Courtney Love is coming back -- with a new album, a book, a solo tour and even an appearance in a Fall Out Boy video.
Love, who's jettisoned the Hole name for her latest concerts, tells Billboard that she has "eight recorded songs right now" for an album, tentatively titled "Died Blonde," that she hopes to release in early 2014. Prior to that Love plans to release a double A-sided single featuring the songs "California" and "Wedding Day" to coincide with the publication of an as-yet-untitled memoir in time for the December holidays.
"They couldn't be more different," Love says. " 'Wedding Day's, like, two minutes and 59 seconds. It's a perfect punk song. I wish I had written it when I was 19. And 'California' is my final bid to write the perfect California song, and I think I did. the first line is 'All the lawyers are disbarred/And they've just declined your black card.' It's like a really, really tight punk-pop song and it's almost got -- I hate saying this, 'cause I grew up with these guys and I never thought I would say this in my life -- a little bit of a (Red Hot Chili) Peppers tinge to it, a little teeny twink of that. But I don't let loose on it. There's no screaming dynamic, quiet-loud, quiet-loud thing. It's a smooth song."
Love adds that the pair as well as her other new material "is not my usual (style). I don't have any Fleetwood Mac references on it. Usually I always have a Fleetwood Mac reference as well as having, like, a Big Black references. These are very unique songs that sort of magically happened. They're both very inspired songs. I decided to just put out two excellent songs instead of just the great ones, and then there's one that's shitty, but no one's ever going to hear that one. So I'd rather put out two excellent songs because I don't think the bar is set very high in popular music right now at all. And my bar's extremely high."
Love says her book, which is being published by HarperCollins, "is not competing with (Patti Smith's award-winning) 'Just Kids.' That's not the standard." Love She adds that "there's some salacious things about myself, but there's certainly no kissy-telly. I don't do kiss-tell. It's not that. In fact, you'd think I was the Virgin Mary from his book so far -- but that doesn't mean there's not juicy parts in it. It's just juicy parts about ME, not other people."
Because the music release has been pushed back to later in the year, Love calls her summer tour "kind of a mistake," but she says that she and her band are enjoying the opportunity "to get our chops on and play these little venues and play deep cuts, 'cause all the kids that are coming seem to know every word to every song -- including from 'Nobody's Daughter' and 'America's Sweetheart' (her 2004 solo album) which are two records that didn't sell. But they know those songs, which is fine by me because I really liked 'Nobody's Daughter,' and there's probably three good songs on 'America's Sweetheart' that...are really good. So it's fun to be out there and do this and play tracks that we wouldn't be playing in bigger venues."
Love will also be seen in the video for "Rat A Tat" from Fall Out Boy's new "Save Rock and Roll" album. Love guested on the recorded track and says she plays "an evil, anti-rock person" in the video.