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New Courtney Love single up for free download, one-day only

March 3, 2010 |  1:24 pm

Courtney Love

Courtney Love watchers can download “Skinny Little Bitch” for free Wednesday only. It’s the first single from Hole’s first album in a decade, “Nobody’s Daughter,” now scheduled for April 27 release.

The Web page for the download has an evocative image of a shattered glass slipper with a dainty white bow on the toe, and there are plenty of sonic shards, with no hint of daintiness, in the pile-driving track.

After Love spits out the title phrase a cappella, the band jumps in behind her with a bruising and woozy guitar-bass-drum riff and proceeds on a Godzilla-worthy rampage through the rest of its three-minute length. “Baby you’re much too young to end up with me,” she sings, leaving it intriguingly vague whether the observation is directed at another, or into a mirror. “She’s all the things you’ll never live to tell,” she growls with egoistic pride.

Love’s made several stabs in recent years to recast her wild-child public image as she’s fought to hold onto custody of her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain , which she lost in December. But to anyone who might have thought those efforts would spill over into her ferocious music, this choice of this first official missive from her new album seems to represent one big “Hell, no!”

-- Randy Lewis

Photo of Courtney Love outside the Superior Court building in downtown Los Angeles in 2005. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times