. "I just thought, 'How do
we follow this?' " Erlandson said. "Then this girl heard me and said it's like apples and
oranges. She said the dancing, celebration crowd is the same one as the kids who will
come for the rock thing. She told me kids are still interested in the rock thing, which is
good for us."
Erlandson and the rest of Hole -- singer Courtney Love and bassist Melissa Auf Der
Maur -- will get a first-hand look at how interested those kids are in their non-dancefloor
grooves when they launch a co-headlining tour with shock-rocker Marilyn Manson on
Feb. 28 at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington.
The two-month tour, which Auf Der Maur has dubbed the "Beautiful Monsters Tour" in
honor of the groups' clashing glitz-versus-goth images, will be a test of both groups'
audiences, according to the bassist.
"I think it's a perfect complement," Auf Der Maur said of the groups' seemingly opposing
images of goth-turned-glam (Manson) and grunge-turned-glitz (Hole). "We bring on the
light after they've dragged out the dark. It's two different worlds, so I can't see how one
could make the other look bad. Theirs is black and ours is white."