Hole Give 'Malibu' Single Dance Remix Treatment

Grunge-glam quartet taps ex-Book Of Love leader to rework radio hit; may be more dance versions to come.

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."